IMPORTANT: The American Rescue Plan Act Creates COBRA Subsidies and New Notice Requirements Starting April 1st

2021-04-05T12:23:50-04:00March 31st, 2021|Benefits Administration, COVID-19 Updates, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Legislation, Labor News, Legislative News|

As part of the recently enacted American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (“ARP”), certain COBRA eligible individuals are eligible for temporary premium subsidies April 1 to September 30, 2021. These subsidies will cover 100 percent of the premium for [...]

Legislative Update: American Rescue Plan Act Signed Into Law

2021-03-17T16:41:01-04:00March 17th, 2021|COVID-19 Updates, Employee Benefits Legislation, Labor News, Legislative News|

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), which is the latest bill to address the ongoing economic impacts of COVID-19, has been signed into law. Most aspects of the law do not directly affect the HR function, but those that [...]

DOL Clarifies One-Year Limitation on COVID-19 Deadline Extensions: New Notices May Be Required

2021-03-01T12:55:38-05:00March 1st, 2021|COVID-19 Updates, Employee Benefits Legislation, Labor News, Legislative News|

In EBSA Disaster Relief Notice 2021-01, the Department of Labor (DOL) has issued a critical interpretation of prior guidance that extended certain deadlines for employee benefit plans, participants, and beneficiaries due to COVID-19. In coordination with other agencies, the DOL [...]

U.S. Department of Labor Confirms Investment Advice Exemption

2021-02-17T10:22:47-05:00February 17th, 2021|Benefits Administration, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Legislation, Legislative News|

Includes important retirement investor protections; additional guidance forthcoming WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration has confirmed that “Improving Investment Advice for Worker & Retirees,” an exemption for investment advice fiduciaries, will go into effect as scheduled [...]

Reminder OSHA Form 300a Must Be Posted by February 1

2021-01-28T11:42:44-05:00January 28th, 2021|Benefits Administration, Employee Benefits Legislation, Labor News, Legislative News, Workers Compensation|

The OSHA Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses (Form 300), Summary (Form 300A), and Instructions can be found in the Forms section of the HR Support Center by searching for OSHA Form 300. Click the link that says, “OSHA [...]

The Impact of COVID-19 on Paid Leave

2021-01-21T12:01:36-05:00January 21st, 2021|Benefits Administration, COVID-19 Updates, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Legislation, Labor News, Legislative News|

Paid time off (PTO) is one of the employee benefits that employees value most. The pandemic, however, upset many employees’ PTO plans due to travel restrictions and the cancellation of trips and family gatherings. It has also raised numerous [...]

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 [...]

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