October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

2021-10-04T16:23:09-04:00October 4th, 2021|Benefits Administration, Employee Benefits, Labor News|

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). Declared in 1988 by the United States Congress (though its roots go back to 1945 when Congress urged employment for WWII servicemembers with disabilities), NDEAM is a good occasion for us [...]

Back to Basics: Safety Reminders that Go Beyond COVID-19 

2021-09-21T12:24:58-04:00September 21st, 2021|COVID-19 Updates, Safety Tips, Workers Compensation|

With the world’s gaze focused on protecting people against COVID-19 over the past two years, it may have been easy to lose sight of other foundational precautions and protocols that help keep workers safe. However, going back to the [...]

Update on The White House Actions Regarding Vaccinations and More on September 9th

2021-09-16T13:46:40-04:00September 15th, 2021|Benefits Administration, COVID-19 Updates, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Legislation, Health Savings Accounts, Labor News, Legislative News|

On September 9, 2021, President Joe Biden announced a “Path Out of the Pandemic,” indicating he will use regulatory powers and other actions to increase the number of vaccinated Americans. In short, the plan provides the following: Employers with [...]

OSHA Interpretive Rule on Anti-Retaliation Now Allows Only ‘but-for’ Causation

2021-09-09T07:21:32-04:00September 9th, 2021|Labor News, Legislative News|

OSHA has amended one of the rules interpreting the anti-retaliation provision of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970. According to a final interpretive rule published in the Sept. 3 Federal Register, the change was made to clarify the causal connection [...]

The Employee Retention Tax Credit: How Do You Claim It?

2021-09-01T16:56:32-04:00August 31st, 2021|Benefits Administration, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Legislation, Labor News, Legislative News, Tax News|

Congress created the Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC) in March 2020 to provide financial relief to small businesses during the pandemic. Here’s some key facts about the ERTC and how to benefit from it. What is the Employee Retention Tax Credit? [...]

OSHA Issues Updated COVID-19 Guidance to Match CDC’s July 27th Protocol on Masks

2021-09-01T16:55:13-04:00August 25th, 2021|COVID-19 Updates, Safety Tips|

On Friday, August 13, 2021, OSHA issued an updated Guidance document regarding COVID-19 Plans and the General Duty Clause. OSHA has now adopted CDC’s July 27th, 2021 Protocol in which Fully Vaccinated employees must wear masks indoors in “Substantial” [...]

FTC to Ramp Up Law Enforcement Against Illegal Repair Restrictions

2021-08-06T10:32:56-04:00August 6th, 2021|Automotive Industry News|

The Federal Trade Commission on July 21, 2021 to unanimously ramp up law enforcement against repair restrictions that prevent small businesses, workers, consumers, and even government entities from fixing their own products. The policy statement adopted today is aimed at [...]

Are You Aware of the Section 179 Tax Deduction?

2021-08-06T10:26:25-04:00August 5th, 2021|General Industry News, Legislative News, Tax News|

(Via Section179.org) What is the Section 179 Deduction Most people think the Section 179 deduction is some mysterious or complicated tax code. It really isn’t, as you will see below. Essentially, Section 179 of the IRS tax code allows [...]

Commonly Asked Question: Does enrolling in Medicare trigger an offer of COBRA?

2021-08-06T09:50:10-04:00July 29th, 2021|Benefits Administration, Employee Benefits|

The answer to this question is, NO, enrolling in Medicare does not cause COBRA to start. Under the federal rules, COBRA must be offered to persons enrolled in the employer’s health plan only if they lose coverage because of [...]