Legislative News

Homeland Security Defines Vehicle Service and Repair as ‘Essential’

2020-03-23T12:07:17-04:00March 23rd, 2020|Automotive Industry News, Legislative News|

Vehicle service and repair personnel are considered "essential" and may continue to operate during the COVID-19 crisis, according to a guidance list issued of essential critical infrastructure workers by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The March 19 [...]

Car Dealerships Want To Be Considered ‘Essential’ So They Can Stay Open During The Pandemic

2020-03-20T11:37:23-04:00March 20th, 2020|Automotive Industry News, General Industry News, Legislative News|

Trade groups representing car dealerships and auto manufacturers asked President Trump to declare car dealerships "essential" businesses, which therefore should be exempt from potential "shelter in place" rules prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic. In a March 17 letter to the president [...]

DOL Issues Guidance on COVID-19 and FMLA

2020-03-12T13:18:55-04:00March 12th, 2020|Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Legislation, Legislative News, Wellness|

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued Q&As on the federal Family and Medical Leave Act in the context of COVID-19 and other public health emergencies. Under the FMLA, covered employers must provide eligible employees with up to 12 weeks [...]

Legislation and Compliance: DOL Increases Civil Penalty Amounts for 2020 & New I-9 Form Information

2020-03-03T07:57:51-05:00March 3rd, 2020|Employee Benefits Legislation, General Industry News, Legislative News|

DOL Increases Civil Penalty Amounts for 2020 The Department of Labor (DOL) recently released its 2020 inflation-adjusted civil monetary penalties that may be assessed on employers for violations of a wide range of federal laws, including: The Fair Labor Standards Act [...]

Colorado Paid Family Leave Bill in Danger, as Sponsors Bail

2020-02-25T10:37:26-05:00February 25th, 2020|Colorado News, Employee Benefits Legislation, Legislative News|

One of the key pieces of legislation that Colorado Democrats promised this year at the state capitol is in danger of leaving the building. Paid family and medical leave lost two of its Democratic cosponsors, to the surprise of [...]

Massachusetts’ Hands-Free Driving Law to Take Effect on February 23, 2020

2020-02-22T14:41:47-05:00February 22nd, 2020|Legislative News, Massachusetts News, Safety Tips|

Massachusetts’ new hands-free driving law takes effect this Sunday, February 23rd. The law, signed by Governor Charlie Baker in November, is intended to reduce the number of distracted driving injuries and deaths in the state. It imposes penalties enforced [...]

Legislative Updates: New COBRA and CHIP Notices Available

2020-02-19T10:21:24-05:00February 19th, 2020|Benefits Administration, Employee Benefits Legislation, Legislative News|

Cobra Notices: Updated Expiration Dates of Jan. 31, 2023 The Department of Labor (DOL) has released updated versions of its model COBRA General Notice and model COBRA Election Notice, both with an expiration date of Jan. 31, 2023. As a reminder, these notices [...]

Colorado Employers to Comply with New Wage Payment Requirements

2020-01-30T14:59:04-05:00January 30th, 2020|Benefits Administration, Colorado News, Legislative News|

The new Overtime and Minimum Pay Standards Order Becomes Effective March 16 On Jan. 22, 2020, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) announced the adoption of the Colorado Overtime and Minimum Pay Standards Order #36 (COMPS 36). COMPS 36 [...]