Employee Benefits Legislation

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

New Updated Guidelines On Preventive Health Care Services

2022-02-09T06:13:32-05:00February 9th, 2022|ACA Compliance, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Legislation, Health Care|

On January 11, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced updated guidelines for preventive care and screening for women and infants, children, and adolescents. These guidelines help providers make clinical decisions and establish [...]

Legislative Update: Supreme Court Blocks OSHA Vaccine or Test Mandate

2022-01-17T11:31:00-05:00January 13th, 2022|COVID-19 Updates, Employee Benefits Legislation, Labor News, Legislative News|

The Supreme Court on Thursday, January 13, 2022 issued mixed rulings in a pair of cases challenging Biden administration COVID-19 vaccine mandates, allowing the requirement for certain health care workers to go into effect while blocking enforcement of a [...]

Human Resources and Benefits Administration: Are Remote Employees Eligible for FMLA?

2021-12-15T09:53:15-05:00December 15th, 2021|Benefits Administration, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Legislation|

This is a question being asked more and more. Are remote employees eligible for FMLA? Yes, these new remote employees will likely be entitled to take leave under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), but not just [...]

Massachusetts Labor Update: Massachusetts Minimum Wage and PFML Increases for 2022

2021-12-14T12:38:12-05:00December 14th, 2021|Benefits Administration, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Legislation, Labor News, Massachusetts News|

The Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave (DFML) has continued to issue guidance and clarifications regarding the Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Act (PFML) since the law went into effect in January 2021. Below is a summary [...]

Connecticut Legislative Alert: Connecticut Expands Family and Medical Leave

2021-11-05T15:48:07-04:00November 3rd, 2021|Benefits Administration, Connecticut News, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Legislation, Legislative News|

Starting January 1, 2022, the Connecticut Family and Medical Leave Act (CT FMLA) will apply to all employers, requiring them to provide unpaid, job-protected leave to employees. Several other expansions of the law will also take effect at the [...]

What You Need to Know About the No Surprises Act, Taking Effect on January 1, 2022

2021-11-05T15:58:30-04:00October 26th, 2021|Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Legislation, Legislative News|

What Is the No Surprises Act? The No Surprises Act provides patients with protection from surprise medical bills under certain circumstances. It also mandates transparency regarding healthcare costs and holds patients liable for in-network cost-sharing amounts only. Additionally, the [...]