Human Resources Alert: Connecticut Expands Antidiscrimination Protections

2022-09-16T14:07:17-04:00September 15th, 2022|Benefits Administration, Connecticut News, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Compliance, Labor News, Legislative News|

Connecticut has amended its human rights law to broaden coverage to all employers—regardless of their employee count—and to add domestic violence protections. The changes take effect on October 1, 2022. Antidiscrimination Protections The Connecticut Fair Employment Practices Act (CFEPA), [...]

Human Resources: What is Discrimination?

2022-09-16T14:13:43-04:00September 1st, 2022|Benefits Administration, Human Resources|

A hiring manager, eager to fill an exciting new role in the company, reacquaints himself with a candidate’s resume as that candidate takes a seat across from him. Looking up, the hiring manager jolts involuntarily, surprised to see a [...]

Connecticut Adds CT FMLA Notice Requirements

2022-08-17T12:07:21-04:00August 17th, 2022|Benefits Administration, Connecticut News, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Compliance, Labor News|

Connecticut has adopted new family and medical leave (CT FMLA) regulations. While the updated regulations primarily incorporate the changes to the law that took effect on January 1, 2022, they also create new notice requirements, described below. According to [...]

Why You Won’t Regret Taking Advantage of an HSA

2022-08-17T11:49:41-04:00August 16th, 2022|Employee Benefits, Health Savings Accounts|

You'll be glad you took the tax breaks. Outside of housing and maybe transportation costs, healthcare will likely be your largest retirement expense. It's unfortunate, but doctor visits become more frequent, and more health problems tend to pop up as you [...]

Agencies Issue Report on Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act

2022-08-17T11:37:40-04:00August 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 [...]

Employee Benefits: Building a Benefits Communications Strategy That Encourages Employee Engagement

2022-08-17T11:23:08-04:00July 18th, 2022|Benefits Administration, Employee Benefits, Human Resources|

Seventy-seven percent of employees who ranked their benefits education experience as “fair or poor” also rated their employer as “fair or poor,” according to a survey by the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI). Benefits satisfaction is critical to attract [...]

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 [...]