Human Resources

New DOL Guidelines: Employee vs. Independent Contractor Classification

2024-02-02T21:17:56-05:00February 2nd, 2024|2024, Human Resources, Labor News, Legislative News|

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has recently issued final guidance on differentiating between employees and independent contractors under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The DOL Independent Contractor Rule, crucial for businesses in the automotive industry, including carwashes, [...]

Benefits Administration: What is COBRA?

2023-10-05T13:13:09-04:00July 3rd, 2023|2023, Benefits Administration, Employee Benefits, Human Resources|

COBRA is short for the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985. It’s a federal law that allows certain employees and covered dependents to elect to continue their same group health coverage, at their own cost, when it would [...]

Labor and Legislative Alert: Federal Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Takes Effect

2023-10-05T13:13:10-04:00June 14th, 2023|2023, Benefits Administration, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Compliance, Employee Benefits Legislation, Human Resources, Labor News, Legislative News|

The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) is a federal law that prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions. The PWFA was signed into law by the White House on December 29, 2022, and [...]

Reminder: Annual OSHA Form 300A Posting Begins February 1

2023-04-17T11:10:11-04:00January 19th, 2023|2023, Benefits Administration, Employee Benefits Compliance, Human Resources, Safety Tips, Workers Compensation|

Employers that had 11 or more employees at any point in 2022 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. The [...]

Colorado Increases Minimum Wage and Requires Deductions Notice

2023-04-17T11:10:57-04:00December 13th, 2022|2022, Colorado News, Employee Benefits Legislation, Human Resources, Labor News, Legislative News|

The following changes to Colorado employment law apply as of January 1, 2023. MINIMUM WAGE Statewide Colorado’s minimum wage will increase to $13.65 per hour. The minimum base wage for tipped employees will increase to $10.63 per hour. The [...]

Ohio Minimum Wage Set to Increase on January 1, 2023

2023-04-17T11:10:58-04:00December 13th, 2022|2022, Benefits Administration, Employee Benefits Legislation, Human Resources, Labor News, Legislative News, Ohio News|

Ohio’s minimum wage is scheduled to increase on Jan. 1, 2023, to $10.10 per hour for non-tipped employees and $5.05 per hour for tipped employees. The minimum wage will apply to employees of businesses with annual gross receipts of [...]

Connecticut Expands Protections Against Discrimination Based on Erased Criminal History

2023-06-21T09:22:34-04:00December 12th, 2022|2022, Connecticut News, Human Resources, Labor News, Legislative News|

Beginning on January 1, 2023, employers of all sizes will be prohibited from discriminating against applicants and employees on the basis of their erased criminal history records. This closes the loophole in the current law, which in effect allows [...]

Colorado Requires Contributions for Paid Family and Medical Leave on January 1

2023-04-17T11:12:09-04:00October 31st, 2022|2022, Colorado News, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Compliance, Human Resources|

Colorado’s paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program (FAMLI) will launch next year. FAMLI benefits include partial wage replacement, job protection, and continuation of group health care coverage. FAMLI is funded by payroll contributions and is administered by the [...]

Human Resources: What is Discrimination?

2023-04-17T11:12:13-04:00September 1st, 2022|2022, Benefits Administration, Human Resources|

A hiring manager, eager to fill an exciting new role in the company, reacquaints himself with a candidate’s resume as that candidate takes a seat across from him. Looking up, the hiring manager jolts involuntarily, surprised to see a [...]

Reminder: PCORI Fee Is Due Aug. 1 for Self-Insured Health Plans

2023-04-17T11:12:16-04:00July 19th, 2022|2022, Benefits Administration, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Compliance, Human Resources|

At the end of last year, the IRS raised the fee that insurers or sponsors of self-insured health plans pay annually to fund the federal Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) trust fund. The new fee is $2.79 per covered [...]