Agencies Issue Report on Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act

2022-08-04T21:23:53-04:00August 4th, 2022|Benefits Administration, Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Compliance, Employee Benefits Legislation, Wellness|

The DOL, HHS, and IRS issued a report to Congress on the failure by group health plans to comply with the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA). The report is required by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (CAA), which [...]

Reminder: PCORI Fee Is Due Aug. 1 for Self-Insured Health Plans

2022-07-19T15:19:31-04:00July 19th, 2022|Benefits Administration, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Compliance, Human Resources|

At the end of last year, the IRS raised the fee that insurers or sponsors of self-insured health plans pay annually to fund the federal Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) trust fund. The new fee is $2.79 per covered [...]

Safety Tips: 7 Ways to Keep Workers Safe

2022-06-28T10:56:17-04:00June 28th, 2022|Safety Tips, Workers Compensation|

When it comes to promoting worker safety, employers have a vested interest. U.S. employers spend more than $1 billion a week on workers’ compensation costs for non-fatal injuries. In an effort to reduce these numbers, employers also spend another $1,111 on safety [...]

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, [...]