Employee Benefits

Furlough, Lay-Off, Reduction in Force: What Does It All Mean?

2020-03-26T15:38:48-04:00March 26th, 2020|Benefits Administration, Employee Benefits|

As the coronavirus spreads across the country, millions of jobs are being lost to shelter-in-place orders and lack of customers. People have been hearing the terms furlough, lay-off, and reduction in force far more than usual given these uncertain [...]

DOL: New Paid Leave Requirements Take Effect April 1

2020-03-26T15:20:24-04:00March 26th, 2020|Benefits Administration, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Legislation, Legislative News|

Coronavirus Response Act Applies to Leaves Taken April - Dec. 2020 The paid leave provisions of the recently enacted Families First Coronavirus Response Act will go into effect April 1, 2020, according to Q&As released by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). [...]

DOL Releases Information on Paid Sick Leave, Expanded Family and Medical Leave

2020-03-25T13:42:32-04:00March 25th, 2020|Benefits Administration, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Legislation, Legislative News|

On Tuesday March 24th, 2020, The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division announced its first round of published information for employees and employers to know how to use the protection and relief offer. According to The U.S. [...]

Telehealth: Easy Alternative to Doctor Office Visits

2020-03-17T08:42:20-04:00March 17th, 2020|Employee Benefits|

The coronavirus pandemic is entering a new stage of global spread. More than 125,000 people have been infected, and more than 4,500 have died across more than 100 countries where cases have been reported. The outbreak has generated a frenzy [...]

DOL Issues Guidance on COVID-19 and FMLA

2020-03-12T13:18:55-04:00March 12th, 2020|Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Legislation, Legislative News, Wellness|

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued Q&As on the federal Family and Medical Leave Act in the context of COVID-19 and other public health emergencies. Under the FMLA, covered employers must provide eligible employees with up to 12 weeks [...]

Important Information about How to Report 2019 Massachusetts PFML Wages

2020-01-23T08:54:04-05:00January 23rd, 2020|Benefits Administration, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Legislation, Massachusetts News|

The Massachusetts Department of Revenue recently released important information on how to report PFML Wages for the 4th Quarter 2019 Paid Family and Medical Leave Return. The Department of Family and Medical Leave is providing this update for all employers participating in [...]

Legislative Update: Spending Bill Would Repeal Up To Three Obamacare Taxes

2020-01-02T07:51:09-05:00January 2nd, 2020|Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Legislation, Legislative News, Small Business Health Insurance|

Negotiations are ongoing, but it looks like the fiscal year 2020 spending bill will include permanent repeal of up to three Obamacare taxes: the so-called “Cadillac” tax on health insurance benefits, an excise tax on medical devices, and the [...]

FSA Contribution and Other Benefits Limits Rise for 2020

2019-12-02T11:13:50-05:00December 2nd, 2019|Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Legislation, Legislative News|

The IRS announced an increase to flexible spending account (FSA) contribution limits for the 2020 plan year. Individuals can contribute $2,750 in 2020, up $50 from the previous year. Since this announcement came so late in the year, some [...]