Connecticut Increases Minimum Wage and Expands Employees’ First Amendment and Cannabis Rights

2022-06-15T21:56:44-04:00June 15th, 2022|Connecticut News, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Compliance, Employee Benefits Legislation|

The following laws take effect in Connecticut on July 1, 2022. They apply to employers of all sizes. MINIMUM WAGE INCREASES Connecticut’s state minimum wage will increase to $14.00 per hour. The minimum base wage for tipped service employees [...]

IRS Increases Mileage Reimbursement Rate Starting July 1

2022-06-15T21:49:27-04:00June 15th, 2022|General Industry News, Tax News|

The Internal Revenue Service today announced an increase in the optional standard mileage rate for the final 6 months of 2022. Taxpayers may use the optional standard mileage rates to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for [...]

How Paid Family Leave and Related Programs Can Help Your Business

2022-06-15T21:44:25-04:00June 1st, 2022|Benefits Administration, Employee Benefits, Human Resources|

Employment benefits that improve quality of life, increase flexibility, and enable people to attend to their personal needs rank high among both employees and job-seekers. And yet, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), while 79 percent of employees have [...]

Safety Tips: How to Prevent Slip, Trip, and Fall Accidents

2022-06-15T21:38:45-04:00May 31st, 2022|Safety Tips, Workers Compensation|

Falls are the second leading cause of unintentional death in the United States and the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries (CDC). While not all falls are fatal, and many don’t cause any harm, one in five falls [...]

NSC Encourages Safe Driving This Memorial Day Weekend

2022-05-23T10:48:36-04:00May 23rd, 2022|General Industry News, Safety Tips|

Memorial Day Weekend is just around the corner. Every year, millions of Americans travel on this holiday and this year is no different. AAA estimates that nearly 39.2 million people will travel more than 50 miles from their homes. As people [...]

OSHA Launches New Heat Hazard National Emphasis Program to Protect Workers from Inside and Outside Heat

2022-05-10T23:51:40-04:00May 9th, 2022|Labor News, Safety Tips, Workers Compensation|

For the first time, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has launched a National Emphasis Program to protect millions of workers from heat illness and injuries. Through the program, OSHA will conduct heat-related workplace inspections before workers suffer completely preventable injuries, [...]

Labor Alert: Department of Homeland Security Ending Temporary Policy for Form I-9 Identity Documents

2022-04-20T07:14:45-04:00April 20th, 2022|Benefits Administration, COVID-19 Updates, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Compliance, Human Resources, Labor News|

Beginning May 1, 2022, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is ending its temporary Form I-9 policy that allows employers to accept List B documents that expired on or after March 1, 2020. DHS adopted the temporary policy in [...]

Connecticut Department of Labor Issues Final Proposed Connecticut Family and Medical Leave Act Regulations

2022-04-20T13:17:54-04:00April 19th, 2022|Benefits Administration, Connecticut News, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Compliance, Employee Benefits Legislation, Labor News|

For months, employers have been eagerly awaiting updated regulations that address the revisions to the Connecticut Family and Medical Leave Act. At last, on March 22, 2022, the Connecticut Department of Labor released its final proposed amended FMLA regulations, answering questions [...]

Positive Drug Tests For U.S. Workers at Highest Level in 20 Years

2022-04-01T08:05:10-04:00April 1st, 2022|Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Employee Benefits|

Paced by a continuing increase in marijuana positivity rates, the positive drug test rate for U.S. workers reached its highest level in two decades in 2021, according to an annual analysis conducted by lab services provider Quest Diagnostics. Researchers [...]

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 [...]