Legislative News

Human Resources Alert: Connecticut Expands Antidiscrimination Protections

2022-09-16T14:07:17-04:00September 15th, 2022|Benefits Administration, Connecticut News, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Compliance, Labor News, Legislative News|

Connecticut has amended its human rights law to broaden coverage to all employers—regardless of their employee count—and to add domestic violence protections. The changes take effect on October 1, 2022. Antidiscrimination Protections The Connecticut Fair Employment Practices Act (CFEPA), [...]

US Department of Labor Announces Proposed Rule to Amend Occupational injury, Illness Recordkeeping

2022-03-30T11:05:49-04:00March 29th, 2022|Benefits Administration, Employee Benefits Compliance, Employee Benefits Legislation, Labor News, Legislative News, Safety Tips|

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration is proposing amendments to its occupational injury and illness recordkeeping regulation, 29 CFR 1904.41. The current regulation requires certain employers to electronically submit injury and illness information – that [...]

What You Need to Know About Business Tax Credits This Year

2022-03-29T16:55:59-04:00March 23rd, 2022|Legislative News, SBA Stimulus Programs, Tax News|

The last two years have been challenging for small and medium sized businesses in so many ways—a rocky economy, labor shortages, health and safety issues and more. Significant federal and state legislation, like Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans and [...]

EEOC Updates Guidance on Religious Accommodations for COVID-19 Vaccines

2022-03-08T10:42:59-05:00March 8th, 2022|Benefits Administration, COVID-19 Updates, Labor News, Legislative News|

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently answered more questions from employers on how to handle religious objections to COVID-19 vaccinations and requests for accommodation. Here's what employers need to know. New Questions Answered The updated guidance answers the following questions [...]

US Department of Labor Announces Apprenticeship Building America Program, $113M In Available Funds To Strengthen, Modernize Registered Apprenticeships

2022-02-28T18:53:37-05:00February 25th, 2022|Labor News, Legislative News|

Up to $50M designated for equity partnerships, pre-apprenticeship activities The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a grant program to strengthen, modernize, expand and diversify its Registered Apprenticeship Program to enable more workers to earn while they learn and find [...]

US Department of Labor Announces Proposed Rule to Update Powered Industrial Trucks Standard for General Industry, Construction

2022-02-16T12:14:27-05:00February 16th, 2022|General Industry News, Labor News, Legislative News|

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor announced today a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking by the department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration to improve worker safety and health by ensuring the agency’s general industry and construction industry rules reflect current industry practice [...]

Legislative Update: Supreme Court Blocks OSHA Vaccine or Test Mandate

2022-01-17T11:31:00-05:00January 13th, 2022|COVID-19 Updates, Employee Benefits Legislation, Labor News, Legislative News|

The Supreme Court on Thursday, January 13, 2022 issued mixed rulings in a pair of cases challenging Biden administration COVID-19 vaccine mandates, allowing the requirement for certain health care workers to go into effect while blocking enforcement of a [...]

Still No Ruling From Supreme Court as Federal Vaccine / Testing Mandates Take Effect

2022-01-11T16:19:47-05:00January 11th, 2022|COVID-19 Updates, Labor News, Legislative News|

On January 10, 2022, the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) on COVID-19 for employers with 100 or more employees takes effect. Although many had anticipated that the U.S. Supreme Court might rule on [...]

Compliance Alert: Final 2021 Instructions for Forms 1094-C and 1095-C Issued

2022-01-05T12:19:56-05:00January 4th, 2022|ACA Compliance, Benefits Administration, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Compliance, Legislative News|

The IRS released final Instructions for Forms 1094-C and 1095-C for calendar year 2021 reporting. Applicable large employers (“ALEs”) must furnish Form 1095-C to full-time employees and file Form 1094-C and all 1095-Cs with the IRS. ALEs offering a [...]

Legislative Alert: Sixth Circuit Dissolves Stay; OSHA Vaccine-or-Test Mandate is Back with New Deadlines

2021-12-22T17:02:35-05:00December 22nd, 2021|COVID-19 Updates, Labor News, Legislative News|

On December 17, 2021, a three-judge panel of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals dissolved the stay of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS). Shortly thereafter, OSHA posted new compliance dates [...]