Legislative News

Update: Massachusetts Right to Repair Law

2020-07-27T10:29:25-04:00July 27th, 2020|Automotive Industry News, Legislative News, Massachusetts News|

Voters in Massachusetts will have the opportunity to decide in November whether independent auto service facilities should have access to telematically transmitted vehicle diagnostic and repair data. The Massachusetts Right to Repair Committee recently turned in 24,000 signatures, well [...]

N.H. Bill Would Impose New Insurer Requirements in Wake of COVID-19

2020-07-20T08:18:44-04:00July 20th, 2020|COVID-19 Updates, Employee Benefits Legislation, Legislative News, New Hampshire News|

The New Hampshire House of Representatives has passed H.B. 1166. If voted into law, this legislation would require the state to provide free personal protective equipment to small employers, eliminate cost-sharing for COVID-19 testing and treatment, and extend paid [...]

The Employee Retention Credit and How it Can Help Your Business

2020-07-15T12:23:33-04:00July 15th, 2020|COVID-19 Updates, Legislative News, SBA Stimulus Programs|

Organizations that have been impacted financially by COVID-19 may be able to take advantage of a refundable tax credit called the Employee Retention Credit. The credit is designed to encourage organizations to keep employees on their payroll and is [...]

Massachusetts Right to Repair Law Heads to Ballot

2020-06-17T10:46:53-04:00June 17th, 2020|Automotive Industry News, General Industry News, Legislative News, Massachusetts News|

The Massachusetts Right to Repair Coalition has collected more than 26,000 additional signatures to ensure it's initiative of a new Car Repair Choice law reaches the November ballot, according to a press release. According to the release, the 26,000 [...]

U.S. Department of Labor Announces Availability of $11.5 Million in Worker Safety and Health Training Grants

2020-06-02T12:36:06-04:00June 2nd, 2020|COVID-19 Updates, Legislative News, Safety Tips|

(VIA OHSA.GOV) WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today announced the availability of $11.5 million in Susan Harwood Training Grants for nonprofit organizations, including community and faith-based organizations, employer associations, labor unions, joint [...]

IRS Provides More Options for Unused Funds in Health FSAs and DCAPs

2020-05-18T11:12:57-04:00May 18th, 2020|Benefits Administration, COVID-19 Updates, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Legislation, Legislative News|

Options Include an Extended Period for Incurring Expenses and Increased Health FSA Carryover Limit Flexible spending accounts are about to get more flexible for people who have seen their household budgets upended by the Coronavirus pandemic. Account holders will [...]

New COVID-19 Guidance for Section 125 Mid-year Election Change Rules

2020-05-18T09:34:34-04:00May 18th, 2020|COVID-19 Updates, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Legislation, Legislative News|

Guidance Applies to Employer-Sponsored Health Coverage, Health FSAs and DCAPs On May 12, 2020, the IRS released Notice 2020-29, which provides temporary flexibility for mid-year election changes under a Section 125 cafeteria plan during calendar year 2020. The changes are [...]

U.S. Treasury Provides Safe Harbor For PPP Loans Under $2 Million

2020-05-14T11:00:33-04:00May 14th, 2020|COVID-19 Updates, Legislative News|

Businesses that accepted Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funds of less than $2 million will be assumed to have performed the required certification concerning the necessity of their loan requests in good faith, according to guidance posted by the U.S. [...]

IRS: COVID-19-Related Tax Credits for Required Paid Leave Provided by Small and Midsize Businesses FAQs

2020-04-17T13:08:59-04:00April 17th, 2020|COVID-19 Updates, Legislative News|

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the "FFCRA"), signed by President Trump on March 18, 2020, provides small and midsize employers refundable tax credits that reimburse them, dollar-for-dollar, for the cost of providing paid sick and family leave wages [...]

Statement by U.S. Treasury and Small Business Association about the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

2020-04-16T16:27:30-04:00April 16th, 2020|COVID-19 Updates, Legislative News|

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 - U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin and U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Jovita Carranza issued the following statement regarding the Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program: “The SBA has processed more [...]

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