Employee Benefits Compliance

Compliance Update: 5 Most Important Steps for Employers Doing Their 2023 ACA Compliance Planning

2022-09-20T17:19:03-04:00September 20th, 2022|ACA Compliance, Benefits Administration, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Compliance|

Applicable large employers must adhere to many Affordable Care Act (ACA) rules to maintain compliance regarding group health plan offerings. We offer the following checklist of the five most helpful reminders you should take into account as you plan [...]

Human Resources Alert: Connecticut Expands Antidiscrimination Protections

2022-09-16T14:07:17-04:00September 15th, 2022|Benefits Administration, Connecticut News, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Compliance, Labor News, Legislative News|

Connecticut has amended its human rights law to broaden coverage to all employers—regardless of their employee count—and to add domestic violence protections. The changes take effect on October 1, 2022. Antidiscrimination Protections The Connecticut Fair Employment Practices Act (CFEPA), [...]

Connecticut Adds CT FMLA Notice Requirements

2022-08-17T12:07:21-04:00August 17th, 2022|Benefits Administration, Connecticut News, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Compliance, Labor News|

Connecticut has adopted new family and medical leave (CT FMLA) regulations. While the updated regulations primarily incorporate the changes to the law that took effect on January 1, 2022, they also create new notice requirements, described below. According to [...]

Agencies Issue Report on Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act

2022-08-17T11:37:40-04:00August 4th, 2022|Benefits Administration, Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Compliance, Employee Benefits Legislation, Wellness|

The DOL, HHS, and IRS issued a report to Congress on the failure by group health plans to comply with the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA). The report is required by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (CAA), which [...]

Reminder: PCORI Fee Is Due Aug. 1 for Self-Insured Health Plans

2022-07-19T15:19:31-04:00July 19th, 2022|Benefits Administration, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Compliance, Human Resources|

At the end of last year, the IRS raised the fee that insurers or sponsors of self-insured health plans pay annually to fund the federal Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) trust fund. The new fee is $2.79 per covered [...]

Connecticut Increases Minimum Wage and Expands Employees’ First Amendment and Cannabis Rights

2022-06-15T21:56:44-04:00June 15th, 2022|Connecticut News, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Compliance, Employee Benefits Legislation|

The following laws take effect in Connecticut on July 1, 2022. They apply to employers of all sizes. MINIMUM WAGE INCREASES Connecticut’s state minimum wage will increase to $14.00 per hour. The minimum base wage for tipped service employees [...]

Labor Alert: Department of Homeland Security Ending Temporary Policy for Form I-9 Identity Documents

2022-04-20T07:14:45-04:00April 20th, 2022|Benefits Administration, COVID-19 Updates, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Compliance, Human Resources, Labor News|

Beginning May 1, 2022, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is ending its temporary Form I-9 policy that allows employers to accept List B documents that expired on or after March 1, 2020. DHS adopted the temporary policy in [...]

Connecticut Department of Labor Issues Final Proposed Connecticut Family and Medical Leave Act Regulations

2022-04-20T13:17:54-04:00April 19th, 2022|Benefits Administration, Connecticut News, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Compliance, Employee Benefits Legislation, Labor News|

For months, employers have been eagerly awaiting updated regulations that address the revisions to the Connecticut Family and Medical Leave Act. At last, on March 22, 2022, the Connecticut Department of Labor released its final proposed amended FMLA regulations, answering questions [...]

US Department of Labor Announces Proposed Rule to Amend Occupational injury, Illness Recordkeeping

2022-03-30T11:05:49-04:00March 29th, 2022|Benefits Administration, Employee Benefits Compliance, Employee Benefits Legislation, Labor News, Legislative News, Safety Tips|

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration is proposing amendments to its occupational injury and illness recordkeeping regulation, 29 CFR 1904.41. The current regulation requires certain employers to electronically submit injury and illness information – that [...]

Human Resources: An Employee Can No Longer Lift 50 Pounds. Can We Terminate?

2022-02-23T12:55:31-05:00February 23rd, 2022|Benefits Administration, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Compliance, Human Resources|

Question: An employee in a job that regularly requires lifting 50 pounds now says they can only regularly lift 25 because of an off-the-job injury. Can we terminate? Answer: Possibly, but proceed with caution. The Americans with Disabilities Act [...]