Employee Benefits Legislation

Department of Labor Clarifies Pay for Travel Time in Work-from-Home Era

2021-01-19T09:01:55-05:00January 18th, 2021|Benefits Administration, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Legislation, Labor News, Legislative News|

The U.S. Department of Labor issued an opinion letter addressing whether the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) continuous workday doctrine requires employers to pay employees for commute time when they complete part of their workday from home. An opinion [...]

EEOC Provides Proposed Wellness Rules

2021-01-18T16:44:41-05:00January 18th, 2021|Benefits Administration, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Legislation, Employee Wellness Programs, Legislative News, Wellness|

On January 7, 2021, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) released two notices of proposed rulemaking (“NPRMs”) on wellness programs under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (“GINA”). Briefly, if finalized in their [...]

U.S. Department of Labor Announces Final Rule to Clarify Independent Contractor Status Under Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

2021-01-11T12:27:36-05:00January 11th, 2021|Benefits Administration, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Legislation, Labor News, Legislative News|

(VIA U.S. DOL) The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a final rule clarifying the standard for employee versus independent contractor status under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). “This rule brings long-needed clarity for American workers and employers,” [...]

Connecticut Legislative Update: What You Need to Know About the New Paid Family Medical Leave Act (PFMLA)

2021-01-07T18:09:55-05:00January 6th, 2021|Benefits Administration, Connecticut News, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Legislation, Labor News, Legislative News|

On January 1, 2021, a significant change in employment law for Connecticut employers of all sizes took effect.  Connecticut has joined many other states in creating a Paid Family and Medical Leave Act (PFMLA) that is very different than [...]

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker Signs New Health Care Law Safeguarding Telehealth Coverage

2021-01-05T12:05:20-05:00January 4th, 2021|Benefits Administration, COVID-19 Updates, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Legislation, Legislative News, Massachusetts News|

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has signed into law a telehealth bill that mandates permanent payment parity for telehealth services and established parity for primary care and chronic care management for the next two years. After signing the bill on [...]

Colorado Labor Law Updates: Changes For Employers and Workers in 2021

2021-01-05T12:10:41-05:00January 4th, 2021|Benefits Administration, Colorado News, Employee Benefits Legislation, Labor News, Legislative News|

Colorado employers have had a lot on their plate in 2020, including shifting to remote work arrangements, ensuring a safe workplace, and juggling furloughs and layoffs. As 2021 kicks off, they will have to implement several new labor law [...]

Massachusetts Labor Update: Increased Minimum Wage, Paid Family Medical Leave Program Take Effect in Massachusetts

2021-01-04T10:54:58-05:00January 4th, 2021|Benefits Administration, Employee Benefits Legislation, Labor News, Legislative News, Massachusetts News|

On January 1, 2021, a new minimum wage and a new paid family and medical leave program took effect in Massachusetts. Both changes are the result of laws passed in 2018. “As residents across our state continue to struggle [...]

IRS Provides ACA Reporting Relief for 2020

2020-11-23T21:22:54-05:00October 14th, 2020|Benefits Administration, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Legislation, Legislative News|

The IRS released very important guidance concerning employers’ obligations under the Affordable Care Act. Notice 2020-76, released October 2, 2020, addresses a broad array of topics under the ACA compliance umbrella. This post addresses two issues of critical concern [...]

Legislative Update: Guidance Issued on Payroll Tax Deferral

2020-09-24T12:56:32-04:00August 31st, 2020|Employee Benefits Legislation, Legislative News|

Late on Friday, August 28th, 2020, the IRS issued much-anticipated guidance on the payroll tax deferral that was ordered by President Donald Trump in a presidential memorandum on Aug. 8 (Notice 2020-65). The notice allows employers to defer withholding [...]

DOL Publishes More Q&A’s on Employment Laws and COVID-19

2020-07-22T08:29:38-04:00July 22nd, 2020|COVID-19 Updates, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Legislation|

Additional Guidance Applies FLSA, FMLA and FFCRA to COVID-19 Workplace Situations On July 20, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced the agency's publication of additional questions and answers about the operation of the federal Family and Medical Leave Act [...]

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