Labor Alert: Department of Homeland Security Ending Temporary Policy for Form I-9 Identity Documents

2022-04-20T07:14:45-04:00April 20th, 2022|Benefits Administration, COVID-19 Updates, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Compliance, Human Resources, Labor News|

Beginning May 1, 2022, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is ending its temporary Form I-9 policy that allows employers to accept List B documents that expired on or after March 1, 2020. DHS adopted the temporary policy in [...]

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 [...]

Positive Drug Tests For U.S. Workers at Highest Level in 20 Years

2022-04-01T08:05:10-04:00April 1st, 2022|Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Employee Benefits|

Paced by a continuing increase in marijuana positivity rates, the positive drug test rate for U.S. workers reached its highest level in two decades in 2021, according to an annual analysis conducted by lab services provider Quest Diagnostics. Researchers [...]

Cutting Workers Compensation Claims Through Mental Health Support

2022-03-09T15:50:49-05:00March 9th, 2022|Employee Benefits, Safety Tips, Workers Compensation|

Employers have a large opportunity to reduce absenteeism, cut workers’ compensation claims and improve staff engagement by adapting how they manage mental and behavioral health in the workplace. Behavioral health claims do not only affect the individual employee, they [...]

Human Resources: An Employee Can No Longer Lift 50 Pounds. Can We Terminate?

2022-02-23T12:55:31-05:00February 23rd, 2022|Benefits Administration, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Compliance, Human Resources|

Question: An employee in a job that regularly requires lifting 50 pounds now says they can only regularly lift 25 because of an off-the-job injury. Can we terminate? Answer: Possibly, but proceed with caution. The Americans with Disabilities Act [...]

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 [...]

Employee Benefits Compliance: How to Comply with the Affordable Care Act in 2022

2022-02-04T13:48:25-05:00February 4th, 2022|ACA Compliance, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Compliance|

We wanted to share with you this great content from the Society of Human Resources Management This guide is designed to help employers that sponsor group health plans review their compliance with key provisions of the Affordable Care Act [...]

Compliance Alert: OSHA Form 300A Must Be Posted by February 1

2022-01-26T15:13:08-05:00January 26th, 2022|Benefits Administration, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Compliance, Workers Compensation|

Employers that had 11 or more employees at any point in 2021 are required to post Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Form 300A from February 1 through April 30 unless they qualify as an exempt low-risk industry. A [...]

Health and Wellness: Remember to Schedule Your Annual Physical

2022-01-24T11:49:57-05:00January 24th, 2022|Employee Benefits, Health Care, Wellness|

If your resolutions have anything to do with improving your health, here’s a great tip: pick up the phone or go online and schedule your yearly physical with a primary care physician now! Many people wait until a cough [...]

Compliance Alert: Final 2021 Instructions for Forms 1094-C and 1095-C Issued

2022-01-05T12:19:56-05:00January 4th, 2022|ACA Compliance, Benefits Administration, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Compliance, Legislative News|

The IRS released final Instructions for Forms 1094-C and 1095-C for calendar year 2021 reporting. Applicable large employers (“ALEs”) must furnish Form 1095-C to full-time employees and file Form 1094-C and all 1095-Cs with the IRS. ALEs offering a [...]