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- News Flash! HRSPI Acquired. -

HR Solutions Partners, Inc. (HRSPI) is pleased to announce that HRSPI has recently been acquired by experienced Silicon Valley professionals.

The new owners recognize the value of the business and will maintain the existing HRSPI brand and service offerings. I have committed to serving as a member of the Advisory Board to assist in the transition and provide guidance and advice in 2021.

I am confident the new leadership will be able to bring not only the best and brightest HR talent to their clients but also to support their service offerings with state-of-the-art technology.

You can look forward to more details in the New Year!

Donna DeGrande, CEO
HR Solutions Partners, Inc.

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HR Solutions Partners now offers Human Resources Alerts updated twice a day. Get the information you need - when you need it.

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Alerts for MarchTop Of Page

IRS Issues Guidance on Employee Retention Credit for 2020

The Notice Clarifies Employer Eligibility and Describes Retroactive Changes that Apply to 2020 On March 1, 2021, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2021 20 to provide guidance for employers claiming the 2020 employer retention tax credit. This tax

Agency FAQs Clarify COVID-19 Coverage Requirements

Health Plans and Issuers Must Cover COVID 19 Diagnostic Items and Services Without Cost sharing On Feb. 26, 2021, the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Treasury issued FAQ guidance to clarify health coverage requirements related

Alerts for FebruaryTop Of Page

DOL Guidance on COVID-19 Relief for Employee Benefit Plans

The Relief May Extend Beyond the Expected Feb. 28 Expiration Date in Some Cases On Feb. 26, 2021, the Department of Labor’s (DOL) Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) issued Disaster Relief Notice 2021 01 to provide guidance on the duration

Virginia Legalizes Marijuana and Expands Employer Restrictions

The New Law Affects Background Checks for Job Applicants On Feb. 5, 2021, Virginia passed a new law (House Bill 2312) that legalizes recreational marijuana for adults ages 21 and older in the state. The new law also expands an

DOL Proposes New Effective Date for Independent Contractor Rule

The Delay Would Allow the Biden Administration Time to Evaluate the Rule Before It Becomes Effective On Friday, Feb. 5, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Wage and Hour Division (WHD) proposed delaying the effective date for the Independent

CDC Provides Guidance on Consent and Disclosures for Workplace COVID-19 Testing

Informed Consent Requires Disclosure, Understanding and Free Choice The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued guidance on the elements of consent and disclosures necessary to support employee decision making when employers incorporate workplace COVID 19 testing.

Outbreak Period Expiration Approaching

Last year, federal agencies issued relief postponing various employee benefit plan deadlines during a defined “Outbreak Period” to help plans, participants and service providers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

9th Cir.: FMLA Leave Includes “Off” Time in Rotating Schedules

An employee working a “one week on, one week off” schedule who takes 12 workweeks of continuous federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave may be required to return to work 12 weeks later, a federal appeals court has held.

Additional COVID-19 Relief and Clarifying Guidance for Cafeteria Plans

On Feb. 18, 2021, the IRS released Notice 2021-15, which provides additional mid-year election change relief for Section 125 cafeteria plans for plan years ending in 2021.

Employers May Have to Provide Paid Military Leave, Court Says

Employees who take off work for military duty may be entitled to paid leave from their employers, according to a Feb. 3, 2021, federal appeals court decision.

DOL Issues Updated Model Employer CHIP Notice

The Department of Labor (DOL) has released a new model Employer CHIP Notice with information current as of Jan. 31, 2021.

New York Issues New Guidance on COVID-19 Leave

Employers who prohibit employees not in quarantine or isolation from coming to work for COVID-19 exposure reasons must pay them their regular rate, according to new guidance issued by the New York Department of Labor. The Jan. 20, 2021, guidance also states that employees may take leave for three periods of quarantine or isolation, among other points.

IRS Updates FAQs on Employer Tax Credits for FFCRA Leave

On Jan. 29, 2021, the IRS updated its frequently asked questions on tax credits available to employers for providing paid employee leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

Reminder: Medicare Part D Disclosures due by March 1, 2021 for Calendar Year Plans

Group health plan sponsors are required to complete an online disclosure form with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on an annual basis and at other select times, indicating whether the plan's prescription drug coverage is creditable or non-creditable.

Alerts for JanuaryTop Of Page

EEOC Announces 2021 Schedule for EEO-1 and Other EEO Reports

On Jan. 12, 2021, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that it will open four equal employment opportunity (EEO) data collections in 2021.

EEOC Issues Opinion Letter on ICHRAs and the ADEA

A Jan. 7, 2021 opinion letter from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) addresses employer contributions to Individual Coverage Health Reimbursement Arrangements (ICHRAs) and compliance with the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA).

Proposed Rules Would Amend Wellness Program Incentive Rules

On Jan. 7, 2021, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued two proposed rules on wellness programs under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act.

HHS Issues Proposed Changes to the HIPAA Privacy Rule

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a proposed rule that would make certain changes to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule.

Massachusetts Issues Emergency PFML Regulations

The Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave (DFML) has issued emergency regulations for the paid family and medical leave (PFML) program. The emergency regulations add personal care attendants and family care providers to the program’s definition of “covered individual.”

DOL Issues New Q&As About FFCRA Leave Requirements

The U.S. Dept. of Labor (DOL) has issued two additional Q&As about employee leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

Alerts for DecemberTop Of Page

CO Employers Must Provide 80 Hours’ Emergency Leave on Jan. 1

On Jan. 1, 2021, Colorado employers will have to provide workers with up to 80 hours of paid public health emergency leave under the state’s Healthy Families and Workplaces Act, passed in July 2020. The requirement was clarified in guidance and temporary emergency rules issued by the state’s Department of Labor and Employment on Dec. 23, 2020.

DOL to Accept Telemedicine as In-person Visit for FMLA Purposes

New Directive Aligns Enforcement Practices with COVID 19 Guidance On Dec. 29, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published Field Assistance Bulletin 2020 8 to provide enforcement guidance regarding the use of telemedicine when establishing a serious health condition

DOL Issues Guidance on Electronic Posting of Certain Labor Law Notices

On Dec. 29, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued Field Assistance Bulletin 2020-7, which addresses when the DOL will consider electronic posting by employers (by email, or an internet or intranet website) sufficient to provide employees with required notice of their statutory rights under a variety of federal labor laws.

IRS Announces 2021 Standard Mileage Rates

On Dec. 22, 2020, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued the 2021 optional standard mileage rates, which are used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes.

Stimulus Bill With Temporary Special Rules for FSAs Signed Into Law

On Dec. 27, 2020, President Trump signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 into law. The Act provides temporary special rules for health and dependent care flexible spending accounts (FSAs) that give employees additional time to use these funds.

DOL Amends Employee Tip Regulations

New Requirements Become Effective 60 Days After Their Publication in the Federal Register (publication still pending) On Dec. 22, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced a final rule to amend employee tip regulations under the Fair Labor Standards

Stimulus Bill Extending FFCRA Tax Credits but Not Leave Mandate Signed Into Law

An appropriations bill, signed into law by President Donald Trump on Dec. 27, 2020, does not extend FFCRA employee leave mandates beyond Dec. 31, 2020. However, the bill does extend employer tax creditsfor FFCRA leave offered through March 31, 2021.

Stimulus Bill Extends FFCRA Tax Credits but Not Leave Mandate

An appropriations bill passed by Congress on Dec. 21, 2020, and expected to be signed into law by President Donald Trump does not extend FFCRA employee leave mandates beyond Dec. 31, 2020. However, the bill does extend employer tax creditsfor FFCRA leave offered through March 31, 2021.

Final Regulations Issued for Transportation Fringe Benefits

On Dec. 16, 2020, The U.S. Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service published final regulations on the deduction for qualified transportation fringe (QTF) expenses, following changes made by the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA).

IRS Adds, Updates FAQs on FFCRA Tax Credits

The IRS has added or updated more than 80 answers to questions in its series of FAQs on “COVID-19-Related Tax Credits for Required Paid Leave Provided by Small and Midsize Businesses.”

Reminder: Florida’s E-Verify Law Becomes Effective Jan. 1, 2021

Public Contractors Will Need to Register With and Use E Verify Beginning Jan. 1, 2021, all public employers, contractors and subcontractors in Florida will need to register with and use the E Verify System to certify the work authorization of

Workers May Apply Unused Transit Benefits to Parking

In a recent information letter concerning an employee who, due to COVID-19, was driving to work rather than using public transportation, the IRS said employees may apply unused commuter transit benefit amounts to parking benefits in certain circumstances.

Colorado Adopts Paid Sick Leave Regulations

The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment has adopted regulations for the state’s new paid sick leave law, the Healthy Families and Workplaces Act.

Alerts for NovemberTop Of Page

Florida Minimum Wage Will Rise Gradually to $15 per hour

Florida Will See Two Minimum Wage Rate Increases in 2021 On Nov. 3, 2020, voters in Florida approved a constitutional amendment that will raise the state minimum wage rate each year until it reaches $15 per hour in 2026. Beginning

Colorado Voters Pass Paid Family and Medical Leave Initiative

On Nov. 3, 2020, Colorado voters passed Proposition 118, creating a paid family and medical leave insurance program for workers in the state.

Alerts for OctoberTop Of Page

No Change in 2021 Limits for Qualified Transportation Benefits

The IRS has released Revenue Procedure 2020-45, which includes cost-of-living adjustments for employee qualified transportation fringe benefits for the 2021 taxable year

IRS Releases 2021 Retirement Contribution Limits

The IRS has announced the cost-of-living adjustments for 2021 that affect amounts employees can contribute to 401(k) plans and IRAs.

Michigan OSHA Adopts Emergency COVID-19 Standard

The New Standard Applies to All Employers Covered by the State OSHA Program On Oct. 14, 2020, the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) adopted an emergency COVID 19 workplace safety standard (the Standard) for all businesses covered by

CAL/OSHA Takes Steps Toward Temporary Emergency Standard for COVID-19

New Regulations Would Increase the Agency's Authority to Enforce COVID 19 Safety Standards On Sept. 17, 2020, the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (the Board), part of the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal OSHA), approved

SBA Issues New FAQs for Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness

Borrowers and Lenders May Rely on the Guidance Provided in the New FAQs On Oct. 13, 2020, the Small Business Administration (SBA) published a new set of answers to frequently asked questions about the forgiveness of loans issued under the

New York State Issues FAQs for Paid Sick Leave

New York state has published frequently asked questions about its new paid sick leave law, covering 11 different topic areas.

Florida Announces $8.65 Minimum Wage Rate for 2021

The New Rate Becomes Effective Jan. 1, 2021  Florida has published new minimum wage posters announcing an $8.65 per hour minimum wage rate for 2021. Florida’s minimum wage rate is adjusted annually to reflect changes in the cost of living. However,

California Expands Employee Leave Protections for Victims

California has expanded its employee leave protections for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking to apply to a broader category of victims, in amendments that take effect Jan. 1, 2021.

Ohio Announces $8.80 Minimum Wage Rate for 2021

The New Rate Becomes Effective Jan. 1, 2021  Ohio has published a new minimum wage poster announcing an $8.80 minimum wage rate for 2021. Ohio’s minimum wage rate is adjusted annually to reflect changes in the cost of living. The

Washington Announces $13.69 Minimum Wage Rate for 2021

The New Rate Becomes Effective Jan. 1 Washington state has announced a $13.69 minimum wage rate for 2021. Washington’s minimum wage rate is adjusted annually to reflect changes in the cost of living. However, employers should be mindful of local

California Adds HR Personnel and Supervisors as Mandatory Reporters

The New Law Becomes Effective Jan. 1, 2021  On Sept. 29, 2020, California amended its existing child abuse reporting law to add two new classes of mandatory reporters for employers with five or more employees Human resource employees

California Eases Sexual Harassment Training Requirements for Previously Trained New Employees

New Employees Who Already Received the Required Training May Be Placed on Two Year Schedule from Date of Last Training Effective Sept. 28, 2020, California has amended its law that requires employers with five or more employees to provide sexual

HHS Renews COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

Renewal Extends the Duration of Certain Coverage Mandates Related to the COVID 19 Pandemic On Oct. 2, 2020, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) renewed its determination that a public health emergency exists as a result of the

Pennsylvania Increases Salary Threshold for Overtime Exemptions

The State Salary Level Will Reach $875 per week by 2022 On Oct. 2, 2020, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) announced a new overtime rule that increases the salary threshold that must be satisfied for executive, administrative

OSHA Clarifies COVID-19 Reporting Requirements

The New FAQs Clarify When Employers Must Report COVID 19 Hospitalizations and Fatalities The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published two additional answers to its list of COVID 19 frequently asked questions (FAQs). The new answers clarify when

OSHA Advice on Wearing Face Coverings in Hot, Humid Environments

Hazardous Heat Exposure Can Occur Indoors or Outdoors Under the Right Conditions OSHA has also issued guidance on safety protocols employees can use when wearing cloth face coverings in hot, humid indoor and outdoor work conditions. Wearing face coverings has

Alerts for SeptemberTop Of Page

Arizona Announces $12.15 Minimum Wage Rate for 2021

The New State Rate Becomes Effective Jan. 1, 2021 On Sept. 17, 2020, Arizona announced a $12.15 minimum wage rate for 2021. Arizona’s minimum wage rate is adjusted annually to reflect changes in the cost of living. However, employers should

NYC Changes Paid Sick Leave Law

New York City has amended its Earned Safe and Sick Time Act (ESST) to align with the state’s paid sick leave law, which was passed earlier in the year as part of the state budget. Both the amendments to the city ESST and the accrual and notice portions of the state law take effect Sept. 30, 2020.

California Expands Family and Medical Leave Under CFRA

Effective Jan. 1, 2021, amendments to the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) expand the law’s leave requirements to cover employers with at least five employees, provide new grounds for leave and remove leave limits.

DOL Proposes Changes to FLSA Independent Contractor Classification Test

Proposed Rule Would Establish An Economic Realities Test to Determine Worker Status Under the FLSA On Sept. 22, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced a  proposed rule to clarify how employers should classify their workers as either employees

California Authorizes Stop-Work Orders and Requires Worker Exposure Notices for COVID-19

On Sept. 17, 2020, California enacted a new law (AB 685) that authorizes the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (the Division) to issue stop work orders for facilities or operations that pose an imminent COVID 19 hazard to

DOL Updates Q&As on Employee Leave Under the FFCRA

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has released three new questions and answers (Q&As) and has updated six of its existing Q&As about emergency paid sick leave and expanded Family and Medical Leave Act leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).

DHS Extends Remote Verification of I-9 Documents to Nov. 19

Without Extension, Exemption Would Have Expired Sept. 19   Because of the ongoing COVID 19 pandemic, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is allowing employers that are operating remotely to conduct a remote

California Extends Workers’ Compensation Presumption for COVID-19

On Sept. 1, 2020, California amended its workers’ compensation (WC) law, under Senate Bill 1159 (SB1159), to provide a presumption that COVID-19 is a compensable, work-related condition under certain circumstances.

DOL Revises FFCRA Regulations in Response to Court Decision

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued revisions to regulations that implement the paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).

California Mandates Paid Sick Leave for COVID-19

California has enacted a new law that requires supplemental paid sick leave statewide for workers for COVID 19 related purposes, effective Sept. 19, 2020.

New York Announces Paid Family Leave Rates for 2021

The New York State Department of Financial Services has announced that for calendar year 2021, employers may deduct 0.511% of an employee’s weekly wage, up to an annual cap of $385.34, to pay the premium cost for state paid family leave insurance.

DOL Announces 2021 Minimum Wage Rate for Federal Contractors

New Rate Applies Between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2021 On Aug. 31, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced that the minimum wage rate for federal contractor employees will increase from $10.80 to $10.95 per hour on Jan.

California Exempts Additional Occupations from Independent Contractor Classification Test (AB 5)

The Amendments Became Effective Sept. 4 On Sept. 4, 2020, California amended the list of occupations exempted from using the state’s employee classification test, also known as “the ABC test” (AB 5). When the ABC test is not required, including

Federal Court Strikes Down Part of the DOL Joint Employment Rule

The DOL Is Currently Exploring Options to Challenge the Lower Court’s Ruling  On Sept. 8, 2020, a federal district court struck down parts of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) joint employer rule. This new rule became effective March 16,

EEOC Updates Guidance on Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the ADA

New FAQs Address Questions Employers May Ask to Screen Employees for COVID 19 and ADA Requirements for Handling Employees’ Medical Information   On Sept. 8, 2020, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued additional answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about

Reminder: Medicare Part D Notices Are Due Before Oct. 15, 2020

Employers who sponsor group health plans that offer prescription drug coverage to Medicare-eligible individuals must provide a Medicare Part D Creditable or Non-Creditable Coverage Notice to those individuals before October 15.

DOL Publishes Four Additional FLSA Opinion Letters

Employers Can Rely on Opinion Letters to Establish Good Faith Compliance Under the Law On Aug. 31, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published four new opinion letters. Opinion letters provide the DOL’s official position on how labor and

IRS Issues Guidance on Payroll Tax Deferment Presidential Order

Deferred taxes must be recouped between Jan. 1 and Apr. 30, 2021 On Aug. 8, 2020, President Donald Trump ordered the U.S. Department of Treasury (the Department) to defer collecting certain payroll taxes from wages earned between Sept. 1 and

Alerts for AugustTop Of Page

Minnesota Announces 2021 Minimum Wage Rate

New Rate Becomes Effective Jan. 1, 2021 On Aug. 28, 2020, Minnesota announced the following minimum wage rates, effective Jan. 1, 2021   $10.08 per hour for large employers (employers with an annual gross revenue of $500,000

Remote Verification of Form I-9 Documents Extended to Sept. 19

Without Extension, Exemption Would Have Expired Aug. 18  Because of the ongoing COVID 19 pandemic, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have announced yet another 30 day extension of the exemption for the

DOL Publishes FAQs Addressing FFCRA Leave and Return to School

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has published new frequently asked questions about whether employees qualify for paid leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act in different school reopening situations, including those that blend in-person with distance learning.

IRS Offers Guidance on COVID-19 Employee Leave-sharing Plans

In recently issued answers to frequently asked questions, the IRS said employers may set up leave-sharing plans under IRS Notice 2006-59 to benefit employees adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

DOL Releases Updated Model Employer CHIP Notice

The Department of Labor (DOL) has released a new model Employer CHIP Notice with information current as of July 31, 2020.

Interim Final Rule Issued on Leave for Federal Workers

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management has published an interim final rule to implement the Federal Employee Paid Leave Act, which provides paid leave to certain federal employees covered by the Family and Medical Leave Act.

DOL Guidance Addresses Federal Contractors and FFCRA Leave Pay

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued questions and answers on when federal contractors must include Service Contract Act (SCA), Davis-Bacon Act (DBA) or Executive Order 13706 fringe benefits for workers taking leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).

President Trump Orders Payroll Tax Deferment

The Department of Treasury Will Stop Collecting Certain Payroll Taxes Between Sept. 1 and Dec. 31 On Aug. 8, 2020, President Donald J. Trump ordered the U.S. Department of Treasury (the Department) to defer collecting certain payroll taxes from Sept.

NY Federal Court Partly Strikes Down FFCRA Leave Regulations

In a case brought by the New York attorney general, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York has vacated portions of regulations issued by the U.S. Department of Labor under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

Virginia Adopts Safety and Health Standard for COVID-19

The New Emergency Temporary Standard Requires Job Risk Assessments, Employee Training and Customized Control and Prevention Measures Virginia has adopted an occupational safety and health standard to protect employees within the state from COVID 19. This Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS)

Virigina Adopts Safety and Health Standard for COVID-19

The New Emergency Temporary Standard Requires Job Risk Assessments, Employee Training and Customized Control and Prevention Measures Virginia has adopted an occupational safety and health standard to protect employees within the state from COVID 19. This Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS)

Massachusetts Finalizes Amendments to PFML Regulations

On July 24, 2020, the Massachusetts Department of Paid Family and Medical Leave published final amendments to regulations issued under the state’s Paid Family and Medical Leave program.

Alerts for JulyTop Of Page

Remote Verification of Form I-9 Documents Extended to Aug. 19

According to the DHS This Will Be the Final Extension The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced that the exemption for the physical inspection of Form I 9 documents has been extended to Aug. 19, 2020. 

NLRB Changes Rules for Abusive or Offensive Conduct By Employees

On July 21, 2020, the National Labor Relations Board issued a decision that eases the way for employers to discipline or discharge an employee based on abusive or offensive conduct—such as racist or profane remarks—committed while the employee was also engaged in activities that are protected under the National Labor Relations Act.

DOL Publishes More Q&As on Employment Laws and Coronavirus

On July 20, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced the agency’s publication of additional questions and answers about the operation of the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) in workplace situations involving COVID-19.

DOL Revises FMLA Forms, Seeks Input on Regulations

The U.S. Department of Labor has issued a Request for Information about federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) regulations. The agency has also revised its FMLA notice and certification forms.

DOL Issues RFI on Paid Family and Medical Leave

In a Request for Information (RFI) issued July 15, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced it is seeking information about the effectiveness of current state- and employer-provided paid leave programs, and how access (or lack of access) to these programs impacts workers and their families.

Proposed Rule Would Allow Changes to Certain Grandfathered Plans

On July 10, 2020, the Departments of Labor (DOL), Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Treasury issued a proposed rule that would allow grandfathered group health plans to make certain changes to cost-sharing requirements without losing grandfather status.

IRS: W-2 Reporting Required for FFCRA Leave Pay

Employers are required to report sick and family leave wages paid to employees under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) on Form W-2, according to guidance from the IRS and the U.S. Treasury Department.

NY Order and Guidance Affect COVID-19 Leave for Employees

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has issued an order barring state COVID-19 leave for employees who travel to states on New York’s travel advisory. In addition, recent state guidance clarifies when health care workers under isolation or quarantine orders are eligible for leave under the New York law.

Colorado Passes Paid Sick Leave Law

The Colorado legislature has passed the Healthy Families and Workplaces Act (Act), requiring all Colorado employers to provide employees with different types of paid sick leave in different circumstances:

Alerts for JuneTop Of Page

IRS Issues Guidance on Leave Donation Programs for COVID-19

Employee leave donated to COVID-19 charities through employer-based programs will not be taxed as income of the donor employees, according to recent guidance by the IRS.

IRS Issues Proposed Regulations for Qualified Employee Transportation Fringe Benefits

The IRS has issued proposed regulations that provide guidance for employers determining the amount of nondeductible qualified fringe transportation expenses. The proposed rules also provide guidance for applying exceptions, and include definitions, special rules and methodologies.

DOL Issues Guidance on FFCRA Leave for Summer Camp Closures

The U.S. Department of Labor has issued Field Assistance Bulletin 2020-4, clarifying when employees may take paid leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act for the COVID-19-related closure of a summer camp, summer enrichment program or other summer program.

DOL Launches Employee Tool for Determining FFCRA Leave

The U.S. Department of Labor has created an online tool to help workers determine whether they qualify for paid leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

DOL Issues Five New Fair Labor Standards Act Opinion Letters

The New Letters Clarify Compliance Issues With the FLSA On June 25, 2020 the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published five new opinion letters. Opinion letters provide the DOL’s official position on how labor and employment standards apply in specific

Federal Agencies Release More FAQs on Coronavirus-related Changes for Health Plans

New FAQs Address a Variety of Health Coverage Issues Related to the COVID 19 Outbreak The Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and the Treasury have provided answers to a second set of FAQs (FAQs Part 43) about health

President Trump Suspends Entry of Certain Foreign Workers

The Order Is Effective Between June 24 and December 31 On June 22, 2020, President Trump suspended the entry to the United States of certain foreign nationals holding specific working, nonimmigrant visas. The order becomes effective June 24, 2020 and

OSHA Issues Guidance for Reopening Nonessential Businesses

OSHA's Publication Includes Charts and Examples Help Implement Safety Principles On June 18, 2020, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released guidance to help employers plan how to reopen nonessential businesses. The guidance also addresses issues employers should consider

EEOC Adds another FAQ to Guidance on Coronavirus and the ADA

On June 17, 2020, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued an additional answer to frequently asked questions, indicating the ADA prohibits employers from requiring employees to take COVID-19 antibody tests.

Supreme Court Rules Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination Violates Title VII

On June 15, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision holding that discrimination based on homosexuality or transgender status necessarily involves intentionally treating individuals differently because of their sex, and that it is therefore prohibited under Title VII of the federal Civil Rights Act.

Reminder: D.C. Paid Family Leave Available July 1

 On July 1, 2020, the District of Columbia will begin administering paid family leave to eligible employees. The program provides eight weeks to bond with a new child, six weeks to care for a family member with a serious health condition, and two weeks for the employee to care for his or her own serious health condition.

EEOC Issues new FAQs on Coronavirus and the ADA

New FAQs Address How an Employee’s Age, National Origin, Pregnancy or Caregiver Roles May Affect an Employer’s Obligations Related to COVID 19 On June 11, 2020, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued additional answers to frequently asked

OSHA Issues FAQs on Face Masks and Respirators

OSHA Recommends that Employers Encourage Workers to Wear Face Coverings at Work As the national economy reopens, an unprecedented number of workers will be required to wear faces masks in the workplace for the first time. To help

Paycheck Protection Program Amendments Signed Into Law

Since being established as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) in March 2020, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) has been the subject of additional stimulus bills, legal guidance and interim final rules. In the

Alerts for MayTop Of Page

West Virginia Creates Safe Harbor for Final Payment of Wages

Safe Harbor Will Encourage Resolution of Claims Before Lawsuits are Filed  West Virginia has enacted a new law that regulates the payment of liquidated damages and attorney’s fees for lawsuits related to unpaid or underpaid wage claims. Beginning June 4,

DOL Finalizes New Method for Electronic Delivery of Retirement Plan Disclosures

On May 21, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published a final rule that will allow plan administrators to post retirement plan disclosures online or deliver them to employees by e-mail, as a default, to comply with their statutory duty to furnish documents under ERISA.

IRS Releases 2021 Health Savings Account (HSA) Limits

The IRS has announced the 2021 inflation-adjusted amounts for Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) as determined under the Internal Revenue Code.

New COVID-19 Guidance for Section 125 Mid-year Election Change Rules

On May 12, 2020, the IRS released Notice 2020-29, which provides temporary flexibility for mid-year election changes under a Section 125 cafeteria plan during calendar year 2020.

IRS Provides More Options for Unused Funds in Health FSAs and DCAPs

Options Include an Extended Period for Incurring Expenses and Increased Health FSA Carryover Limit On May 12, 2020, the IRS announced more options with respect to unused amounts in health flexible spending accounts (FSAs) and dependent care assistance programs (DCAPs).

EEOC Delays EEO-1 and Related Reports Due to COVID-19

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, employers and unions that are subject to equal employment opportunity (EEO) reporting under Title VII of the Civil Right Act will not be required to file EEO surveys in 2020, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced on May 8, 2020.

FFCRA May 7 Update: DOL Publishes Additional FAQs

Newest DOL Publication Adds FAQs 89 Through 93 On May 7, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) added five new answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) to help employers comply with requirements set by the Families First Coronavirus Response

DOL Issues Updated Model COBRA Notices

The General Notice and Election Notice Models Now Include Medicare Information On May 1, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor issued new model notices that group health plans may use to use to comply with COBRA notification requirements. Use of

EEOC Updates Guidance on Coronavirus and the ADA

New FAQs Address Return to work Issues For At Risk Employees Who Are At High Risk of Becoming Ill From COVID 19 On May 7, 2020, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued additional answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Virginia to Increase State Minimum Wage Rate

New Rate Becomes Effective May 1, 2021 New legislation will progressively increase the state’s minimum wage rate to $15 per hour by 2026. The current rate in Virginia is equal to the federal minimum wage rate of $7.25 per hour.

Colorado Expands Paid Health Emergency Leave

On April 27, 2020, Colorado amended its emergency regulations mandating paid sick leave for certain workers affected by COVID-19.

Alerts for AprilTop Of Page

Federal Agencies Issue COVID-19 Relief for Employee Benefit Plans

Deadline relief for employee benefit plans and plan participants impacted by the COVID 19 outbreak  On April 28, 2020, the Departments of Labor (DOL) and the Treasury (Departments) issued deadline relief to help employee benefit plans, plan participants and plan

CA Issues Workplace Poster for Paid Coronavirus Leave for Food Sector Workers

The California Labor Commissioner’s office has released a workplace poster for use by food sector employers subject to the state requirement for supplemental COVID-19 paid sick leave.

Court Suspends Enforcement of Dallas Paid Sick Time Ordinance

A federal judge has paused enforcement of the Dallas Earned Paid Sick Time Ordinance, which requires employers to grant eligible employees one hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours worked in the city, pending the outcome of ongoing litigation over the law.

IRS Extends Deadline for Forms 5500 Due Before July 15, 2020

On April 9, 2020, the IRS issued Notice 2020-23 to extend key tax deadlines for individuals and businesses in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

DOL Issues Regulations for FFCRA Paid Leave

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued temporary regulations to implement the paid leave mandates of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. The regulations provide direction for administration of the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act.

CARES Act Includes Changes for Health Plans

Coronavirus Relief Law Includes a Variety of Changes Affecting Health Plans On March 27, 2020, President Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) into law to provide $2.2 trillion in federal funding to address the

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DOL Provides Guidance on Small Employer Exemption to Coronavirus Paid Leave

New FAQs on the FFCRA Address Small Employer Exemption The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued new FAQs that address the small employer exemption to certain paid leave requirements under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).  Small

DOL Issues Guidance Documents on FFCRA

Guidance materials on the new Families First Coronavirus Response Act are now available for employers from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). Links to the materials, which explain how the law will be implemented and include required notices, can be found on a DOL webpage dedicated to COVID-19.

DOL: New Paid Leave Requirements Take Effect April 1

Coronavirus Response Act Applies to Leaves Taken April – Dec. 2020 The paid leave provisions of the recently enacted Families First Coronavirus Response Act will go into effect April 1, 2020, according to Q&As released by the U.S. Department of

Congress Passes Coronavirus Aid Law

On March 18, the U.S. Senate passed a coronavirus relief bill, called the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, that was passed by the House of Representatives over the weekend. President Trump is expected to sign the bill into law.

Health Plans Must Provide Free Coronavirus (COVID-19) Testing

Health Plans Must Cover COVID 19 Testing At No Charge On March 18, 2020, the U.S. Congress passed its second coronavirus relief measure – the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (Act). President Trump is expected to sign the bill into

House Approves Corrections to Coronavirus Relief Bill

On March 16, the U.S. House of Representatives passed technical corrections to the coronavirus relief bill, titled the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

House of Representatives Passes Coronavirus Relief Bill

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act on March 14, 2020, following negotiations with the White House. The U.S. Senate is expected to vote on the bill this week.

Deal Reached on Coronavirus Aid

The White House and U.S. House of Representatives have reached a deal that would involve several billion dollars in federal spending and provide free medical testing, paid leave, food assistance for poor families, and other aid for people affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

CO Mandates Paid Employee Sick Days for COVID-19 Testing

Effective immediately, Colorado employers in seven industries must give employees up to four days of paid sick leave for testing coronavirus (COVID 19) testing.

California Labor Commissioner Issues Guidance on Coronavirus

The FAQs address issues such as leave for employees under quarantine or at risk of exposure, questioning employees about their travel to high-risk areas, and the effect of operational shutdowns on employee compensation.

DOL Issues Guidance on COVID-19 and FMLA

DOL Issues Guidance on COVID 19 and FMLA   Q&As Apply Broadly to Public Health Emergencies  The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued Q&As on the federal Family and Medical Leave Act in the context of

IRS Allows HDHPs to Pay for COVID-19 Testing and Treatment

HDHPs Can Pay Benefits for COVID 19 Without a Deductible On March 11, 2020, the IRS issued Notice 2020 15 to advise that high deductible health plans (HDHPs) can pay for COVID 19 testing and treatment before plan deductibles have

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