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 [...]

What You Need to Know About Business Tax Credits This Year

2022-03-29T16:55:59-04:00March 23rd, 2022|Legislative News, SBA Stimulus Programs, Tax News|

The last two years have been challenging for small and medium sized businesses in so many ways—a rocky economy, labor shortages, health and safety issues and more. Significant federal and state legislation, like Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans and [...]

Cutting Workers Compensation Claims Through Mental Health Support

2022-03-09T15:50:49-05:00March 9th, 2022|Employee Benefits, Safety Tips, Workers Compensation|

Employers have a large opportunity to reduce absenteeism, cut workers’ compensation claims and improve staff engagement by adapting how they manage mental and behavioral health in the workplace. Behavioral health claims do not only affect the individual employee, they [...]

EEOC Updates Guidance on Religious Accommodations for COVID-19 Vaccines

2022-03-08T10:42:59-05:00March 8th, 2022|Benefits Administration, COVID-19 Updates, Labor News, Legislative News|

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently answered more questions from employers on how to handle religious objections to COVID-19 vaccinations and requests for accommodation. Here's what employers need to know. New Questions Answered The updated guidance answers the following questions [...]

Developing an Effective Safety and Health Management System

2022-02-28T18:45:39-05:00February 28th, 2022|Safety Tips|

The best Safety and Health Management Systems (S&HMS) involve every level of the organization, instilling a safety culture that reduces accidents for workers and improves the bottom line for managers. When safety and health are part of the organization [...]

US Department of Labor Announces Apprenticeship Building America Program, $113M In Available Funds To Strengthen, Modernize Registered Apprenticeships

2022-02-28T18:53:37-05:00February 25th, 2022|Labor News, Legislative News|

Up to $50M designated for equity partnerships, pre-apprenticeship activities The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a grant program to strengthen, modernize, expand and diversify its Registered Apprenticeship Program to enable more workers to earn while they learn and find [...]