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 [...]

CMS: Employer Plans Can’t Deny Benefits to the Unvaccinated, But Can Offer Premium Discounts

2021-10-05T09:46:10-04:00October 5th, 2021|Benefits Administration, COVID-19 Updates, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Legislation, Legislative News|

Employer group health plans cannot deny benefits to customers who have not gotten the COVID-19 vaccine but can offer premium discounts to customers who decide to get the shot, new guidance from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services [...]

Massachusetts COVID-19 Emergency Paid Sick Leave Extended To April 1, 2022

2021-10-04T16:34:17-04:00October 4th, 2021|Benefits Administration, COVID-19 Updates, Employee Benefits Legislation, Labor News, Legislative News, Massachusetts News|

Massachusetts has updated its COVID sick leave law to extend the deadline and expand the reasons for leave. As before, the law applies to all employers and entitles employees to paid leave when they can’t work for certain COVID-related [...]

Update on The White House Actions Regarding Vaccinations and More on September 9th

2021-09-16T13:46:40-04:00September 15th, 2021|Benefits Administration, COVID-19 Updates, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Legislation, Health Savings Accounts, Labor News, Legislative News|

On September 9, 2021, President Joe Biden announced a “Path Out of the Pandemic,” indicating he will use regulatory powers and other actions to increase the number of vaccinated Americans. In short, the plan provides the following: Employers with [...]

The Employee Retention Tax Credit: How Do You Claim It?

2021-09-01T16:56:32-04:00August 31st, 2021|Benefits Administration, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Legislation, Labor News, Legislative News, Tax News|

Congress created the Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC) in March 2020 to provide financial relief to small businesses during the pandemic. Here’s some key facts about the ERTC and how to benefit from it. What is the Employee Retention Tax Credit? [...]

OSHA’s Updates Guidance for COVID-19 in the Workplace

2021-07-12T19:25:04-04:00July 12th, 2021|COVID-19 Updates, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Legislation, Safety Tips|

When the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rolled out its COVID-19 Healthcare Emergency Temporary Standard on June 10, 2021, it also issued its updated Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in non-healthcare workplaces. In its previous guidance, published January 2021, [...]

2022 Changes and Increases to Health Savings Account and HDHP Limits

2021-06-17T07:09:52-04:00June 17th, 2021|Benefits Administration, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Legislation, Health Savings Accounts, Legislative News|

In May, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced the 2022 health savings account (HSA) annual contribution limit and the 2022 high deductible health plan (HDHP) definitional limit per Internal Revenue Code Section 223. Under Revenue Procedure 2021-25 the limits for [...]

Massachusetts Passes Paid COVID-19 Sick Leave

2021-06-07T17:51:29-04:00June 7th, 2021|Benefits Administration, COVID-19 Updates, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Legislation, Labor News, Legislative News, Massachusetts News|

Starting June 7, employers are required to provide paid COVID-19 sick leave to employees who can’t work because of COVID. COVID sick leave is in addition to other leaves the employer provides, whether required by law or provided as part of [...]

OSHA Reversal: Recording Vaccine Reactions in the Workplace

2021-05-27T10:59:19-04:00May 27th, 2021|COVID-19 Updates, Employee Benefits Legislation, Labor News, Legislative News, Safety Tips|

Employers that encourage or require workers to get vaccinated against the coronavirus must carefully navigate legal requirements and government recommendations—but the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently gave employers a break by saying they don't have to record [...]