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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.

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 MarchTop Of Page

President Biden Vetoes Challenge to DOL ESG Final Rule

Late last year, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) finalized a rule allowing plan fiduciaries to consider climate change and other environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors when they make investment decisions and exercise shareholder rights.

Philadelphia Issues Regulations for COVID-19 Employee Leave

The Philadelphia Department of Labor has publishedregulations clarifying when different types of employee leave mandated by thecity may be used for COVID-19 purposes. 

Arkansas to Disqualify Unemployment Claimants Who Ghost Employers

Employers Will Be Able To Report Prospective Employees On Feb. 21, 2023, Arkansas adopted the Prohibiting Unemployment Claimants from Ghosting Employers Act of 2023 (PUCGEA). As the name suggests, the purpose of this law is to disqualify individuals from unemployment

Alerts for FebruaryTop Of Page

New York to Reduce Overtime Threshold for Farmers

The Threshold Will Be Reduced to 40 Hours Per Week Over A 10 Year Period On Feb. 22, 2023, the New York State Department of Labor (NYDOL) published amendments to the state’s overtime regulations for farm workers. These amendments incorporate

Supreme Court Reaffirms Qualifications for FLSA Overtime Exemptions

Salary Requirement Is Not Met When Employee Is Paid By the Day   On Feb. 22, 2023, the U.S. Supreme Court held in Helix Energy Solutions Group Inc. v. Hewitt (Helix) that employees must be compensated on a

San Francisco Publishes FAQs for Paid Military Leave

San Francisco’s Office of Labor Standards Enforcement hasissued answers to frequently asked questions about its new PrivateSector Military Leave Pay Protection Act, which took effect Feb. 19,2023. 

Illinois Supreme Court Rules BIPA Claims Accrue With Each Violation

While Claims Arise With Each Violation Damages are Discretionary On Feb. 17, 2023, the Illinois Supreme Court found that claims under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) accrue at each alleged violation, not just at the first unlawful scan

9th Circuit: Employers May Have to Pay Workers for Short-term Military Leaves

Employees who take short-term military leaves may be entitled to compensation from their employers during those leaves, according to a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.

Louisiana Adopts Employee Reclassification Immunity Final Rule

The Initiative Allows Employers To Reclassify Misclassified Employees Without Liability For Prior Periods On Jan. 20, 2023, the Louisiana Department of Revenue (LDR)  published a  final rule to implement the state’s Fresh Start Proper Worker Classification Initiative (the Initiative). According

New Jersey Strengthens Protections for Temporary Workers

Temporary Help Service Firms Will Need To Provide Temporary Written Assignment Descriptions On Feb. 6, 2023, New Jersey adopted Assembly Bill (AB) 1474 to provide certain protections and rights to temporary workers within the state. Although most provisions of this

St. Paul Enacts Changes to Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

St.Paul, Minnesota has amended its Earned Sick and Safe Time Ordinance toclarify that employee leave accrues regardless of the employer’s location, accruesonly for hours worked in St. Paul, and may be used only for hours scheduled tobe worked in St. Paul.

DOL Outlines Rest Period Protections for Remote Workers and Employees Who Are Nursing

Bulletin Asserts That FLSA Principles Apply Regardless of Where Employees Are Located On Feb. 9, 2023, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued Field Assistance Bulletin (FAB) No. 2023 1, “Telework Under the Fair Labor Standards Act and Family and

DOL Issues Guidance on Telework and FMLA Eligibility

The U.S. Department of Labor has published a Field Assistance Bulletin that includes guidance on how to apply eligibility rules under the Family and Medical Leave Act when employees telework or work away from an employer’s facility. 

DOL Releases Audit Results of ERISA Enforcement During 2022

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has released the results of its Employee Benefits Security Administration’s (EBSA) enforcement actions during fiscal year (FY) 2022.

Reminder: Medicare Part D Disclosures due by March 1, 2023 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.

New York Warehouse Worker Protections Become Effective Feb. 19, 2023

Affected Employers Must Provide Employees Written Quota Descriptions  New York adopted the Warehouse Worker Protection Act (WWPA) on Dec. 21, 2022. The WWPA requires employers to provide a written description of quotas to which employees are subject and states that

New Jersey Mass Layoff Amendments Become Effective April 10, 2023

The 2020 Implementation Was Delayed Because Of The COVID 19 Pandemic On Jan. 10, 2023, New Jersey authorized April 10, 2023, as the effective date for amendments to its mass layoff law, also known as the Millville Dallas Airmotive Plant

New York Protects Immunization Privacy and Allows Immunity Passports

The Amendments Do Not Require Passport Information Verification On Dec. 30, 2022, New York amended its law to require government agencies to protect patient vaccine information from disclosure. The amendments also require certain entities to allow the use of physical

DOL Issues New Model CHIP Notice

The Department of Labor (DOL) has released a new model Employer CHIP Notice with information current as of Jan. 31, 2023.

Alerts for JanuaryTop Of Page

Michigan Appeals Court Reverses Paid Sick Leave Expansion

TheMichigan Court of Appeals has reversed a lower court opinion that would haveexpanded employee paid sick leave under state law. 

DHS Announces Protections for Foreign Workers Who Report Labor Violations

Deferred Action Protections Became Effective On The Date They Were Announced On Jan. 13, 2023, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that foreign workers can now access a “streamlined and expedited” deferred action request process if they have

San Francisco Passes Paid Military Leave Ordinance

SanFrancisco Mayor London Breed has signed into law an ordinance requiringemployers to pay employees on leave for military reserve or National Guard dutythe difference between their regular salary and their military pay.

Illinois Passes Paid Leave for All Workers Act

TheIllinois legislature has passed the Paid Leave for All Workers Act,which requires employers to provide most employees with at least five days ofpaid leave per year for any reason. Gov. J.B. Pritzker is expected to sign themeasure.

New York Employers Must Provide Digital Versions of Required Workplace Posters

Requirement Applies to Federal and State Posters On Dec. 16, 2022, New York amended its workplace notification laws to require employers to make copies of certain documents that are physically posted in the workplace available to employees electronically through the

IRS Proposes Use of Electronic Media to Make Certain Spousal Consents

The Treasury Department and the IRS have proposed a rule that would modify existing participant election rules in two significant ways:

FTC Announces Proposed Rule Banning Noncompete Agreements

The Proposal Was Created In Response To A 2021 Presidential Executive Order On Jan. 5, 2023, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced a proposed rule that would prohibit employers from imposing or enforcing noncompete clauses on workers. The proposed rule

Alerts for DecemberTop Of Page

IRS Announces 2023 Standard Mileage Rates

On Dec. 29, 2022, the IRSannounced the 2023 optional standard mileage rates, which are used to calculatethe deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable,medical or moving purposes. 

Congress Passes 'SECURE 2.0' Bill

On Dec. 23, 2022, Congress passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023, an omnibus bill that includes the “SECURE 2.0” legislation, referred to as such because it builds on the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act of 2019.

New Hampshire Issues Regulations for PFML Insurance Program

NewHampshire has published regulations for its new voluntary paid family andmedical leave (PFML) insurance program.

Vermont Announces Voluntary PFML Insurance Program

Vermont will begin rolling out a voluntary paid family and medical insurance program for workers in the state, with phased-in coverage becoming available to different groups of employers and workers in 2023, 2024, and 2025.

New York Prohibits Retaliation for Lawful Absences From Work

NewYork has amended the state labor law to clarify that employers may not disciplineworkers for taking a legally protected absence from work

Maine Publishes 2023 Minimum Wage Rate

The State's Minimum Wage Rate Affects Overtime Salary Exemption Thresholds Maine’s minimum wage rate will increase from $12.75 to $13.80 per hour for nonexempt employees on Jan. 1, 2023. State law requires that the minimum wage rate be adjusted every

Alerts for NovemberTop Of Page

Colorado Expands Public Health Emergency Leave for RSV and Flu

Effective Nov. 11, 2022, Colorado employers must provide public health emergency leave (PHEL) for health needs related to flu, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), and other respiratory illnesses in addition to COVID-19.

Illinois Voters Approve Worker Rights Amendment

Amendment Allows Employees To Negotiate Wages, Working Conditions And To Protect Economic Welfare and Safety On Nov. 8, 2022, Illinois voters approved constitutional amendment (CA) 1 that guarantees workers a broad right to collective bargaining. The amendment will become effective

Required 2023 Massachusetts PFML Notices Are Now Available

The Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave (PFML) has published required 2023 workplace posters, employee notices and rate sheets for the program.

Final Rule on Fiduciaries Considering ESG Factors in Plan Management

DOL Fact Sheet Available On Nov. 22, 2022, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) finalized a rule allowing plan fiduciaries to consider climate change and other environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors when they make investment decisions and exercise shareholder

Cafeteria Plan Deadline for CAA Amendments is Dec. 31, 2022

Employers that implemented the optional, temporary relief for cafeteria plans provided under the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (CAA) and IRS guidance must adopt plan amendments by Dec. 31, 2022.

New York Adopts New Veteran Benefits Poster Requirement

Employers Should Monitor NYDOL Communications to Learn When The New Poster Is Published On Nov. 10, 2022, the state of New York adopted a new law that will require employers to display a veteran benefits poster where other required workplace

Vermont Announces $13.18 Per Hour Minimum Wage Rate

The State's Minimum Wage Rate Is Adjusted Annually On Nov. 15, 2022, the Vermont Department of Labor (VDOL) announced the state’s minimum wage rate will increase from $12.55 to $13.18 per hour on Jan. 1, 2023.  State Minimum

Nevada Voters Approve State Minimum Wage Amendment

The New Rate Will Apply to All Employees Regardless of Health Benefits On Nov. 8, 2022, voters in Nevada approved an amendment to the state constitution that sets the state’s minimum wage rate to $12 per hour starting on July

District of Columbia Voters Repeal Tipped Employee Minimum Wage

The Tipped Wage Will Increase Gradually Until It Matches The District's Minimum Wage On Nov. 8, 2022, voters in the District of Columbia approved Initiative 82, a ballot measure that repeals the tipped employee minimum wage. As a result, the

Required Colorado Paid Family and Medical Leave Notice Now Available

The Colorado Family and Medical Leave Insurance program has published a notice employers must use to satisfy their postingrequirements under the law. 

Required Colorado Paid Family and Medical Leave Notice Released

The Colorado Family and Medical Leave Insurance program has published a notice employers must use to satisfy their postingrequirements under the law. 

Colorado Issues Private Plan Rules for Paid Family and Medical Leave

 On Nov. 1, 2022, the Colorado Family and Medical LeaveInsurance (FAMLI) program finalized regulations for private plans. 

Nebraska Voters Approve State Minimum Wage Increase

The State Wage Rage Will Increase to $15 Per Hour By 2026 According to official state election results, on Nov. 8, 2022, voters in Nebraska approved Initiative 433. As a result, the minimum wage in Nebraska will gradually increase until

California Announces 2023 Salary Level for Computer Software Employee Exemption

Salary Levels Are Adjusted Annually to Reflect the Cost of Inflation California’s Department of Industrial Relations (DILR) has announced that the salary level for the computer software employee exemption will increase to $53.80 per hour on Jan. 1,

New Jersey Lowers Disability and Family Leave Contribution Rates for 2023

New Jersey has lowered its temporary disability and familyleave insurance contribution rates for 2023, according to the state’sDepartment of Labor and Workforce Development. 

Connecticut Expands Employee Leave for Domestic Violence

Connecticut has amended its nondiscrimination laws to expand employees’ entitlement to take leave from work as a result of domestic violence.

Alerts for OctoberTop Of Page

Court of Appeals Allows Overtime for Booting Up Computers

This Decision Is Now Binding Precedent In The 9th Circuit  On Oct. 24, 2022, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals held that call center workers can seek overtime compensation under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) for the time

EEOC Issues FAQs on New “Know Your Rights” Workplace Poster

New Poster Was Revised and Reissued Oct. 20, 2022 On Oct. 25, 2022, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued FAQs about a new poster it initially issued on Oct. 19, 2022, and then revised on Oct. 20, 2022.

Alaska Announces $10.85 Minimum Wage for 2023

The State Minimum Wage Rate Is Adjusted Annually To Reflect The Cost of Inflation On Oct. 20, 2022, the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development (DLWD) announced the state’s minimum wage rate will increase from $10.34 to $10.85 per

IRS Releases 2023 Retirement Contribution Limits

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has released Notice 2022-55, containing cost-of-living adjustments for 2023 that affect amounts employees can contribute to 401(k) plans and individual retirement accounts (IRAs).

Washington, D.C., Issues Updated PFML Notice

The District of Columbia has updated the model noticeemployers are required to use under the Universal Paid Leave Act. 

Washington and Oregon Issue Joint Guidance on PFML Programs

Washingtonstate and Oregon will primarily consider the place where work was performed indetermining which state’s paid family and medical leave (PFML) program appliesto an employee, according to a joint letter issued this month by the OregonEmployment Department and the Washington Employment Security Department.

Model Notice for Oregon PFML Now Available

The Oregon Employment Department has issued a model noticeemployers may use to meet their employee notification obligations under thestate’s paid family and medical leave program. These obligations takeeffect Jan. 1, 2023.  

EEOC Updates Workplace Poster

New Poster Clarifies Employee Rights and Protections On Oct. 19, 2022, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a new poster titled “Know Your Rights,” which updates and replaces the previous “EEO is the Law” poster. Under

Qualified Transportation Fringe Benefit Limits to Increase in 2023

The IRS has released Revenue Procedure 2022-38, which includes cost-of-living adjustments for employee qualified transportation fringe benefits for the 2023 taxable year, along with annually adjusted numbers for 2023 for other tax provisions. 

Delaware Adopts Wage Theft Law

New Law Also Defines Independent Contractor Status  On Oct. 11, 2022, Delaware adopted Senate Bill (SB) 35 to define wage theft in the state and provide specific enforcement penalties. The Delaware Legislature stated that SB 35 will curtail “under the

Federal Court of Appeals Finds DACA Policy Unlawful

The Case Has Been Remanded To A Lower Court To Evaluate Validity of 2022 Final Rule On Oct. 5, 2022 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit upheld the 2021 Southern District of Texas court decision, declaring that the

DHS Extends Form I-9 Flexibilities Until July 31, 2023

The Extension Will Help Compliance When COVID 19 Precautions Are Still Necessary On Oct. 11, 2022, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced it is extending  updated flexibilities for Form I 9 due to the continued safety precautions related

IRS Expands Section 125 Mid-year Election Change Rules

On Oct. 11, 2022, the IRS released Notice 2022-41, expanding the situations in which individuals can change their health coverage elections mid-year under a Section 125 cafeteria plan.

Employers to Continue Using Current Form I-9 Until Further Notice

The Current Form Is Set To Expire October 31 On Oct. 11, 2022, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published instructions for employers to continue using the Employment Eligibility Verification form (Form I 9) when hiring new employees until

California to Increase PFL and Disability Pay Beginning in 2025

California has extended its current rates of state disability insurance and paid family leave compensation through Dec. 31, 2024, and instituted an increase to take effect after that date.

DOL Proposes New Independent Contractor Classification Rule

Employers To Consider Totality Of Circumstances In Classification Efforts On Oct. 11, 2022, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced a proposed rule to rescind and replace its 2021 independent contractor classification rule under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Colorado SecureSavings Expected to Launch in Early 2023

Colorado’s new state-sponsored retirement savings program—called Colorado SecureSavings—is expected to open in early 2023.

State of Washington Announces $15.74 Minimum Wage Rate for 2023

The New Rates Become Effective on Jan. 1, 2023 Washington state announced its minimum wage rate will increase from $14.49 to $15.74 per hour on Jan. 1, 2023. Employers may continue to pay employees who are 14 or 15 years

DOL Announces Amendments to H-2A Visa Program

The Rule Strengthens Employee Protections and Updates Employer Participation Process  On Oct. 6, 2022, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced the publication of the Temporary Agricultural Employment of H 2A Nonimmigrants in the United States final rule. The DOL

California Mandated Bereavement Leave Takes Effect Jan. 1, 2023

On Sept. 29, 2022, AB-1949 was signed into law, amending the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) to provide eligible employees with up to five days of bereavement leave upon the death of a family member.

Ohio Announces $10.10 Minimum Wage for 2023

The New Rate Applies to Employers That Gross At Least $371,000 Ohio’s Department of Commerce announced the state minimum wage rate will increase from $9.30 to $10.10 per hour on Jan. 1, 2023, for nonexempt employees. The 2023

DOL Announces 2023 Minimum Wage Rates for Federal Contractor Employees

Rates Will Increase Under Executive Orders 13658 and 14026 On Sept. 30, 2022, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published notices to inform federal contractors of higher minimum wage rates for 2023. One notice applies to federal contractors subject to

Montana Announces 2023 State Minimum Wage Rate

The State Minimum Wage Rate Will Increase To $9.95 Per Hour On Jan. 1, 2023 Montana announced that the state minimum wage rate will increase from $9.20 to $9.95 per hour on Jan. 1, 2023, for nonexempt employees. State law

South Dakota Announces 2023 State Minimum Wage Rate

The State Minimum Wage Rate Will Increase To $10.80 Per Hour On Jan. 1, 2023  South Dakota announced the state minimum wage rate will increase from $9.95 to $10.80 per hour on Jan. 1, 2023, for nonexempt

Massachusetts Announces PFML Rates for 2023

The Massachusetts Department of Paid Family and MedicalLeave has published the PFML contribution and maximum benefit rates for2023. 

California Employee Leave to Cover Care for a ‘Designated Person’

CaliforniaGov. Gavin Newsom has signed into law a bill expanding the California FamilyRights Act and the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act tocover employee leave to care for a “designated person.”

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

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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

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