OSHA Imposes New Rule For Employer-Required COVID-19 Vaccines

2021-05-07T08:13:36-04:00May 7th, 2021|COVID-19 Updates, General Industry News, Labor News, Legislative News, Safety Tips|

New guidance from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration is causing some to change their COVID-19 vaccine requirements. On April 20, OSHA released the new guidance in the frequently asked questions section of its website for COVID-19 safety compliance. The [...]

The Struggle to Hire and What Businesses Can Do About It

2021-05-05T01:54:58-04:00May 3rd, 2021|COVID-19 Updates, General Industry News, Labor News|

If you’re finding it difficult to hire employees, you’re not alone. Bloomberg reports that many small businesses are struggling to find people who currently want to work—in fact, 42% say they have jobs they can’t fill. The number of people quitting [...]

DOL Guidance Focuses on 401(k)-to-IRA Rollover Advice

2021-04-19T11:55:10-04:00April 19th, 2021|Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Legislation, Labor News, Legislative News|

Investment advisors who encourage employees to roll over their 401(k) savings into an individual retirement account (IRA) must adhere to the "investor's best interest" fiduciary standard, and do so from the first conversations about rolling over fund assets—if the [...]

Important Update: DOL Issues COBRA Subsidy Guidance and Model Notices

2021-04-13T09:26:12-04:00April 12th, 2021|Benefits Administration, COVID-19 Updates, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Legislation, Labor News, Legislative News|

On April 7, 2021, the Department of Labor (DOL) published FAQs to further explain this COBRA subsidy and provided models of the required related notices. Notable Points from the FAQs Eligibility Based on Reduction in Hours.   The FAQs take an expansive view [...]

IMPORTANT: The American Rescue Plan Act Creates COBRA Subsidies and New Notice Requirements Starting April 1st

2021-04-05T12:23:50-04:00March 31st, 2021|Benefits Administration, COVID-19 Updates, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Legislation, Labor News, Legislative News|

As part of the recently enacted American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (“ARP”), certain COBRA eligible individuals are eligible for temporary premium subsidies April 1 to September 30, 2021. These subsidies will cover 100 percent of the premium for [...]

Legislative Update: American Rescue Plan Act Signed Into Law

2021-03-17T16:41:01-04:00March 17th, 2021|COVID-19 Updates, Employee Benefits Legislation, Labor News, Legislative News|

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), which is the latest bill to address the ongoing economic impacts of COVID-19, has been signed into law. Most aspects of the law do not directly affect the HR function, but those that [...]

Fall Protection Leads OSHA’s Annual ‘Top 10’ List of Most Frequently Cited Violations…for 10th Year In A Row

2021-03-03T06:30:28-05:00March 3rd, 2021|General Industry News, Labor News, Safety Tips|

“Fall Protection – General Requirements” is OSHA’s most frequently cited standard for the 10th successive fiscal year, the agency announced Feb. 26 . Patrick Kapust, deputy director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs, presented preliminary data for OSHA’s Top [...]

DOL Clarifies One-Year Limitation on COVID-19 Deadline Extensions: New Notices May Be Required

2021-03-01T12:55:38-05:00March 1st, 2021|COVID-19 Updates, Employee Benefits Legislation, Labor News, Legislative News|

In EBSA Disaster Relief Notice 2021-01, the Department of Labor (DOL) has issued a critical interpretation of prior guidance that extended certain deadlines for employee benefit plans, participants, and beneficiaries due to COVID-19. In coordination with other agencies, the DOL [...]

NH Legislative Update: ‘Right to work’ Bill Advancing in New Hampshire Legislature

2021-02-17T10:28:58-05:00February 17th, 2021|Labor News, Legislative News, New Hampshire News|

A Republican-led proposal that would limit unions from collecting fees from private sector workers is on the move again in the New Hampshire Legislature. On Thursday, the state Senate narrowly approved Senate Bill 61, which would update the state's labor [...]

Wisconsin Lawmakers Approve Waiving Businesses’ Taxes On COVID-19 Aid

2021-02-17T10:25:09-05:00February 17th, 2021|COVID-19 Updates, Labor News, Legislative News, SBA Stimulus Programs, WIsconsin News|

Thousands of businesses across Wisconsin wouldn't be taxed for coronavirus aid under a plan approved Tuesday by state lawmakers. Under the bill, Wisconsin businesses that received Paycheck Protection Program loans last year as part of federal coronavirus relief wouldn't have to pay [...]

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