Employee Benefits Legislation

Connecticut Minimum Wage to Increase to $15 by 2023

2019-06-25T02:07:26-04:00June 24th, 2019|Employee Benefits Legislation, Legislative News|

Connecticut has adopted a schedule to gradually increase the state's minimum wage rate to $15 per hour by 2023. Because the law implements these changes over the next 5 years, the law also includes a provision that enables the state [...]

Massachusetts Update: Gov. Baker Signs A Delay Of Paid Leave Payroll Tax Into Law

2019-06-25T02:03:53-04:00June 17th, 2019|Employee Benefits Legislation, Legislative News|

Gov. Charlie Baker put in place a three-month delay to the start of a payroll tax to fund paid family and medical leave benefits for all Massachusetts workers, signing it within 90 minutes of its final legislative vote. The law [...]

Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Law: What You Need To Know

2019-06-25T02:01:26-04:00June 10th, 2019|Benefits Administration, Employee Benefits Legislation, Legislative News|

By June 30, 2019, employers must provide individualized notice to each employee (and potentially each contractor) in the state. In 2018, Massachusetts enacted the Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) law, which provides a right to up to 26 [...]

DOL Issues FAQs About Association Health Plans

2019-06-25T01:53:07-04:00May 21st, 2019|Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Legislation|

Association Health Plans (AHPs), under the Department of Labor’s (Department) final rule, are group health plans that employer groups and associations offer to provide health coverage to employees. The Department’s final rule on AHPs was published on June 21, [...]

The U.S. DOL Unveils New Proposed Overtime Rule

2019-06-25T01:38:41-04:00March 8th, 2019|Company News, Employee Benefits Legislation|

On Thursday, March 7, 2019, after months of speculation from the business community, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, proposing to amend the overtime pay exemption requirements under the Fair Labor Standards [...]

MA Employers: HIRD is Back and Due November 30th

2018-11-07T10:51:46-04:00November 7th, 2018|Employee Benefits Legislation|

Well, it is back. Massachusetts employers with six or more employees are required to annually submit the new Health Insurance Responsibility Disclosure (“HIRD”) form, regardless of whether they offer health insurance to their employees or not. The Massachusetts [...]

New Bill Would Allow Health Savings Account (H.S.A.) Use for Home Care Services

2018-10-10T09:06:37-04:00October 10th, 2018|Employee Benefits Legislation|

New Bill Would Allow Health Savings Account (H.S.A.) Use for Home Care Services A new bill introduced in the House of Representatives would make it possible for patients to use a health savings account (HSA) for home care [...]

Need to Know: Federal Laws that Affect Employers

2018-09-18T13:00:00-04:00September 18th, 2018|Employee Benefits Legislation, Small Business Health Insurance|

As many employers know, there are a variety of federal laws that impact the workplace.  Federal law imposes responsibilities on employers which they should regularly review for compliance.  Even well-known laws are frequently updated by regulation, without legislative action.  [...]

Legislative Update: The Latest on Health Savings Accounts (HSAs)

2018-07-27T12:00:00-04:00July 27th, 2018|Employee Benefits Legislation, Small Business Health Insurance|

On Wednesday, the House of Representatives adopted two health care bills, H.R. 6199 and H.R. 6311, that expand tax-advantaged health care accounts, including Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs), and Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs). Previous versions of [...]

Important Legislative Update: DOL Releases Association Health Plan Rule

2018-06-20T12:00:00-04:00June 20th, 2018|Employee Benefits Legislation|

On June 19th, 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released its long awaited final rule on Association Health Plans (AHPs), which the Self-Insurance Institute of America Inc. (SIIA) has been actively involved in through comments and advocacy. The [...]