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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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Alerts for AprilTop Of Page

Colorado Adopts Final Rules to Implement the State’s Privacy Act

The CPA Imposes Requirements On Organizations That Conduct Business In Colorado  On March 15, 2023, Colorado adopted final rules to implement the Colorado Privacy Act (CPA), which protects the personal data of Colorado residents. While the CPA does not cover

Alerts for MarchTop Of Page

Idaho Extends Unemployment Benefits to Military Spouses and Domestic Violence Victims

The Amendments Provide Some Flexibility To The General Eligibility Criteria On March 21, 2023, Idaho amended personal eligibility requirements for unemployment compensation to extend benefits to military spouses who relocate due to station orders and victims of domestic violence. The

Virginia Prohibits Using Social Security Numbers on Employee Badges

Employers Cannot Use Social Security Numbers As Employee Identification Numbers or Include Them on Identification Cards On March 21, 2023, Virginia adopted a new law that strengthens personal information protection by prohibiting employers from using Social Security numbers (or any

Arizona Amends Rules for Earned Paid Sick Time

TheIndustrial Commission of Arizona has amended the regulations for the stateearned paid sick time law to eliminate one of the law’s recordkeepingrequirements.

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

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