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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 DecemberTop Of Page

Court Blocks Vaccine Mandate for Federal Contractors in Three States

The Preliminary Injunction Applies Only To Kentucky, Ohio And Tennessee On Nov. 30, 2021, a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction effectively blocking the implementation and enforcement of President Biden’s COVID 19 vaccine mandate for

Alerts for NovemberTop Of Page

Colorado Amends Minimum Wage, Overtime and Wage Payment Laws

New Rules Become Effective Jan. 1, 2022 On Nov. 10, 2021, Colorado adopted a series of regulations, including Colorado’s Overtime and Minimum Pay Standards (COMPS) Order 38, that update and strengthen wage protections for employees. Among other things, these rules

D.C. Passes COVID-19 Vaccination Leave, Extends Other COVID-19 Employee Leave

Washington, D.C., has enacted the COVID Vaccination Leave Emergency Amendment Act of 2021, providing paid time off for COVID-19 vaccinations and extending and updating unpaid leave for COVID-19-related purposes under the District of Columbia Family and Medical Leave Act.

DOL Announces Rule to Increase Federal Contractor Minimum Wage

Federal Contractors Will Need To Determine The Set Of Rules That Apply Based On Their Contract Date  On Nov. 22, 2021, The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced a new rule that will increase the minimum wage rate for

HHS Increases Civil Penalties for Certain Group Health Plan Violations

Effective Nov. 15, 2021, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has increased the following key penalties affecting group health plans:

DOL, NRLB and EEOC Announce Joint Initiative Against Workplace Retaliation

According To The Federal Agencies, Retaliation Claims Have Risen Each Year For The Last 20 Years On Nov. 10, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

Qualified Transportation Fringe Benefit Limits to Increase in 2022

The IRS has released Revenue Procedure 2021-45, which includes cost-of-living adjustments for employee qualified transportation fringe benefits for the 2022 taxable year, along with annually adjusted numbers for 2022 for a number of other tax provisions.

NY to Expand Paid Family Leave to Cover Siblings

On Nov. 1, 2021, New York state amended the definition of “family member” in the state’s paid family leave law to include siblings, effective Jan. 1, 2023.

New York COVID-19 Vaccine Leave Covers Booster Shots

The New York Department of Labor has issued guidance clarifying that the state law requiring paid employee leave for COVID-19 vaccination includes leave for booster shots.

IRS Releases 2022 Retirement Contribution Limits

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has released Notice 2021-61, which contains cost-of-living adjustments for 2022 that affect amounts employees can contribute to 401(k) plans and individual retirement accounts (IRAs).

COVID-19 Vaccination Required for Health Care Workers

Affected Health Care Facilities Must Ensure Their Staff Is Fully Vaccinated by Jan. 4, 2022 On Nov. 4, 2021, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued an emergencyregulation requiring COVID 19 vaccination of eligible staff at health care

OSHA Releases Vaccination and Testing ETS

Affected Employers Must Develop, Implement And Enforce A Mandatory COVID 19 Vaccination Policy On Nov. 4, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a federal emergency temporary standard (ETS) to address the grave danger of COVID 19 infection

DOL Issues New Model Employer CHIP Notice

The Department of Labor (DOL) has released a new model Employer CHIP Notice with information current as of Oct. 15, 2021.

New York Construction Contractors Liable for Subcontractor Wage Claims

The New Law Becomes Effective Jan. 4, 2022 The state of New York has adopted a new law (AB 3350) that holds construction contractors and subcontractors jointly and severally liable for wage claims brought against their subcontractors. The new law

Washington State Announces PFML Rates for 2022

Washington state’s paid family and medical leave (PFML) premium rate will increase in 2022. However, the employer-paid portion of that rate will be a smaller percentage of the overall contribution than in 2021. The maximum weekly PFML benefit will also increase in 2022.

Delaware Repeals Subminimum Wage Rate for Disabled Workers

Subminimum Wages for Employees With Disabilities Will Phase Out By Jan. 31, 2024 On Oct. 20, 2021, Delaware repealed a provision that enabled employers to pay wages below the state’s minimum wage rate to employees who are mentally or physically

Alerts for OctoberTop Of Page

Massachusetts Lowers PFML Contribution Rate for 2022

The Massachusetts paid family and medical leave contribution rate will be 0.68% of employee wages in 2022. This is a reduction of the 0.75% rate that applied in 2021, the first year benefits were available under the program.

DOL Clarifies Pay Requirements for Tipped Employees With Dual Jobs

The New Rule Becomes Effective Dec. 28, 2021 On Oct. 28, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced the publication of a new rule for tip regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The new rule clarifies that

California Announces 2022 Salary Level for Computer Software Employee Exemption

Salary Levels For The Computer Professional Exemption Are Updated Annually California’s Department of Industrial Relations (DILR) has announced that the salary level for the computer software employee exemption will increase to $50 per hour on Jan. 1, 2022. 

Washington Updates Salary Levels for Overtime Exemption

Salary Levels Depend On Employer Size and the State Minimum Wage Rate Washington’s Department of Labor and Industries has announced the 2022 updates for the state white collar overtime exemption salary levels. The new thresholds become effective Jan. 1, 2022. 

California Amends Notice and Reporting Requirements for COVID-19

New Requirements Became Effective Oct. 5 On Oct. 5, 2021, California approved Assembly Bill 654 (AB 654) to amend California’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal OSHA) COVID 19 notice and reporting regulations. The bill became effective upon adoption on

Massachusetts Announces 2022 PFML Benefit Rate

Massachusetts has announced an increase in the maximum state paid family and medical leave (PFML) benefit for 2022.

Alaska Announces 2022 Minimum Wage Rate

The State Rate Will Remain Unchanged for 2022 On Oct. 5, 2021, Alaska announced the state minimum wage rate will remain unchanged at $10.34 per hour for nonexempt employees for 2022.  State law requires that the Alaska Department

California Updates ABC Test Exemptions

The Amendments Become Effective Jan. 1, 2022 On Sept. 30, 2021, California updated its exceptions to the law that regulates independent contractor classification (AB 5). AB 5 requires a three part test, also known as the ABC test, to determine

District of Columbia Updates Paid Family Leave Benefit Rate

The District of Columbia has announced an increase in the maximum paid family leave benefit.

Montana Announces 2022 State Minimum Wage Rate

On Sept. 30, 2021, Montana announced a $9.20 minimum wage rate for nonexempt employees. The new rate becomes effective on Jan. 1, 2022. Employers should note that state law does not allow for a tip credit, meal credit or training

Delaware Repeals Training and Youth Minimum Wage Rates

The State's Training and Youth Wages Remain Effective Until Dec. 29, 2021 On Sept. 30, 2021, Delaware amended its wage and hour laws to repeal its training and youth minimum wage rates. The amendments become effective on Dec. 29, 2021. 

Proposal for Fiduciaries to Consider ESG Factors in Plan Management

On Oct. 13, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) proposed a rule that would allow plan fiduciaries to consider climate change and other environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors when they make investment decisions and exercise shareholder rights.

Florida New Hire Reporting Now Includes Independent Contractors

Reporting Requirement Applies to Contractors That Render At Least $600 In Services Effective Oct. 1, 2021,  a new law in Florida requires employers and service recipients to report to the State Directory of New Hires (the Directory) information

District of Columbia Expands Paid Employee Leave

The District of Columbia has amended its Universal Paid Leave Act (UPLA) and Family and Medical Leave Act (DCFMLA). The amendments took effect Oct. 1, 2021, via emergency legislation and expire Nov. 21, 2021. An identical, permanent law is under Congressional review.

Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, Passes Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

Employers in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania must provide employees with paid sick time under a new ordinance passed Sept. 14, 2021.

Clarifying Guidance on COBRA Deadline Extension Relief

IRS Notice 2021-58 clarifies the application of certain COBRA deadline extensions for electing COBRA coverage and paying COBRA premiums under prior relief that was issued as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak (“Emergency Relief”).

Ohio Minimum Wage to Increase in 2022

The New Rate Becomes Effective Jan. 1, 2022 On Jan. 1, 2022, Ohio’s minimum wage rate will increase to $9.30 per hour for nonexempt employees.  The state minimum wage in Ohio applies to employers that gross at least

Washington Announces 2022 Minimum Wage Rate

The New Rate Becomes Effective Jan. 1, 2022 Washington state has announced that its minimum wage rate will increase to $14.49 per hour on Jan. 1, 2022. Employers may continue to pay employees who are 14 or 15 years of

California Family Rights Act to Cover Care for Parents-in-Law

Effective Jan. 1, 2022, California employers subject to the California Family Rights Act must allow eligible employees to take leave under the act to care for a parent-in-law with a serious medical condition.

California Repeals Subminimum Wage Rates for Disabled Workers

A Multi year Plan Will Be Developed To Phase Out All Subminimum Wages For Employees With Disabilities By Jan. 1, 2025 On Sept. 27, 2021, California repealed a provision that enabled employers to pay wages below the state’s minimum wage

South Dakota Announces 2022 State Minimum Wage Rate

New Rates Become Effective Jan. 1, 2022 South Dakota has announced a $9.95 per hour minimum wage rate for nonexempt employees. The new minimum wage rate becomes effective Jan. 1, 2022.  State Minimum Wage Rate South

New York Announces Minimum Wage Rates for 2022

New Rates Become Effective On Dec. 31, 2021 On Sept. 22, 2021, the New York Department of Labor (NYDOL) announced the state’s two minimum wage rates will increase on Dec. 31, 2021.  The rate for Nassau, Suffolk and

Massachusetts Extends COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave Through April 1

Massachusetts has extended its COVID-19 emergency paid sick leave law through April 1, 2022, and added a new reason for the leave.

California Adopts Warehouse Distribution Center Quota Law

The New Law Becomes Effective Jan. 1, 2022 On Sept. 23, 2021, California adopted a new law that requires distribution centers to provide their employees with written quota descriptions upon hire. The law also prohibits quotas that would prevent compliance

Alerts for SeptemberTop Of Page

Maine Announces 2022 Minimum Wage Rate

State Minimum Wage Rate Affects the Service Rate and the Overtime Exemption Threshold On Sept. 23, 2021, Maine announced the state minimum wage rate will increase by 50 cents to $12.75 per hour for nonexempt employees. State law requires that

New York Announces Paid Family Leave Rates for 2022

New York state’s Department of Financial Services has released the 2022 paid family leave employee contribution rate for 2022. In addition, the 2022 maximum benefit amount is now available.

DOL Announces Final Rule on Tip Regulations

The New Rule Becomes Effective Nov. 23, 2021 On Sept. 23, the U.S. Department of Labor announced a final rule that will amend Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulations for tipped employees. The final rule is scheduled for publication in

Arizona Announces $12.80 Minimum Wage Rate for 2022

New Rates Become Effective On Jan. 1, 2022 Arizona has announced a $12.80 minimum wage rate for 2022. Arizona’s minimum wage rate is adjusted annually to reflect changes in the cost of living. The new rate becomes effective on Jan.

DOL Extends Rescission Date for Joint Employer Rule to Oct. 5, 2021

On Oct. 5, 2021 The 2020 Joint Employer Rule Will Be Removed In Its Entirety On July 29, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced that it is rescinding its 2020 Joint Employer Determination Rule (the Rule), effective Sept.

DOL Announces $11.25 Minimum Wage Rate for Federal Contractors

New Rates Will Apply To Federal Contractors on Jan. 1 and Jan. 30, 2022 On Sept. 15, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced a minimum wage rate of $11.25 per hour for federal contractors. Similarly, the minimum wage

OSHA to Mandate Vaccine and Testing Temporary Standard for COVID-19

New Requirements May Affect Employers With 100 Or More Employees On Sept. 9, 2021, President Biden announced that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is developing an emergency temporary standard (ETS). The new ETS will require private sector employers

Illinois Domestic Violence Leave to Cover All Victims of Violence

Illinois has amended the state Victims' Economic Security and Safety Act to provide victims of violent crime the same employee rights to unpaid leave the Act provides to victims of domestic, sexual and gender violence.

Changes Proposed to Form 5500 to Implement SECURE Act Rules

On Sept. 14, 2021, federal agencies announced proposed revisions to the Form 5500 Annual Return/Report. These changes are designed primarily to implement the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019 (SECURE Act) and to make other improvements.

IRS Issues Guidance for Reporting 2021 FFCRA Leave Wages

IRS Notice 2021-53, issued Sept. 7, 2021, provides guidance for employers on how to report qualified sick and family leave wages for employee leave taken in 2021 under the Families First Coronavirus Relief Act (FFCRA), as amended by the COVID-Related Tax Relief Act of 2020 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

Reminder: Medicare Part D Notices Are Due Before Oct. 15, 2021

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.

Alerts for AugustTop Of Page

Nevada Requires Employers to Display New Poster by Oct. 1, 2021

The New Poster Provides Employees With Notice of State Job Training and Employment Programs Nevada has amended its unemployment laws to require employers to display and maintain a new poster published by the state’s Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation

Minnesota Announces $10.33 per Hour Minimum Wage Rate

New Rates Become Effective Throughout the State Become Jan. 1, 2022 On Aug. 19, 2021, Minnesota’s Department of Labor and Industry announced the minimum wage rate in the state will increase for 2022. Starting on Jan. 1, 2022, large employers

COBRA Subsidy Expiration Notice Due by Sept. 15 (Sooner for Some)

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) provides COBRA premium assistance to eligible individuals and imposes notice requirements on health plans, including a requirement to notify eligible individuals about when their premium assistance ends.

Pittsburgh Passes New COVID-19 Paid Employee Leave Requirement

Pittsburgh has enacted a new ordinance requiring paid employee leave for COVID-19-related reasons. The city’s previous COVID-19 paid leave law expired in June after the state’s disaster emergency ended.

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Rules Time Spent on Mandatory Security Screenings Is Compensable

The Court Reminded Employers That States Law Can Impose Higher Protections for Employees On July 21, 2021, Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court ruled in In re Amazon.com, Inc., that “time spent on an employer’s premises waiting to undergo, and undergoing, mandatory security

New Hampshire Adopts New Tipped Employee Wage Rate

The Base Rate For Tipped Employees Is No Longer Proportional to the State's Minimum Wage Rate On July 23, 2021, New Hampshire adopted a new base rate for tipped employees of $3.27 per hour. This new tipped employee base rate

North Carolina Amends Wage Payment Requirements

The Amendtments Affect Onboarding and Offboarding Employer Practices On July 8, 2021, North Carolina amended its labor laws to strengthen wage payment requirements. Specifically, the amendments affect the last wage payment upon separation of employment and employee wage notification requirements.

Oregon Delays Implementation of Paid Family and Medical Leave

The Oregon legislature has delayed the rollout of the state’s paid family and medical leave (PFML) program, originally scheduled for 2022.

DOL Rescinds 2020 Rule on FLSA Joint Employer Determinations

On July 29, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced that it is rescinding its 2020 Joint Employer Determination Rule (the 2020 Rule), effective Sept. 28, 2021. The DOL had previously proposed rescinding the rule in March 2021. 

Delaware Increases Minimum Wage Rate to $15 Per Hour

The State Minimum Wage Rate Will Increase Incrementally Over the Next Five Years Delaware has amended its minimum wage law to increase the state’s minimum wage rate to $15 per hour. The increase will be incremental over the next four

DOL Updates 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.

Oregon Allows Sick Leave for Heat, Air Quality and Evacuations

The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries issued a temporary rule expanding the permissible uses of employee sick time under state law, stating that it was responding to recent wildfires, evacuation orders, dangerous air quality conditions and a deadly heat event in the state.

IRS: FFCRA Leave Credits Apply for COVID-19 Immunization of Others

The IRS has updated its frequently asked questions on employer tax credits for providing employee leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (as amended and extended by the American Recovery Plan Act).

Maine Amends Direct Deposit and Service Employee Laws

Changes Become Effective Oct. 18, 2021 and Jan. 1, 2022 In June 2021, Maine adopted one law that prohibits charging employees direct deposit fees and another that sets new qualifications for the service (or tipped) employee minimum wage exemption.

IRS Updates Form 941, Employer’s Quarterly Federal Tax Return

The IRS has released the latest version of its Form 941, Employer’s Quarterly Tax Return, which must be filed each quarter by employers to report income taxes, Social Security tax or Medicare tax withheld from employees’ paychecks, and to pay the employer’s portion of Social Security or Medicare tax.

Alerts for JulyTop Of Page

Additional IRS Q&As on American Rescue Plan’s COBRA Subsidy

On July 26, 2021, the IRS issued Notice 2021-46, providing additional guidance on the application of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) subsidy for continuation health coverage under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (COBRA) in the form of 11 questions and answers.

Domestic Violence Leave for Missouri Workers Enacted

A new statute requires Missouri employers with at least 20 employees to provide unpaid leave when workers or their family members are domestic violence victims. The mandate takes effect August 28, 2021.

Hawaii Prohibits Requiring Employees to Download COVID-19 Tracing Apps

The Prohibition Applies To Current And Prospective Employees When The Download Is Intended As A Condition Of Employment On July 7, 2021, Hawaii adopted a law that prohibits employers from requiring their employees and applicants to download

Colorado Repeals Subminimum Wages for Workers with Disabilities

Lower Wages Were Repealed To Encourage Competitive Integrated Employment On June 29, 2021, Colorado repealed a law that permitted employers to pay subminimum wage rates to employees with a disability. This amendment states that the legislature is repealing these provisions

California Will Allow Electronic Distribution of Workplace Notices

Employers Must Also Continue to Physically Display These Electronic Notices On July 16, 2021, California amended its Labor Code to allow employers to distribute certain workplace notices and posters electronically in addition to displaying the postings required by law. The

California Supreme Court Rules Noncompliant Rest Periods Must Be Paid at Regular Rate of Pay

The Court's Holding Applies Retroactively  On July 15, 2021, the California Supreme Court ruled in Ferra v. Loews Hollywood Hotel, LLC that employers must use the regular rate of pay rather than the hourly wage rate when paying employees for

DOL Proposes Rule to Increase Wages for Federal Contractors

This DOL proposed Rule Was Issued To Implement The April 27, 2021 Executive Order On July 21, 2021, The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced a proposed rule that would increase the minimum wage rate for federal contractor employees to

Hawaii Repeals Subminimum Wage Rate for Disabled Workers

The Amendment Was Necessary Because the Law No Longer Met Its Objective On June 16, 2021, Hawaii repealed the ability of employers in the state to pay lower wage rates to employees with disabilities. As a result, employers in Hawaii

Rhode Island Increases Temporary Caregiver Benefits

Rhode Island has expanded its temporary caregiver insurance (TCI) benefits to cover five weeks annually starting Jan. 1, 2022, and six weeks annually beginning Jan. 1, 2023.

Recalling Service Workers Laid Off Due to COVID-19 in Connecticut

Employers in Certain Industries Must Rehire Laid Off Workers Instead of Hiring New Ones When Job Opportunities Arise On July 13, 2021, Connecticut adopted a law that requires employers in the hotel, food service and building service industries to recall

New Jersey Temporarily Expands Summer Working Hours for Minors

Extended Hours For Minors Will Expire By Labor Day On July 1, 2021, New Jersey temporarily expanded summer working hours for minors between 16 and 18 years of age. The expansion allows these minors to work up to 50 hours

Pennsylvania Repeals Salary Increase for Overtime Exemptions

Pennsylvania's Overtime Salary Threshold for Executive, Administrative and Professional Employees Will Remain the Same As the Federal Level On July 9, 2021, the Pennsylvania General Assembly repealed an overtime rule that would have increased the minimum salary threshold for exempt

President Biden Issues Executive Order to Promote Competition in the American Economy

On July 9, 2021, President Joe Biden issued an executive order to promote competition in the American economy. As stated by the accompanying fact sheet, the order’s objectives include reducing the trend of corporate consolidation, increasing competition and delivering concrete

Chicago Paid Sick Leave Expanded

The Chicago City Council has amended the city’s paid sick leave ordinance effective Aug. 1, 2021, to allow employees to take the leave for additional reasons. The changes also add penalties for noncompliance and expand the law’s notice requirement.

New Hampshire Passes Paid Family Medical Leave

New Hampshire has enacted a paid family medical leave insurance program, called the Granite State Paid Family Leave Plan. The measure passed as part of the state budget, with the mandate that coverage be available for purchase by Jan. 1, 2023.

EEOC Extends EEO-1 Deadline for 2019 and 2020 Data Submissions

The New Deadline Gives Employers Another Month–Until August 23– To Complete Their Reports   Employers now have some extra time to submit equal employment opportunity (EEO 1) workforce data from 2019 and 2020, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced

Recalling Nevada Hospitality and Travel Employees Affected by COVID-19

The Act Requires Covered Employers to Recall Laid off Employees Rather Than Searching For New Ones When Job Opportunities Arise On June 8, 2021, Nevada enacted the Nevada Hospitality and Travel Workers Right to Return Act (the Act)

IRS Extends Deadline for COVID-19 Employee Leave Donations

The U.S. Treasury Department and the IRS have extended the deadline for tax-free donations to COVID-19 victims under employer-sponsored leave-based donation programs. Notice 2021-42 allows tax-favored treatment for payments made by Jan. 1, 2022.

Connecticut Passes Unpaid Voting Leave Requirement

Effective immediately, Connecticut employers must provide employees with two hours of unpaid leave to vote. The voting leave entitlement remains in effect through June 30, 2024.

Los Angeles Employers Must Provide Leave for COVID Vaccine

Los Angeles employers are now required to allow paid leave for obtaining and recovering from the COVID-19 vaccine, per June 24, 2021, orders by Mayor Eric Garcetti. The mandate applies retroactively to Jan. 1, 2021.

Alerts for JuneTop Of Page

Oregon Family Leave Broadened for Public Health Emergencies

Oregon has amended its Family Leave Act to expand coverage during public health emergencies. The new provisions take effect Jan. 1, 2022.

DOL Proposes Rule To Clarify When Tip Wages Apply

The Proposal Clarifies That Employers Can Claim The Tip Credit Only for Employees Who Perform Tip Producing Work On June 21, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced a proposed rule to clarify when employers can claim a tip

Nevada Passes Employee Leave Laws for COVID-19 Vaccination and Kin Care

Nevada has enacted bills requiring paid employee leave for COVID-19 vaccination and specifying that employers providing paid sick leave must allow the leave to be used to care for family members. In addition, the Nevada paid leave law was amended to clarify that it covers leave used for family and medical purposes.

IRS Releases FAQs on ARP Tax Credits for Paid Sick and Family Leave

On June 11, 2021, the IRS released new FAQs about tax credits for eligible employers who voluntarily provide paid employee leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

OSHA Updates Guidance for Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace

The New Guidance Focuses on Protections for Unvaccindated and At Risk Employees On June 10, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) updated its guidance on mitigating and preventing the spread of COVID 19 in the workplace. The guidance

OSHA Issues COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard for Health Care

Some Exceptions Apply to Fully Vaccinated Workers On June 10, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced its COVID 19 Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS). The ETS was developed to protect health care and health care support service workers

New York Workers May Use Sick Leave for Recovery from COVID-19 Vaccine

The New York State Department of Labor has issued guidance clarifying that leave under the state’s paid sick leave law may be used by workers to recover from side effects of the COVID-19 vaccination.

Massachusetts Passes COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave Law

Effective June 7, 2021, Massachusetts employers must provide COVID-19 paid sick leave for employees’ (or their family members’) specified coronavirus-related exposure, diagnosis, illness, treatment, isolation or quarantine; and employees’ COVID-19 vaccination and recovery from vaccination. Leave is also required when employees’ COVID-19 symptoms inhibit teleworking.

Alerts for MayTop Of Page

Rhode Island To Increase Minimum Wage Rate to $15 by 2025

The State Minimum Wage Rate will Increase Gradually Over the Next 4 Years Rhode Island has amended its minimum wage law to raise the state’s minimum wage rate to $15 per hour by Jan. 1, 2025. The current minimum wage

LA County Requires Paid Employee Leave for COVID-19 Vaccine

On May 18, 2021, Los Angeles County passed an urgency ordinance requiring all private employers to provide paid leave for COVID-19 vaccination for employees in unincorporated parts of the county. The ordinance became effective immediately and is retroactive to Jan. 1, 2021.

District of Columbia Requires Employers to Adopt Workplace COVID-19 Safety Policies

This New Act Went Into Effect Is Set to Expire on Oct. 28, 2021 The District of Columbia (the District) has passed the Workplace Safety During the COVID 19 Pandemic Temporary Amendment Act of 2021 (Act). This Act now requires,

Pennsylvania Employers Must Provide Leave to Organ Donors

Effective June 26, 2021, Pennsylvania employees eligible for federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave must be granted leave to prepare for and recover from organ and tissue donation surgery.

District Extends Protections for Workers Displaced by COVID-19

Through an emergency measure, the District of Columbia has extended the protections created by its Displaced Workers Right to Reinstatement and Retention Emergency Amendment Act (the Act). The Act directs affected employers to give preference to retrain or reinstate employees

IRS Issues Guidance on American Rescue Plan’s COBRA Subsidy

On May 18, 2021, the IRS issued Notice 2021-31, a guidance document on the American Rescue Plan Act subsidy for continuation health coverage under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985.

IRS Releases 2022 Health Savings Account (HSA) Limits

Inflation Adjusted Contribution Limits and HDHP Amounts to Increase The IRS has announced the 2022 inflation adjusted amounts for health savings accounts (HSAs) as determined under the Internal Revenue Code. Annual Contribution Limits For calendar year

IRS Issues Guidance on Taxability of DCAP Benefits for 2021, 2022

On May 10, 2021, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released guidance on the taxability of dependent care assistance programs (DCAPs) for 2021 and 2022, clarifying that amounts attributable to previously issued carryover and extended grace period relief generally are not taxable.

Illinois Expands Sick Leave Act for Personal Care of Family Members

Effective April 27, 2021, Illinois has amended the state's Employee Sick Leave Act to allow workers to use their sick leave for a family member’s “personal care.”

District of Columbia Announces 2021 Minimum Wage Rate

The Districts Minimum Wage Rate Is Adjusted Annually to Reflect Cost of Living Increases The District of Columbia’s Office of Wage and Hour has announced that beginning July 1, 2021, the district’s minimum wage rate will increase from $15 to

Court of Appeals Reverses AB 5 Injunction for Trucking Industry

Adequate Worker Classification Is Crucial in Determining Eligibility for Employee Benefits and Protections On Apr. 28, 2021, the 9th Circuit Federal Court of Appeals (the Court) held that California’s employee classification law known as AB 5 is not preempted by

DOL Withdraws Independent Contractor Final Rule

The Final Rule Will Be Officially Withdrawn After Its Publication in the Federal Register On May 5, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced it will officially withdraw the Independent Contractor final rule. The withdrawal will be effective on

Alerts for AprilTop Of Page

President Biden Orders $15 Minimum Wage for Federal Contractor Employees

The New Rate Becomes Mandatory on Jan. 30, 2022, and Will Be Adjusted Annually by the U.S. Department of Labor On April 27, 2021, President Joe Biden issued an executive order requiring federal contractors to pay their employees a $15

Washington State Temporarily Expands PFML With COVID-19 Grants

Washington state has created a temporary grant program to provide paid family and medical leave to individuals who, due to COVID-19, are unable to meet the “hours-worked” requirement for the benefit.

DOL Delays Portions of the 2020 Employee Tip Final Rule to Dec. 31, 2021

Provisions Not Affected by the Delay Take Effect April 30 On Dec. 30, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published a final rule to amend employee tip regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).  On Apr.

California Adopts Rules for Rehiring Workers Displaced by COVID-19

The New Preferential System Will Remain in Place Until Dec. 31, 2024 As of Apr. 16, 2021, certain employers are required to give preference to rehiring and retaining employees displaced by COVID 19 when filling new positions. This new law

Chicago Requires Time Off for COVID-19 Vaccinations

As of April 21, 2021, a new Chicago ordinance requires employers in the city to give employees time off work to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

EEOC Opens EEO-1 Reporting Portal for 2019 and 2020 Data

The portal for private-sector employers to submit equal employment opportunity (EEO-1) workforce data from 2019 and 2020 is now open, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced April 26, 2021.

Maryland Passes Public Health Emergency and Bereavement Leave Laws

The Maryland legislature passed a number of new bills affecting employers, including those addressing bereavement leave and protections for essential workers in a catastrophic public health emergency. These bills are expected to be signed into law shortly. 

Paid Leave Required for New Mexico Workers, Starting in 2022

Beginning July 1, 2022, most New Mexico employers will be required to provide up to 64 hours of paid leave annually for specific reasons relating to the health or safety of employees or their family members.

Virginia Passes Paid Sick Leave Law for Home Health Workers

Under a new law effective July 1, 2021, employers of home health workers in Virginia must provide paid sick leave for specific purposes relating to the medical needs of the workers or their family members.

Virginia Enacts Paid Sick Leave Law for Home Health Workers

Under a new law effective July 1, 2021, employers of home health workers in Virginia must provide paid sick leave for specific purposes relating to the medical needs of the workers or their family members.

Philadelphia Requires COVID-19-related Employee Leave

A new Philadelphia Public Health Emergency Leave law mandates up to 80 hours of paid employee leave for specific COVID-19-related reasons.

Virginia Adopts New Overtime Wage Rules

The New Law Uses Different Formulas to Calculate the Regular Wage Rate On March 31, 2021, Virginia adopted the Virginia Overtime Wage Act (the Act). This new law becomes effective July 1, 2021, and, like its federal counterpart—the Fair Labor

DOL Issues Model Notices, FAQs for COBRA Subsidy Under ARPA

On April 7, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor issued FAQs and model notices for the COBRA premium assistance provisions of the American Rescue Plan Act.

IRS Publishes Guidance for 2021 Employee Retention Credit (Q1/Q2)

The Tax Credit Will Increase to 70 Percent of Eligible Wages for the First Two Quarters of 2021 On April 2, 2021, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published Notice 2021 23 to provide guidance for employers claiming the employee retention

Illinois Issues Guidance on Employee Time Off for COVID-19 Vaccination

The Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL) has issued guidance for employers about employee leave for COVID-19 vaccination, addressing mandatory, optional and family member situations.

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EEOC Announces EEO-1 Reporting Begins April 26

The portal for private-sector employers to submit equal employment opportunity (EEO-1) workforce data from 2019 and 2020 will open on April 26, 2021, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)  announced March 29, 2021.

IRS Extends Time to Make IRA, HSA Contributions and File Forms 1040

On March 29, 2021, the Internal Revenue Service issued Notice 2021-21, which extends tax deadlines for filing Form 1040 series returns and other deadlines to May 17, 2021.

Face Masks and Other PPE Treated as Deductible Medical Expenses

The Internal Revenue Service has issued Announcement 2021-7, clarifying that amounts paid for certain personal protective equipment (PPE)—such as masks, hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes—used for the primary purpose of preventing the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) are deductible medical expenses.

New California COVID-19 Leave Law Is Retroactive to Jan. 1

Under a new supplemental paid sick leave law, California employers with more than 25 employees must provide up to 80 new hours of supplemental paid sick leave for specific COVID-19-related reasons. The leave requirement takes effect March 29, 2021, but it is retroactive to Jan. 1, 2021.

DOL Will Allow Portions of the Tip Rule to Take Effect April 30

While Some Provisions Will Take Effect, The DOL Is Also Proposing Changes to the Original Rule On Dec. 22, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published a final rule to amend employee tip regulations under the Fair Labor Standards

New York Employers Must Provide Paid Leave for COVID-19 Vaccination

New York has passed a law requiring employers to provide employees with paid leave to be vaccinated for COVID-19.

OSHA Releases COVID-19 National Emphasis Program

The NEP Is Expected to Remain in Effect Until the Pandemic is Over On March 12, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) launched a national emphasis program (NEP) for COVID 19. OSHA establishes NEPs when it identifies a

DOL Delays Effective Date for 2020 Employee Tip Rule

The Rule Will Go Into Effect April 30, 2021 On Feb. 26, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) delayed the effective date of its 2020 employee tip rule to April 30, 2021. This rule was originally scheduled to go

DOL Proposes to Rescind Independent Contractor Rule

The Rule Has Not Yet Become Effective and Its Rescission Has Been Proposed But Is Not Final Yet On March 11, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced a proposal to rescind the Independent Contractor final rule. The rule

DOL Proposes to Rescind the FLSA Joint Employer Determination Rule

Though Effective Since March 2020 a Federal Court Vacated Most of the Rule in September 2020 On March 11, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced a proposal to rescind the 2020 Joint Employer Determination Rule (the Rule). Joint

Biden Signs Relief Bill with Employment-related Provisions

On March 11, 2021, President Joe Biden signed into law the American Rescue Plan Act, a $1.9 trillion relief bill containing financial benefits for individuals, businesses, state and local governments and more.

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

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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.

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