Legislative News

Connecticut Expands Protections Against Discrimination Based on Erased Criminal History

2023-06-21T09:22:34-04:00December 12th, 2022|2022, Connecticut News, Human Resources, Labor News, Legislative News|

Beginning on January 1, 2023, employers of all sizes will be prohibited from discriminating against applicants and employees on the basis of their erased criminal history records. This closes the loophole in the current law, which in effect allows [...]

Massachusetts Increases Minimum Wage and Ends Premium Pay Effective January 1, 2023

2023-04-17T11:11:00-04:00December 12th, 2022|2022, Benefits Administration, Employee Benefits Legislation, Labor News, Legislative News, Massachusetts News|

Learn more about Massachusetts' minimum wage increase and hour changes will take effect on January 1, 2023. Minimum Wage Massachusetts’ minimum wage will increase to $15 per hour. The minimum base wage for tipped employees will increase to $6.75 [...]

Maine Requires Employers to Pay Out Unused Vacation and Increases Minimum Wage

2023-04-17T11:11:01-04:00December 12th, 2022|2022, Benefits Administration, Employee Benefits Legislation, Labor News, Legislative News, Maine News|

In this article, you will learn more about Maine employment law changes requiring employers to pay out unused vacation payout and a minimum wage increase beginning January 1, 2023. VACATION PAYOUT Employers that have 11 or more employees will [...]

Human Resources Alert: Connecticut Expands Antidiscrimination Protections

2023-04-17T11:12:13-04:00September 15th, 2022|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

2023-04-17T11:12:57-04:00March 29th, 2022|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

2023-04-17T11:12:58-04:00March 23rd, 2022|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

2023-04-17T11:12:59-04:00March 8th, 2022|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

2023-04-17T11:13:01-04:00February 25th, 2022|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

2023-04-17T11:13:02-04:00February 16th, 2022|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

2023-04-17T11:13:06-04:00January 13th, 2022|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 [...]