Legislative Update: Supreme Court Blocks OSHA Vaccine or Test Mandate

2022-01-17T11:31:00-05:00January 13th, 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 [...]

Still No Ruling From Supreme Court as Federal Vaccine / Testing Mandates Take Effect

2022-01-11T16:19:47-05:00January 11th, 2022|COVID-19 Updates, Labor News, Legislative News|

On January 10, 2022, the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) on COVID-19 for employers with 100 or more employees takes effect. Although many had anticipated that the U.S. Supreme Court might rule on [...]

The COVID-19 Pandemic: Winter Action Plan to Battle COVID-19

2022-01-05T12:24:15-05:00January 4th, 2022|COVID-19 Updates, Labor News|

On December 2, 2021, the Biden administration issued a nine-pronged plan to combat COVID-19 as the winter months arrive and the new Omicron variant poses risk of new infections. The plan covers: Boosters for adults Vaccinations to protect children [...]

Compliance Alert: Final 2021 Instructions for Forms 1094-C and 1095-C Issued

2022-01-05T12:19:56-05:00January 4th, 2022|ACA Compliance, Benefits Administration, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Compliance, Legislative News|

The IRS released final Instructions for Forms 1094-C and 1095-C for calendar year 2021 reporting. Applicable large employers (“ALEs”) must furnish Form 1095-C to full-time employees and file Form 1094-C and all 1095-Cs with the IRS. ALEs offering a [...]

Legislative Alert: Sixth Circuit Dissolves Stay; OSHA Vaccine-or-Test Mandate is Back with New Deadlines

2021-12-22T17:02:35-05:00December 22nd, 2021|COVID-19 Updates, Labor News, Legislative News|

On December 17, 2021, a three-judge panel of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals dissolved the stay of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS). Shortly thereafter, OSHA posted new compliance dates [...]

Human Resources and Benefits Administration: Are Remote Employees Eligible for FMLA?

2021-12-15T09:53:15-05:00December 15th, 2021|Benefits Administration, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Legislation|

This is a question being asked more and more. Are remote employees eligible for FMLA? Yes, these new remote employees will likely be entitled to take leave under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), but not just [...]

Massachusetts Labor Update: Massachusetts Minimum Wage and PFML Increases for 2022

2021-12-14T12:38:12-05:00December 14th, 2021|Benefits Administration, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Legislation, Labor News, Massachusetts News|

The Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave (DFML) has continued to issue guidance and clarifications regarding the Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Act (PFML) since the law went into effect in January 2021. Below is a summary [...]

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Uncertain Fate of OSHA’s Emergency Temporary Standard

2021-12-02T16:56:39-05:00December 2nd, 2021|Benefits Administration, COVID-19 Updates, Labor News, Legislative News|

On November 5, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued its Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) ( 29 C.F.R. Part 1910.501), stemming from President Biden’s strategic plan, Path Out of the Pandemic. This ETS will require private employers [...]

UPDATE: OSHA Temporarily Suspends ETS Implementation Per Fifth Circuit Injunction

2021-11-19T15:39:13-05:00November 17th, 2021|COVID-19 Updates, Labor News, Legislative News|

The status of OSHA’s Emergency Temporary Standard (“ETS”) mandating COVID-19 vaccinations or testing of employees for those employers with 100 or more employees remains fluid and uncertain. On November 12, 2021, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth [...]