Legislative News

Legislative Updates: New COBRA and CHIP Notices Available

2020-02-19T10:21:24-05:00February 19th, 2020|Benefits Administration, Employee Benefits Legislation, Legislative News|

Cobra Notices: Updated Expiration Dates of Jan. 31, 2023 The Department of Labor (DOL) has released updated versions of its model COBRA General Notice and model COBRA Election Notice, both with an expiration date of Jan. 31, 2023. As a reminder, these notices [...]

Colorado Employers to Comply with New Wage Payment Requirements

2020-01-30T14:59:04-05:00January 30th, 2020|Benefits Administration, Colorado News, Legislative News|

The new Overtime and Minimum Pay Standards Order Becomes Effective March 16 On Jan. 22, 2020, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) announced the adoption of the Colorado Overtime and Minimum Pay Standards Order #36 (COMPS 36). COMPS 36 [...]

DOL Increases Penalties for Group Health Plan Violations

2020-01-22T12:40:40-05:00January 22nd, 2020|Benefits Administration, Employee Benefits Legislation, Legislative News|

2020 DOL Penalty Amounts for ERISA Violations Issued The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has increased the penalties employers face under ERISA for group health plan reporting and disclosure failures. These new amounts apply to penalties assessed after Jan. [...]

Quick Notes: Massachusetts Labor Compliance for 2020

2020-01-14T18:34:56-05:00January 14th, 2020|Legislative News, Massachusetts News|

As of January 1, Massachusetts employers have a number of new compliance issues facing them. Per existing statute, the Massachusetts minimum wage increased to $12.75 per hour for non-exempt employees, and tipped employees must now be paid at least $4.95 [...]

A Conversation: Does the New Hampshire Road Usage Bill Punish Owners of Fuel-Efficient Cars?

2020-01-07T17:31:48-05:00January 7th, 2020|Legislative News, New Hampshire News, Roads and Infrastructure News|

We want to share with you an opinion piece about the New Hampshire Road Usage Bill (House Bill 478 and House Bill 1649) and whether or not it sends the right message to owners of fuel efficient cars. We [...]

Massachusetts Minimum Wage is Now $12.75 Per Hour as of Jan 1, 2020

2020-01-02T08:02:47-05:00January 2nd, 2020|Legislative News|

On New Years Day, the minimum wage in Massachusetts will increase from $12 an hour to $12.75. The rate will continue to bump up each year until it reaches $15 in 2023. The higher minimum wage will put added [...]

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 [...]