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 [...]

Senate Passes Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Extension

2021-03-30T12:36:02-04:00March 29th, 2021|COVID-19 Updates, Legislative News, Paycheck Protection Program, SBA Stimulus Programs|

A bill to move the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) application deadline from March 31 to May 31 won approval in the U.S. Senate on Thursday, March 25, 2021. The final vote to approve the PPP Extension Act of 2021, H.R. [...]

2021 IRS Filing Season Awareness Discussions – New Hampshire

2021-03-23T14:33:58-04:00March 23rd, 2021|Legislative News, Tax News|

We wanted to share with you some valuable links to Free Tax Services & Filing Season Awareness discussions during March and April. These meetings are focusing on providing information for individuals, especially those that are underserved or who may not [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

U.S. Department of Labor Confirms Investment Advice Exemption

2021-02-17T10:22:47-05:00February 17th, 2021|Benefits Administration, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Legislation, Legislative News|

Includes important retirement investor protections; additional guidance forthcoming WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration has confirmed that “Improving Investment Advice for Worker & Retirees,” an exemption for investment advice fiduciaries, will go into effect as scheduled [...]

US Department of Labor’s OSHA Issues Proposed Rule to Update Hazard Communication Standard

2021-02-12T08:32:08-05:00February 12th, 2021|Legislative News, Safety Tips, Workers Compensation|

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today issued a proposed rule to update the agency’s Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) to align with the seventh revision of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification [...]

Reminder OSHA Form 300a Must Be Posted by February 1

2021-01-28T11:42:44-05:00January 28th, 2021|Benefits Administration, Employee Benefits Legislation, Labor News, Legislative News, Workers Compensation|

The OSHA Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses (Form 300), Summary (Form 300A), and Instructions can be found in the Forms section of the HR Support Center by searching for OSHA Form 300. Click the link that says, “OSHA [...]

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