close dialog

- 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.

HR Alerts

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

As an HRSPI client you can receive these alerts, along with Health Care Reform Updates, directly. You will also receive our eNewsletters with valuable information for anyone managing Human Resources. On top of all that you get free access to our client portal powered by HR360.

Alerts for SeptemberTop Of Page

New Jersey Adjusts Scheduled Minimum Wage Rate Increase

Adjustments To Scheduled Increases Are Possible During Times Of High Inflation  On Sept. 20, 2022, the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (LWD) announced the state’s minimum wage rate will increase to $14.13 per hour on Jan. 1,

Alaska Updates State Minimum Wage Exemptions

The Amendments Become Effective Dec. 12 On Sept. 14, 2022, Alaska adopted amendments to the state’s minimum wage law exemptions. These amendments remove the exemption for workers with disabilities and add an exemption for certain summer camp employees. The amendments

New York Publishes 2023 Paid Family Leave Rates

NewYork state has published paid family leave updates for 2023 on its websitefor the program. The employee contribution rate will decrease, while the maximum weekly benefit will increase as aresult of an increase in the state average weekly wage.  

Arizona Announces $13.85 Minimum Wage Rate for 2023

The New Rate Becomes Effective Jan. 1, 2023 Arizona has announced the state’s minimum wage rate will increase from $12.80 to $13.85 on Jan. 1, 2023. Arizona’s minimum wage rate is adjusted annually to reflect changes in the cost of

Nov. 30 Is First Deadline for Oregon Equivalent PFML Plans

New PFML regulations passed Aug. 22, 2022, by the Oregon Employment Department include rules for employers using equivalentplans in place of the state program.

California Bill Extends Paid Employee Leave for COVID-19

 The California legislature has passed an extension ofsupplemental paid sick leave for employees for COVID-19-related reasons. Thebill also creates a grant program to compensate small employers and nonprofitsfor leave costs. Gov. Gavin Newsom is expected to sign the bill. 

Colorado Issues Regulations for Paid Family and Medical Leave

Aspart of ongoing rule-making for the state’s new paid family and medical leaveinsurance program (FAMLI), the Colorado FAMLI Division recently adoptedregulations for the program’s benefits and employer participation.

DHS Codifies DACA Policy With Final Rule

DACA Does Not Grant Lawful Status But Allows Employment Authorization  On Aug. 30, 2022, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a final rule to preserve the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy. Specifically, the final rule defers

NLRB Proposes Return to the BFI Joint Employer Standard

The Proposed Standard Would Accept Evidence of Direct or Indirect Control   On Sept. 7, 2022, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) proposed to review and replace the current joint employment standard. Comments regarding the proposal must be submitted to the

Connecticut Issues Regulations for Amended State FMLA

The Connecticut Department of Labor has amended theregulations for the Connecticut Family and Medical Leave Act inaccordance with changes to the statute that took effect earlier this year.

SAR Deadline is Sept. 30 for Calendar Year Plans

Employers required to provide plan participants with a Summary Annual Report (SAR) must do so by Sept. 30, 2022, if they sponsor calendar year plans.

Minnesota Minimum Wage Rate Will Increase to $10.59 in 2023

New Rates Become Effective Jan. 1, 2023 On Aug. 23, 2022, Minnesota’s Department of Labor and Industry announced the minimum wage rate in the state will increase for 2023. Starting on Jan. 1, 2023, large employers in Minnesota will need

California Announces $15.50 Minimum Wage Rate for 2023

The New Rate Was Increased to Reflect the Cost of Inflation The California Department of Industrial Relations has announced that the state hourly minimum wage will increase to $15.50 an hour on Jan. 1, 2023. The new rate will apply

New Threshold for Required Employer CalSavers Participation

California employers are required to participate in California’s state-sponsored retirement program–referred to as CalSavers—if they do not sponsor a retirement plan and have a certain number of employees. Previously, the employee threshold for mandatory participation was five.

Alerts for AugustTop Of Page

New SECURE Act Guidance Extends Plan Amendment Deadlines

IRS Notice 2022-33, issued on Aug. 3, 2022, extends plan amendment deadlines for key provisions of the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019 (SECURE Act).

DOL Releases New Model Employer CHIP Notice

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

Michigan Repeals COVID-19 Employment Rights Act

Michigan has amended its COVID-19 Employment Rights Act tolimit the act’s coverage to claims or causes of action that occurred beforeJuly 2, 2022. The amendments also provide an expiration date for the law. 

District of Columbia Passes Paid Family and Medical Leave Changes

Washington, D.C., has made permanent the expansion ofemployee leave under the Universal Paid Leave Act (UPLA) announced in March,and eliminated the one-week waiting period for benefits. 

Michigan Paid Sick Leave Ruling Stayed Until February 2023

A Michigan court has stayed its ruling that amendments to the state’s paid sick leave law violate the state constitution, and that the original law as adopted by the legislature must take effect. The stay will last until February 19, 2023.

Alerts for JulyTop Of Page

Michigan Court Accelerates Minimum Wage Rate Increase

Michigan’s Minimum Wage Rate Could Increase To $12 Per Hour As Early As Aug. 9, 2022, Unless A Higher Court Overrules This Order On July 19, 2022, the Michigan Court of Claims ruled in Mothering Justice v. Nessel that the

California Small Businesses May Apply for Paid Family Leave Grants

The California Employment Training Panel and the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency have established a grant program for small businesses in California to offset the costs of paid family leave.  

Colorado Adopts Final Wage Payment Notice Requirement

Employers Must Provide Notice Of Final Wage Payment Deductions Within 10 Days On June 3, 2022, Colorado adopted Senate Bill (SB) 161. Among other things, SB 161 requires employers to provide notice of wage deductions within 10 days of termination.

Judge Reinstates Original Michigan Paid Sick Leave Act

A Michigan court has ruled that amendments restrictingemployee leave rights in the state’s paid sick leave law violate the stateconstitution. A stay of the order has been requested pending appeal. 

7th Circuit Rules Interference Violates FMLA Even Without Denial of Leave

The7th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in Ziccarelli v. Dart that an employercan violate the federal Family and Medical Leave Act by discouraging anemployee from exercising FMLA rights without denying an FMLA leave request.

New Jersey Extends Hours of Work for Some Minors

Employees Ages 16 17 May Work Up To 50 Hours Per Week Or 10 Hours Per Day Between Their Last Day Of School And Labor Day On July 5, 2022, New Jersey adopted Assembly Bill (AB) 4222. AB 4222 extends

Hawaii’s Minimum Wage Rate Will Increase to $12 on Oct. 1, 2022

The State's Minimum Wage Will Raise to $18 Per Hour By Jan. 1, 2028 On June 23, 2022, Hawaii adopted House Bill (HB) 2510. Among other things, HB 2510 raises the state’s minimum wage to $18 per hour by Jan.

Rhode Island Repeals Subminimum Wages for Employees With Disabilities

The New Rule Became Effective June 15 On June 15, 2022, Rhode Island adopted House Bill (HB) 7511 and HB 2242. This legislation effectively repeals the state provision that allowed employers to pay subminimum wages to employees with disabilities.

U.S. Supreme Court Confirms USERRA Rights

TheU.S. Supreme Court has held that states can be sued as employers by privateindividuals under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Actof 1994 (USERRA). The Court issued the ruling in Torres v. Texas Department ofPublic Safety on June 29, 2022. 

DHS Ends Temporary COVID-19 Policy for Form I-9 Expired Documents

Employers Must Update I 9 Forms By July 31 On May 1, 2022, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) ended the COVID 19 Temporary Policy for List B Identity Documents. As a result, employers are no longer allowed to accept

New York COVID-19 Vaccination Leave Law Extended Through 2023

New York state has extended its law requiring paid COVID-19vaccination leave through Dec. 31, 2023. The extension was in the form of anamendment to the original law, which was scheduled to expire Dec. 31, 2022. 

New Hampshire Relaxes Youth Employment Restrictions

Lower Age Restrictions and Extended Hours of Work Now Apply to Some Youth Workers On June 17, 2022, New Hampshire amended its youth employment laws to lower the age restriction for employees to clean tables at establishments serving alcoholic beverages.

San Francisco Enacts Paid Public Health Emergency Leave

San Francisco has passed a ballot measure requiring paid employee leave during public health emergencies. The ordinance becomes operative Oct. 1, 2022.

HHS Issues New HIPAA Privacy Guidance for Reproductive Health Care

New Guidance Addresses Privacy Rules for Health Care Providers  In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued new guidance regarding HIPAA’s privacy protections

Alerts for JuneTop Of Page

New Mexico Issues Regulations for Paid Sick Leave

The New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions haspublished regulations implementing the Healthy Workplaces Act, which goes intoeffect July 1. The regulations take effect on the same date. 

Philadelphia Passes Commuter Transit Benefit Requirement

Philadelphia has passed an ordinance requiring covered employers to provide covered employees a mass transit and bicycle commuter benefit program, effective Dec. 31, 2022.

Reminder: Form 5500 Is Due by Aug. 1, 2022 for Calendar Year Plans

Employers with employee benefit plans that operate on a calendar year basis must file their annual reports (Forms 5500) for 2021 with the Department of Labor (DOL) by Aug. 1, 2022.

Key Judicial Decisions Affect California Wage Payment Claims

The WinCo And Viking Decisions Set Limits On Wage Payment Claims In California Two federal courts—the U.S. Supreme Court and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals—recently ruled on cases involving wage claims by employees. These decisions set

Colorado Expands Safety and Health Whistleblower Protections

Employer Retaliation Is Now Prohibited Regardless Of Whether There Is A Public Health Emergency  On May 31, 2022, Colorado adopted Senate Bill (SB) 22 97 to expand whistleblower protections for workers. Before this law was adopted, state

Illinois Expands Employee Bereavement Leave Requirement

Illinois has amended the state’s Child Bereavement Act and renamed itthe Family Bereavement Leave Act. The amendments provide additional reasons forbereavement leave, including for the deaths of employees’ family members andfor reasons relating to failed pregnancies, fertility treatments and adoptions.

IRS Raises Standard Mileage Rates for Second Half of 2022

For the first time since 2011, the IRS has made a mid-year adjustment to the optional mileage rate used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business and certain other purposes. The agency said the change is in recognition of recent gasoline price increases.

Connecticut Adopts Data Privacy and Online Monitoring Act

The Act Regulates Data Collection, Storage And Usage Of Personal Information And Creates New Consumer Privacy Rights  On May 10, 2022, Connecticut adopted the Data Privacy and Online Monitoring Act (the Act) to regulate the collection, storage and usage of

Maryland Extends Data Breach Notification Requirements to Genetic Information

Employers That Own Or License Personal Information Of A Maryland Resident Must Implement Reasonable Security Procedures And Practices On May 29, 2022, Maryland amended its Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA) to include genetic information in the definition of personal information.

Connecticut Issues Model Notice for Employee Leave

The Connecticut Department of Labor has published a model notice ofemployee rights under the Connecticut Family and Medical Leave Act (CT FMLA)and the Connecticut Paid Leave Act (CT PLA). Employers may use the model noticeto satisfy the notice requirement taking effect on July 1, 2022.

Illinois Amends Meal Period Requirements

The Bill Also Creates New Employer Notification Requirements On May 13, 2022, Illinois adopted Senate Bill (SB) 3146 to amend meal break provisions of and create notification requirements under the Illinois One Day Rest In Seven Act (ODRISA). The amendments

California Supreme Court Rules Employers Must Properly Pay Meal and Rest Period Premiums

Employers Need To Accurately Identify And Account For Missed Meal And Rest Periods On May 23, 2022, in Naranjo v. Spectrum Security Services Inc. (Naranjo), the California Supreme Court unanimously held that meal and rest period premium pay is subject to the

South Carolina Eliminates Subminimum Wages for Employees With Disabilities

Employers In South Carolina Will No Longer Be Able To Claim This Federal Exemption After Aug. 1, 2024 On May 11, 2022, South Carolina adopted a joint resolution (SJR 533) that will prohibit paying employees with disabilities wages below the

Alerts for MayTop Of Page

Oregon Sets PFML Contribution Rate for 2023

The Oregon Employment Department has announced that thecontribution rate for the state’s paid family and medical leave program will be1% when contributions begin Jan. 1, 2023. 

DOL Issues Guidance on FMLA and Mental Health Conditions

The Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has released new resources on workers’ rights to leave for mental health conditions under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). In a press release, the DOL said it published the new guidance in recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month.

California Considers Higher Wage Rates and Inflation Relief Package

Additional Minimum Wage Increases And Relief Package Are Being Considered to Combat Inflation Struggles California’s minimum wage rate is set to increase to $15 per hour for all workers on Jan. 1, 2023. However, the state is considering additional minimum

Pennsylvania Amends Wage Regulations for Tipped Employees

Starting Aug. 5, Tipped Employees Must Earn At Least $135 Per Month On May 7, 2022, Pennsylvania amended its minimum wage regulations to update the tipped employee exemption and employer requirements for tip pooling. An additional amendment to the state’s

Employee Leave Donated for Ukraine War Relief Won’t Be Taxed

Employee leave donated through employer-based programs toaid victims of the Russian invasion of Ukraine will not be taxed as income ofthe donor employees, according to recent guidance from the IRS. 

Utah Limits Liability for Hiring Employees With Criminal Records

Utah has enacted a law placing limits on employers’liability for hiring employees with criminal backgrounds for certain jobs. Thelaw became effective May 4, 2022; it expires July 1, 2025. 

Oklahoma Enacts Employee Payroll Deposit and Card Laws

Employers May Choose to Pay Employee Wages Through Deposit or Payroll Card (in Some Cases) at Their Discretion On May 5, 2022, Oklahoma adopted senate bill (SB) 1345 to allow employers the option of paying employee wages through payroll cards.

Delaware Passes Paid Family and Medical Leave Law

Delaware has enacted the HealthyDelaware Families Act, requiring job-protected paid family and medicalleave for Delaware employees. The leave is funded by employer and employeecontributions that begin Jan. 1, 2025. Benefits become available Jan. 1, 2026. 

Virginia Aligns Overtime Pay Laws with FLSA

Beginning July 1, Virginia Employers Will Need To Follow FLSA Overtime Pay Requirements And Exemptions On April 11, 2022, Virginia amended its overtime wage laws to follow federal overtime pay provisions set by the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Tennessee Employers to Provide Veterans Day as Nonpaid Holiday

An Exemption Applies for Public Health, Safety or Significant Disruptions On April 20, 2022, Tennessee adopted a new law that requires employers to allow employees who are veterans to have the entirety of Veteran’s Day as a non paid holiday

Alerts for AprilTop Of Page

IRS Releases 2023 Health Savings Account (HSA) Limits

Inflation Adjusted Contribution Limits and HDHP Amounts to Increase  The IRS has announced the 2023 inflation adjusted amounts for health savings accounts (HSAs) as determined under the Internal Revenue Code. Annual Contribution LimitsFor calendar year 2023, the annual

Alabama to Require Family Leave for Adoptive Parents

Alabama has passed the Adoption Promotion Act, requiring employers that providepaid leave for biological parents to offer paid leave to adoptive parents aswell.

Nebraska Simplifies Youth Employment Certificate Process

School Principals To Authorize Youth Employment Certificates On April 20, 2022, Nebraska amended its child labor laws to streamline the process for approving youth employment certificates. The amended provisions become effective on July 19, 2022.  Youth Employment Certificates

Tennessee Amends Work Authorization Verification Requirements

Employers With 35 Or More Employees Will Need To Use E Verify On April 19, 2022, Tennessee adopted House Bill (HB) 1853 and amended some of the state’s requirements for employer use of E Verify (the federal government’s

Tennessee Repeals Subminimum Wage for Employees With Disabilities

Tennessee Employers Should Adjust Their Payroll Processes To Ensure Compliance By July 1 On April 20, 2022, Tennessee repealed the state’s minimum wage exemption for employees with disabilities. As a result, employees with disabilities in Tennessee must receive wages at

Maine Extends Scope of Its Whistleblowers’ Protection Act

Collective Bargaining Agreements May No Longer Shield Employers From Whistleblower Discrimination Claims On April 12, 2022, Maine adopted LD 1889, a bill that extends the scope of the state’s Whistleblowers' Protection Act (the Act) to include employees who work

Massachusetts Orders Treble Damages for Late Wage Payment

The Court's Decision Holds Employers Strictly Liable for Late Payments On April 4, 2022, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (the court) found in Reuter vs. City of Methuen that the Massachusetts Wage Act (MWA) requires employers to promptly pay employee

OSHA’s Proposal to Reconsider and Revoke Arizona’s State Plan

OSHA Believes Arizona Is Unable or Unwilling to Maintain Program As Required On April 20, 2022, OSHA announced its proposal to reconsider and revoke the final approval of Arizona’s State Plan. This comes in response to the decade long pattern

Maine Amends Laws to Include Vacation Pay in Final Wages

New Requirement Becomes Effective Jan. 1, 2023  On April 5, 2022, Maine amended its wage payment laws to clarify how employers should treat unused vacation time upon separation of employment. These amendments will become effective on Jan. 1, 2023. 

New West Virginia Rule Will Apply to Youth Work Permits

Employers Must Initiate Work Permit Process On March 30, 2022, West Virginia adopted a final rule to make employers responsible for ensuring the completion of work permits for employees who are minors between the ages of 14 and 15. The

Tennessee Regulates Insurance Requirements for Gig Economy Drivers

Gig Economy Entities Must Provide Notice of Automobile Insurance Coverage On April 8, 2022, Tennessee adopted a law to regulate insurance requirements for gig or shared economy drivers. The new law became effective on the day it was adopted.

Virginia to Require Employers to Display Seizure First Aid Poster

Employers Will Need To Display the New Poster By July 1 On April 7, 2022, Virginia approved a measure that will require employers with 25 or more employees to display a new required seizure first aid poster in the workplace.

Ohio Amends Overtime Pay Requirements

The Amendment Incorporates Sections Two And Four Of The Federal Portal To Portal Act Into State Law On March 30, 2022, Ohio amended its overtime pay laws by officially incorporating provisions of the federal Portal to Portal Act into state

Kentucky Adopts Law to Regulate PEO Operations Within the State

Affected PEOs That Operate In Kentucky Will Need To Register Within 180 Days On March 29, 2022, Kentucky adopted House Bill (HB) 506 to regulate how professional employer organizations (PEOs) operate in the state. HB 506 sets requirements

Utah Enacts Consumer Privacy Act

The UCPA Creates Consumer Rights Regarding The Collection, Use And Sale Of Certain Personal Data On March 24, 2022, Utah adopted the Utah Consumer Privacy Act (UCPA). The UCPA becomes effective on Dec. 31, 2023. Compliance with the UCPA will

Utah Amends Driver Wireless Communication Device Laws

New Prohibitions Include Taking or Viewing Photographs While Operating a Vehicle in Motion On March 24, 2022, Utah amended provisions of its laws that regulate the use of wireless communication devices while driving. The amendments prohibit using a wireless device

Washington State Passes Amendments to PFML

Washington has amended the state’s paid family and medicalleave (PFML) law. Key changes for employers take effect June 9, 2022.

Utah Relaxes Employment Verification Requirements for Smaller Employers

Employers With Fewer Than 150 Employees Will No Longer Need to Use an Employee Status Verification System On March 24, 2022, Utah amended its employment authorization verification rules to relax requirements for employers with 149 or fewer employees. Beginning May

Maryland Passes Paid Family and Medical Leave Law

On April 9, 2022, the Maryland General Assembly enacted apaid family and medical leave insurance program, overriding GovernorLarry Hogan’s veto of the measure. The program will cover all employers, andworkers who have worked at least 680 hoursduring the previous year will beeligible for PFML. Employer and employee payroll contributions will beginOct.1, 2023, while leave benefits become available in 2025. Employers with fewerthan 15 employees are not required to contribute to the program.

Oregon Sick Leave Allowed for Evacuations, Heat and Air Quality

The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries has issued a final ruleexpanding the permissible uses of employee sick time under state law to includeleave for evacuation orders and dangerous air quality and heat.

West Virginia Amends Payroll Card Requirements

Employers Will No Longer Need Written Agreements for Direct Deposit or Payroll Cards On March 23, 2022, West Virginia amended its wage payment laws and changed several provisions regarding payroll cards. The amendments become effective June 9, 2022. 

House Passes SECURE 2.0 Bill

On March 29, 2022, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Securing a Strong Retirement Act of 2022 with a bipartisan vote of 414-5.

Washington State to Require Paid Sick Leave for Ride-share Drivers

A new Washington state lawconcerning ride-share companies includes a requirement that the companiesprovide paid sick leave beginning Jan. 1, 2023.

Alerts for MarchTop Of Page

HHS Updates Civil Penalties for Certain Group Health Plan Violations

Effective March 17, 2022, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has increased the following key penalties affecting group health plans:

Virginia Repeals State COVID-19 Standard

The State Standard Will Be Replaced With Employer Guidance On March 22, 2022, the Virginia Safety and Health Codes Board (the Board) repealed the state’s permanent COVID 19 standard (the standard). The repeal is effective March 23, 2022. The repeal

New York HERO Act Ends COVID-19 Designation as an Infectious Disease

Employers No Longer Have to Implement Their Safety Plans  On March 17, 2022, the New York State Department of Health (DOH) ended the designation of COVID 19 as an airborne infectious disease that presents a serious risk

OSHA Reopens Rule-making Record for COVID-19 Health Care Rule

OSHA Is Inviting New Data and Comments On The COVID 19 Rule For Health Care Employers On March 22, 2022, OSHA partially reopened the rule making record and scheduled an informal public hearing to seek comments on specific topics that

Washington Strengthens Paycheck Protection Requirements

Employers Will Need to Reimburse Employees For Fees Caused By Dishonored Checks On March 11, 2022, Washington amended its wage payment laws to require employers to reimburse employee fees when a paycheck is dishonored by nonacceptance or nonpayment. The new

Philadelphia Passes New COVID-19 Paid Leave Law

Philadelphia has enacted a new lawthat requires employers to provide paid time off for COVID-19 purposes. Theordinance, which took effect March 9, 2022, applies to employers with at least 25 employees.

DOL Issues Guidance on Unlawful Retaliation Under FMLA and EO 13706

In a March 10, 2022, FieldAssistance Bulletin on protecting workers from retaliation, the U.S.Department of Labor provides examples of prohibited retaliation under theFamily and Medical Leave Act and Executive Order 13706, “EstablishingPaid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors,” among other federal laws and orders enforcedby the Wage and Hour Division (WHD).

Oregon Temporarily Excludes Hiring and Retention Bonuses From Pay Equity Requirement

The Exclusion Allows Employers To Hire or Retain Employees Without Violating Pay Equity Law On March 7, 2022, Oregon adopted a temporary amendment that excludes hiring and retention bonuses from the state’s definition of wages for the purpose of complying

DOL Issues Guidance on 401(k) Plan Investments in “Cryptocurrencies”

On March 10, 2022, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued Compliance Assistance Release No. 2022-01 cautioning plan fiduciaries to exercise extreme care before considering adding a cryptocurrency option to a 401(k) plan’s investment menu for plan participants.

DOL Proposes Updates to Davis-Bacon and Related Acts

The Proposal Seeks To Modernize Wage Determinations and Regulatory Language On March 11, 2022, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced a proposed rule to update certain provisions of the Davis Bacon Act and other related laws that regulate wage

Washington Protects Privacy of Employee Participation in EAPs

Individually Identifiable Information Gathered During EAP Participation Must Be Kept Confidential On March 4, 2022, the state of Washington adopted senate bill (SB) 5564. SB 5564 seeks to encourage employee participation in employee assistance programs (EAPs) by strengthening privacy and

District of Columbia to Increase PFML, Decrease Employer Cost

Starting July 1, 2022, the District of Columbia willincrease the amounts of leave employees are due under the district’s Universal Paid Leave Act, while decreasing the employer payroll tax that fundsthe leave.

OSHA Announces Enforcement Effort for High-hazard Health Care Facilities

Enforcement Effort Will Be Ongoing Until June 9, 2022 On March 7, 2022, OSHA announced an enforcement memorandum for a short term increase in highly focused inspections directed at hospitals and skilled nursing care facilities that treat COVID 19 patients. 

District of Columbia Announces Minimum Wage Increase

New Rates Become Effective On July 1, 2022 The District of Columbia announced a $16.10 per hour minimum wage rate for nonexempt employees. The district’s minimum wage rate is adjusted each summer to reflect changes in the cost of living.

IRS Adds to FAQs on Tax Credits for Employee Leave Under FFCRA and ARPA

On March 3, 2022, the IRS issued four new answers tofrequently asked questions about employee leave taken under the Families FirstCoronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). The newFAQs concern employer and employee reporting of wages paid for leave takenunder the FFCRA and ARPA during different time periods.

IRS Adds to FAQs on Employee Leave Under FFCRA and ARPA

On March 3, 2022, the IRS issued four new answers tofrequently asked questions about employee leave taken under the Families FirstCoronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). The newFAQs concern employer and employee reporting of wages paid for leave takenunder the FFCRA and ARPA during different time periods.

Massachusetts COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave to End March 15

Massachusetts has announced that the state’s COVID-19 emergency paid sick leave program will expire on March 15, 2022. The program, enacted into law in May 2021, requires employers to provide employees with up to 40 hours of paid sick leave for specific COVID-19-related reasons.

CDC Loosens Mask-wearing Guidance for Most of U.S. Population

Wearing a Mask Indoors Is No Longer Recommended For Individuals In Low or Medium Risk Counties Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced updates to its mask wearing recommendations, loosening guidance for a majority of the U.S.

Alerts for FebruaryTop Of Page

FMLA Compliance Under Scrutiny as Part of New DOL Initiative

In its announcement this month of a warehouse and logistics worker initiative, the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor stated the action would include ensuring workers are not prevented from taking time off under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act.

New Jersey Employers to Disclose Employee Monitoring During Travel

Employers Will Need To Provide Written Notice New Jersey has adopted a new law to protect employee privacy in the workplace. Under the new law, employers cannot use tracking or electronic communications devices in a vehicle used by an employee

New York to Require Employee Electronic Monitoring Notification

Employers Will Need to Notify Employees Upon Hiring  On Nov. 2, 2021, the state of New York amended its civil rights laws to require employers not only to disclose electronic monitoring activities to their employees but also

FAQs, Workplace Poster Issued for New California Supplemental Paid Sick Leave

The California Department of Industrial Relations has published answers to frequently asked questions and a poster for employer use in connection with the state’s new COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave law.

California Enacts Supplemental Paid Sick Leave for COVID-19

California has passed a new supplemental paid sick leave law requiring employers with more than 25 employees to provide up to 40 hours of paid leave for specific COVID-19-related reasons, and 40 additional hours if an employee or their family member tests positive for COVID-19.

Washington Cares Fund Implementation Delayed

On Jan. 27, 2022, Gov. Jay Inslee signed legislation reforming key parts of and delaying by 18 months premium assessments for the state-operated public insurance program to pay for long-term care services (called the Washington Cares Fund).

New Model Employer CHIP Notice Issued

The Department of Labor (DOL) has released a new model Employer CHIP Notice with information current as of Jan. 31, 2022.

Reminder: Medicare Part D Disclosures due by March 1, 2022 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

OSHA Withdraws COVID-19 ETS, but Not the Proposed Permanent Rule

Though Withdrawn As An Enforceable Emergency Standard, the OSHA ETS Remains As A Proposed Rule On Jan. 25, 2022, OSHA provided notice that it is withdrawing its COVID 19 vaccination and weekly testing emergency temporary standard (ETS). The withdrawal will

DOL Publishes Guidance on $15 Minimum Wage for Federal Contractor Employees

Federal Contractors Can Use New Guidance To Understand and Implement EO 14026 On Jan. 13, 2022, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published Field Assistance Bulletin (FAB) 2022 1 to help federal contractors understand and implement a $15 minimum wage

Supreme Court Stays OSHA ETS Vaccination and Testing Mandate

Employers Are Not Required to Comply with the Vaccination or Testing Mandate At This Time On Jan. 13, 2022, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) ruled to stay the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) vaccination and testing

Supreme Court Reinstates Vaccine Requirement for Health Care Workers

CMS Likely Will Resume Enforcement of the Emergency Rule  On Jan. 13, 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court dissolved the temporary injunctions blocking enforcement of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) emergency rule requiring COVID 19 vaccination of certain

Agencies Issue Guidance on Coverage of OTC COVID-19 Tests

Coverage of OCT COVID 19 Test To Be Covered Without Health Care Provided Involvement On Jan. 10, 2022, the Depts. of Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Treasury issued FAQ guidance regarding the requirements for group health plans

Alerts for DecemberTop Of Page

CDC Recommends Shorter COVID-19 Isolation and Quarantine

Asymptomatic Individuals Must Now Isolate For Five Days  On Monday, Dec. 27, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reduced its recommended periods for COVID 19 isolation (confirmed COVID 19 infection) and quarantine (potential COVID

New York Adopts Final Regulations for Paid Sick Leave

The New York State Department of Labor has adopted final regulations for the state’s paid sick leave law. The regulations are unchanged from the Dec. 9, 2020, proposed regulations and cover the topics of definitions, documentation, employee count and accruals.

NYC Employers Must Allow Leave for Child COVID-19 Vaccinations

New York City has enacted a law requiring employers to provide paid leave for employees to accompany their children to COVID-19 vaccination appointments and care for them during vaccine recovery.

Supreme Court to Hold Hearings on Federal Vaccine Mandates

OSHA Will Delay Enforcement Until January 10 On Dec. 22, 2021, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it will hear oral arguments regarding whether two federal vaccine requirements can be enforced while legal appeals are in process. On Jan. 7,

Court Reinstates OSHA Vaccination Mandate for Private Employers

The Reinstatement Allows OSHA To Implement And Enforce Compliance With The ETS Nationwide  On Friday Dec. 17, 2021 the 6th Circuit Federal Court of Appeals reinstated the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) federal emergency temporary standard (ETS) for COVID

IRS Announces 2022 Standard Mileage Rates

On Dec. 17, 2021, the IRS issued the 2022 optional standard mileage rates, which are used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes.

Michigan Resumes Scheduled Minimum Wage Increases

New Rate Becomes Effective Jan. 1, 2022 On Dec. 2, 2021, Michigan’s Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) announced the state’s minimum wage rate will increase to $9.87 per hour ($3.75 for tipped employees) on Jan. 1, 2022.

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

Login to HRSPI Client Portal
Forgotten PasswordForgot Password
Executive Search Executive Search

Harrassment Prevention

HRSPI offers comprehensive, interactive, AB 1825 and SB 1343 compliant training. Programs include introduction to recent anti-bullying legislation.

Latest News

News Archives

Latest Blog

Blog Archives