Senate Committee Advances $287 Billion Infrastructure Bill

2019-07-30T19:39:44-04:00July 30th, 2019|Automotive Industry News, Legislative News, Roads and Infrastructure News|

U.S. Senators John Barrasso (R-WY), Tom Carper (D-DE), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), and Ben Cardin (D-MD) released the following statements on the committee’s passage of S. 2302, America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act of 2019. The $287 billion infrastructure bill won [...]

Advocacy Update: Bill Ending Surprise Medical Billing Could Save $7.6B by 2029

2019-07-30T16:00:02-04:00July 30th, 2019|Employee Benefits, Legislative News|

Legislation that would end surprise medical billing would save nearly $7.6 billion over the next decade primarily by reducing federal subsidies for healthcare and insurance, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) recently reported. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA) introduced the [...]

IRS Expands Preventive Care Benefits That Are Not Subject to HDHP Deductibles

2019-07-22T12:15:24-04:00July 22nd, 2019|Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Legislation, Health Savings Accounts, Legislative News|

A new IRS notice expands the list of preventive care benefits that may be covered by a high deductible health plan (HDHP) without a deductible, or with a deductible below the minimum deductible for an HDHP. Except for preventive care benefits, [...]

Legislative Update: Federal judge upholds Trump’s expansion of non-ObamaCare plans

2019-07-22T10:08:49-04:00July 22nd, 2019|Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Legislation, Legislative News, Small Business Health Insurance|

A federal judge on Friday upheld the Trump administration's expansion of health insurance plans that don't meet ObamaCare's coverage requirements. U.S. District Judge Richard Leon in Washington ruled against the insurance companies that sued the administration in an attempt to [...]

Connecticut Enacts Paid Family and Medical Leave Law

2019-07-22T09:18:40-04:00July 22nd, 2019|Employee Benefits Legislation, Legislative News|

On June 25, 2019, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont signed Public Act 19-25 into law, establishing a statewide paid family and medical leave program. This new paid family leave program will be funded through a mandatory payroll tax on employees of 0.5% of income, [...]

Connecticut Minimum Wage to Increase to $15 by 2023

2019-06-25T02:07:26-04:00June 24th, 2019|Employee Benefits Legislation, Legislative News|

Connecticut has adopted a schedule to gradually increase the state's minimum wage rate to $15 per hour by 2023. Because the law implements these changes over the next 5 years, the law also includes a provision that enables the state [...]

Massachusetts Update: Gov. Baker Signs A Delay Of Paid Leave Payroll Tax Into Law

2019-06-25T02:03:53-04:00June 17th, 2019|Employee Benefits Legislation, Legislative News|

Gov. Charlie Baker put in place a three-month delay to the start of a payroll tax to fund paid family and medical leave benefits for all Massachusetts workers, signing it within 90 minutes of its final legislative vote. The law [...]

Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Law: What You Need To Know

2019-06-25T02:01:26-04:00June 10th, 2019|Benefits Administration, Employee Benefits Legislation, Legislative News|

By June 30, 2019, employers must provide individualized notice to each employee (and potentially each contractor) in the state. In 2018, Massachusetts enacted the Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) law, which provides a right to up to 26 [...]

Massachusetts Distracted Driving Law: MA Senate One Step Closer to Banning Cellphone Use While Driving

2019-06-11T19:54:53-04:00June 10th, 2019|Legislative News, Safety Tips|

For the third session in a row, the Massachusetts Senate approved legislation requiring hands-free use of all mobile devices while driving. This time, however, the House and Gov. Charlie Baker appear to be on board, too. Senators voted 40-0 [...]