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 [...]

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

2021-10-04T16:23:09-04:00October 4th, 2021|Benefits Administration, Employee Benefits, Labor News|

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). Declared in 1988 by the United States Congress (though its roots go back to 1945 when Congress urged employment for WWII servicemembers with disabilities), NDEAM is a good occasion for us [...]

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 [...]

OSHA Interpretive Rule on Anti-Retaliation Now Allows Only ‘but-for’ Causation

2021-09-09T07:21:32-04:00September 9th, 2021|Labor News, Legislative News|

OSHA has amended one of the rules interpreting the anti-retaliation provision of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970. According to a final interpretive rule published in the Sept. 3 Federal Register, the change was made to clarify the causal connection [...]

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? [...]

How Big a Part of the Colorado Economy is the Oil, Gas Industry?

2021-07-21T16:03:50-04:00July 21st, 2021|Colorado News, Fuel Industry News, Labor News|

A new report by a national industry group that says oil and gas development supports hundreds of thousands jobs in Colorado arrives amid robust discussions on the economic recovery and energy future of the state and nation. The report [...]

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 [...]

FMCSA Extends COVID-19 Emergency Declaration

2021-06-02T11:16:18-04:00June 1st, 2021|Automotive Industry News, General Industry News, Labor News, Legislative News|

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration once again is extending temporary hours-of-service exemptions and other “regulatory relief” for commercial motor vehicle drivers transporting items intended to assist with COVID-19 pandemic relief efforts. Announced May 26, the extension of Emergency Declaration 2020-002, initially [...]

Massachusetts Updates Premium Pay Under Blue Laws

2021-05-28T08:03:45-04:00May 28th, 2021|Benefits Administration, Labor News, Legislative News, Massachusetts News|

Massachusetts has made several revisions to its “blue laws” that require most employers that are retailers to pay premium pay for work on certain holidays. First, the Commonwealth has designated Juneteenth Independence Day, June 19, as a legal holiday. [...]