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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 Bidens COVID 19 vaccine mandate for
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 Colorados 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.
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.
NY to Expand Paid Family Leave to Cover Siblings
On Nov. 1, 2021, New York state amended the definition of family member in the states paid family leave law to include siblings, effective Jan. 1, 2023.
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).
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
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
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 states 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 states minimum wage rate to employees who are mentally or physically
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 Californias 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 Washingtons 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 Californias 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, Ohios 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.
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
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 states minimum wage
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 states 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
Maine Announces 2022 Minimum Wage Rate
State Minimum Wage Rate Affects the Service Rate and the Overtime Exemption Threshold On Sept. 23, 2021, Maine announced the state minimum wage rate will increase by 50 cents to $12.75 per hour for nonexempt employees. State law requires that
New York Announces Paid Family Leave Rates for 2022
New York states Department of Financial Services has released the 2022 paid family leave employee contribution rate for 2022. In addition, the 2022 maximum benefit amount is now available.
DOL Announces Final Rule on Tip Regulations
The New Rule Becomes Effective Nov. 23, 2021 On Sept. 23, the U.S. Department of Labor announced a final rule that will amend Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulations for tipped employees. The final rule is scheduled for publication in
Arizona Announces $12.80 Minimum Wage Rate for 2022
New Rates Become Effective On Jan. 1, 2022 Arizona has announced a $12.80 minimum wage rate for 2022. Arizonas minimum wage rate is adjusted annually to reflect changes in the cost of living. The new rate becomes effective on Jan.
DOL Extends Rescission Date for Joint Employer Rule to Oct. 5, 2021
On Oct. 5, 2021 The 2020 Joint Employer Rule Will Be Removed In Its Entirety On July 29, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced that it is rescinding its 2020 Joint Employer Determination Rule (the Rule), effective Sept.
DOL Announces $11.25 Minimum Wage Rate for Federal Contractors
New Rates Will Apply To Federal Contractors on Jan. 1 and Jan. 30, 2022 On Sept. 15, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced a minimum wage rate of $11.25 per hour for federal contractors. Similarly, the minimum wage
OSHA to Mandate Vaccine and Testing Temporary Standard for COVID-19
New Requirements May Affect Employers With 100 Or More Employees On Sept. 9, 2021, President Biden announced that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is developing an emergency temporary standard (ETS). The new ETS will require private sector employers
Changes Proposed to Form 5500 to Implement SECURE Act Rules
On Sept. 14, 2021, federal agencies announced proposed revisions to the Form 5500 Annual Return/Report. These changes are designed primarily to implement the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019 (SECURE Act) and to make other improvements.
Illinois Domestic Violence Leave to Cover All Victims of Violence
Illinois has amended the state Victims' Economic Security and Safety Act to provide victims of violent crime the same employee rights to unpaid leave the Act provides to victims of domestic, sexual and gender violence.
IRS Issues Guidance for Reporting 2021 FFCRA Leave Wages
IRS Notice 2021-53, issued Sept. 7, 2021, provides guidance for employers on how to report qualified sick and family leave wages for employee leave taken in 2021 under the Families First Coronavirus Relief Act (FFCRA), as amended by the COVID-Related Tax Relief Act of 2020 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.
Reminder: Medicare Part D Notices Are Due Before Oct. 15, 2021
Employers who sponsor group health plans that offer prescription drug coverage to Medicare-eligible individuals must provide a Medicare Part D Creditable or Non-Creditable Coverage Notice to those individuals before October 15.
Nevada Requires Employers to Display New Poster by Oct. 1, 2021
The New Poster Provides Employees With Notice of State Job Training and Employment Programs Nevada has amended its unemployment laws to require employers to display and maintain a new poster published by the states Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation
Minnesota Announces $10.33 per Hour Minimum Wage Rate
New Rates Become Effective Throughout the State Become Jan. 1, 2022 On Aug. 19, 2021, Minnesotas Department of Labor and Industry announced the minimum wage rate in the state will increase for 2022. Starting on Jan. 1, 2022, large employers
COBRA Subsidy Expiration Notice Due by Sept. 15 (Sooner for Some)
The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) provides COBRA premium assistance to eligible individuals and imposes notice requirements on health plans, including a requirement to notify eligible individuals about when their premium assistance ends.
Pittsburgh Passes New COVID-19 Paid Employee Leave Requirement
Pittsburgh has enacted a new ordinance requiring paid employee leave for COVID-19-related reasons. The citys previous COVID-19 paid leave law expired in June after the states disaster emergency ended.
Pennsylvania Supreme Court Rules Time Spent on Mandatory Security Screenings Is Compensable
The Court Reminded Employers That States Law Can Impose Higher Protections for Employees On July 21, 2021, Pennsylvanias Supreme Court ruled in In re Amazon.com, Inc., that time spent on an employers premises waiting to undergo, and undergoing, mandatory security
North Carolina Amends Wage Payment Requirements
The Amendtments Affect Onboarding and Offboarding Employer Practices On July 8, 2021, North Carolina amended its labor laws to strengthen wage payment requirements. Specifically, the amendments affect the last wage payment upon separation of employment and employee wage notification requirements.
New Hampshire Adopts New Tipped Employee Wage Rate
The Base Rate For Tipped Employees Is No Longer Proportional to the State's Minimum Wage Rate On July 23, 2021, New Hampshire adopted a new base rate for tipped employees of $3.27 per hour. This new tipped employee base rate
DOL Rescinds 2020 Rule on FLSA Joint Employer Determinations
On July 29, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced that it is rescinding its 2020 Joint Employer Determination Rule (the 2020 Rule), effective Sept. 28, 2021. The DOL had previously proposed rescinding the rule in March 2021. 
Oregon Delays Implementation of Paid Family and Medical Leave
The Oregon legislature has delayed the rollout of the states paid family and medical leave (PFML) program, originally scheduled for 2022.
Oregon Allows Sick Leave for Heat, Air Quality and Evacuations
The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries issued a temporary rule expanding the permissible uses of employee sick time under state law, stating that it was responding to recent wildfires, evacuation orders, dangerous air quality conditions and a deadly heat event in the state.
IRS: FFCRA Leave Credits Apply for COVID-19 Immunization of Others
The IRS has updated its frequently asked questions on employer tax credits for providing employee leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (as amended and extended by the American Recovery Plan Act).
IRS Updates Form 941, Employers Quarterly Federal Tax Return
The IRS has released the latest version of its Form 941, Employers Quarterly Tax Return, which must be filed each quarter by employers to report income taxes, Social Security tax or Medicare tax withheld from employees paychecks, and to pay the employers portion of Social Security or Medicare tax.
Maine Amends Direct Deposit and Service Employee Laws
Changes Become Effective Oct. 18, 2021 and Jan. 1, 2022 In June 2021, Maine adopted one law that prohibits charging employees direct deposit fees and another that sets new qualifications for the service (or tipped) employee minimum wage exemption.
DOL Updates Model Employer CHIP Notice
The Department of Labor (DOL) has released a new model Employer CHIP Notice with information current as of July 31, 2020.
Delaware Increases Minimum Wage Rate to $15 Per Hour
The State Minimum Wage Rate Will Increase Incrementally Over the Next Five Years Delaware has amended its minimum wage law to increase the states minimum wage rate to $15 per hour. The increase will be incremental over the next four
Additional IRS Q&As on American Rescue Plans COBRA Subsidy
On July 26, 2021, the IRS issued Notice 2021-46, providing additional guidance on the application of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) subsidy for continuation health coverage under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (COBRA) in the form of 11 questions and answers.
Domestic Violence Leave for Missouri Workers Enacted
A new statute requires Missouri employers with at least 20 employees to provide unpaid leave when workers or their family members are domestic violence victims. The mandate takes effect August 28, 2021.
Hawaii Prohibits Requiring Employees to Download COVID-19 Tracing Apps
The Prohibition Applies To Current And Prospective Employees When The Download Is Intended As A Condition Of Employment On July 7, 2021, Hawaii adopted a law that prohibits employers from requiring their employees and applicants to download
DOL Proposes Rule to Increase Wages for Federal Contractors
This DOL proposed Rule Was Issued To Implement The April 27, 2021 Executive Order On July 21, 2021, The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced a proposed rule that would increase the minimum wage rate for federal contractor employees to
California Supreme Court Rules Noncompliant Rest Periods Must Be Paid at Regular Rate of Pay
The Court's Holding Applies Retroactively  On July 15, 2021, the California Supreme Court ruled in Ferra v. Loews Hollywood Hotel, LLC that employers must use the regular rate of pay rather than the hourly wage rate when paying employees for
California Will Allow Electronic Distribution of Workplace Notices
Employers Must Also Continue to Physically Display These Electronic Notices On July 16, 2021, California amended its Labor Code to allow employers to distribute certain workplace notices and posters electronically in addition to displaying the postings required by law. The
Colorado Repeals Subminimum Wages for Workers with Disabilities
Lower Wages Were Repealed To Encourage Competitive Integrated Employment On June 29, 2021, Colorado repealed a law that permitted employers to pay subminimum wage rates to employees with a disability. This amendment states that the legislature is repealing these provisions
Hawaii Repeals Subminimum Wage Rate for Disabled Workers
The Amendment Was Necessary Because the Law No Longer Met Its Objective On June 16, 2021, Hawaii repealed the ability of employers in the state to pay lower wage rates to employees with disabilities. As a result, employers in Hawaii
Rhode Island Increases Temporary Caregiver Benefits
Rhode Island has expanded its temporary caregiver insurance (TCI) benefits to cover five weeks annually starting Jan. 1, 2022, and six weeks annually beginning Jan. 1, 2023.
Recalling Service Workers Laid Off Due to COVID-19 in Connecticut
Employers in Certain Industries Must Rehire Laid Off Workers Instead of Hiring New Ones When Job Opportunities Arise On July 13, 2021, Connecticut adopted a law that requires employers in the hotel, food service and building service industries to recall
New Jersey Temporarily Expands Summer Working Hours for Minors
Extended Hours For Minors Will Expire By Labor Day On July 1, 2021, New Jersey temporarily expanded summer working hours for minors between 16 and 18 years of age. The expansion allows these minors to work up to 50 hours
Pennsylvania Repeals Salary Increase for Overtime Exemptions
Pennsylvania's Overtime Salary Threshold for Executive, Administrative and Professional Employees Will Remain the Same As the Federal Level On July 9, 2021, the Pennsylvania General Assembly repealed an overtime rule that would have increased the minimum salary threshold for exempt
President Biden Issues Executive Order to Promote Competition in the American Economy
On July 9, 2021, President Joe Biden issued an executive order to promote competition in the American economy. As stated by the accompanying fact sheet, the orders objectives include reducing the trend of corporate consolidation, increasing competition and delivering concrete
Chicago Paid Sick Leave Expanded
The Chicago City Council has amended the citys paid sick leave ordinance effective Aug. 1, 2021, to allow employees to take the leave for additional reasons. The changes also add penalties for noncompliance and expand the laws notice requirement.
New Hampshire Passes Paid Family Medical Leave
New Hampshire has enacted a paid family medical leave insurance program, called the Granite State Paid Family Leave Plan. The measure passed as part of the state budget, with the mandate that coverage be available for purchase by Jan. 1, 2023.
EEOC Extends EEO-1 Deadline for 2019 and 2020 Data Submissions
The New Deadline Gives Employers Another MonthUntil August 23 To Complete Their Reports   Employers now have some extra time to submit equal employment opportunity (EEO 1) workforce data from 2019 and 2020, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced
Recalling Nevada Hospitality and Travel Employees Affected by COVID-19
The Act Requires Covered Employers to Recall Laid off Employees Rather Than Searching For New Ones When Job Opportunities Arise On June 8, 2021, Nevada enacted the Nevada Hospitality and Travel Workers Right to Return Act (the Act)
Connecticut Passes Unpaid Voting Leave Requirement
Effective immediately, Connecticut employers must provide employees with two hours of unpaid leave to vote. The voting leave entitlement remains in effect through June 30, 2024.
IRS Extends Deadline for COVID-19 Employee Leave Donations
The U.S. Treasury Department and the IRS have extended the deadline for tax-free donations to COVID-19 victims under employer-sponsored leave-based donation programs. Notice 2021-42 allows tax-favored treatment for payments made by Jan. 1, 2022.
Los Angeles Employers Must Provide Leave for COVID Vaccine
Los Angeles employers are now required to allow paid leave for obtaining and recovering from the COVID-19 vaccine, per June 24, 2021, orders by Mayor Eric Garcetti. The mandate applies retroactively to Jan. 1, 2021.
Oregon Family Leave Broadened for Public Health Emergencies
Oregon has amended its Family Leave Act to expand coverage during public health emergencies. The new provisions take effect Jan. 1, 2022.
DOL Proposes Rule To Clarify When Tip Wages Apply
The Proposal Clarifies That Employers Can Claim The Tip Credit Only for Employees Who Perform Tip Producing Work On June 21, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced a proposed rule to clarify when employers can claim a tip
Nevada Passes Employee Leave Laws for COVID-19 Vaccination and Kin Care
Nevada has enacted bills requiring paid employee leave for COVID-19 vaccination and specifying that employers providing paid sick leave must allow the leave to be used to care for family members. In addition, the Nevada paid leave law was amended to clarify that it covers leave used for family and medical purposes.
IRS Releases FAQs on ARP Tax Credits for Paid Sick and Family Leave
On June 11, 2021, the IRS released new FAQs about tax credits for eligible employers who voluntarily provide paid employee leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.
OSHA Issues COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard for Health Care
Some Exceptions Apply to Fully Vaccinated Workers On June 10, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced its COVID 19 Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS). The ETS was developed to protect health care and health care support service workers
OSHA Updates Guidance for Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace
The New Guidance Focuses on Protections for Unvaccindated and At Risk Employees On June 10, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) updated its guidance on mitigating and preventing the spread of COVID 19 in the workplace. The guidance
New York Workers May Use Sick Leave for Recovery from COVID-19 Vaccine
The New York State Department of Labor has issued guidance clarifying that leave under the states paid sick leave law may be used by workers to recover from side effects of the COVID-19 vaccination.
Massachusetts Passes COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave Law
Effective June 7, 2021, Massachusetts employers must provide COVID-19 paid sick leave for employees (or their family members) specified coronavirus-related exposure, diagnosis, illness, treatment, isolation or quarantine; and employees COVID-19 vaccination and recovery from vaccination. Leave is also required when employees COVID-19 symptoms inhibit teleworking.
Rhode Island To Increase Minimum Wage Rate to $15 by 2025
The State Minimum Wage Rate will Increase Gradually Over the Next 4 Years Rhode Island has amended its minimum wage law to raise the states minimum wage rate to $15 per hour by Jan. 1, 2025. The current minimum wage
LA County Requires Paid Employee Leave for COVID-19 Vaccine
On May 18, 2021, Los Angeles County passed an urgency ordinance requiring all private employers to provide paid leave for COVID-19 vaccination for employees in unincorporated parts of the county. The ordinance became effective immediately and is retroactive to Jan. 1, 2021.
District of Columbia Requires Employers to Adopt Workplace COVID-19 Safety Policies
This New Act Went Into Effect Is Set to Expire on Oct. 28, 2021 The District of Columbia (the District) has passed the Workplace Safety During the COVID 19 Pandemic Temporary Amendment Act of 2021 (Act). This Act now requires,
Pennsylvania Employers Must Provide Leave to Organ Donors
Effective June 26, 2021, Pennsylvania employees eligible for federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave must be granted leave to prepare for and recover from organ and tissue donation surgery.
District Extends Protections for Workers Displaced by COVID-19
Through an emergency measure, the District of Columbia has extended the protections created by its Displaced Workers Right to Reinstatement and Retention Emergency Amendment Act (the Act). The Act directs affected employers to give preference to retrain or reinstate employees
IRS Issues Guidance on American Rescue Plans COBRA Subsidy
On May 18, 2021, the IRS issued Notice 2021-31, a guidance document on the American Rescue Plan Act subsidy for continuation health coverage under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985.
IRS Releases 2022 Health Savings Account (HSA) Limits
Inflation Adjusted Contribution Limits and HDHP Amounts to Increase The IRS has announced the 2022 inflation adjusted amounts for health savings accounts (HSAs) as determined under the Internal Revenue Code. Annual Contribution Limits For calendar year
IRS Issues Guidance on Taxability of DCAP Benefits for 2021, 2022
On May 10, 2021, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released guidance on the taxability of dependent care assistance programs (DCAPs) for 2021 and 2022, clarifying that amounts attributable to previously issued carryover and extended grace period relief generally are not taxable.
District of Columbia Announces 2021 Minimum Wage Rate
The Districts Minimum Wage Rate Is Adjusted Annually to Reflect Cost of Living Increases The District of Columbias Office of Wage and Hour has announced that beginning July 1, 2021, the districts minimum wage rate will increase from $15 to
Illinois Expands Sick Leave Act for Personal Care of Family Members
Effective April 27, 2021, Illinois has amended the state's Employee Sick Leave Act to allow workers to use their sick leave for a family members personal care.
Court of Appeals Reverses AB 5 Injunction for Trucking Industry
Adequate Worker Classification Is Crucial in Determining Eligibility for Employee Benefits and Protections On Apr. 28, 2021, the 9th Circuit Federal Court of Appeals (the Court) held that Californias employee classification law known as AB 5 is not preempted by
DOL Withdraws Independent Contractor Final Rule
The Final Rule Will Be Officially Withdrawn After Its Publication in the Federal Register On May 5, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced it will officially withdraw the Independent Contractor final rule. The withdrawal will be effective on
President Biden Orders $15 Minimum Wage for Federal Contractor Employees
The New Rate Becomes Mandatory on Jan. 30, 2022, and Will Be Adjusted Annually by the U.S. Department of Labor On April 27, 2021, President Joe Biden issued an executive order requiring federal contractors to pay their employees a $15
Washington State Temporarily Expands PFML With COVID-19 Grants
Washington state has created a temporary grant program to provide paid family and medical leave to individuals who, due to COVID-19, are unable to meet the hours-worked requirement for the benefit.
DOL Delays Portions of the 2020 Employee Tip Final Rule to Dec. 31, 2021
Provisions Not Affected by the Delay Take Effect April 30 On Dec. 30, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published a final rule to amend employee tip regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).  On Apr.
California Adopts Rules for Rehiring Workers Displaced by COVID-19
The New Preferential System Will Remain in Place Until Dec. 31, 2024 As of Apr. 16, 2021, certain employers are required to give preference to rehiring and retaining employees displaced by COVID 19 when filling new positions. This new law
Chicago Requires Time Off for COVID-19 Vaccinations
As of April 21, 2021, a new Chicago ordinance requires employers in the city to give employees time off work to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
EEOC Opens EEO-1 Reporting Portal for 2019 and 2020 Data
The portal for private-sector employers to submit equal employment opportunity (EEO-1) workforce data from 2019 and 2020 is now open, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced April 26, 2021.
Maryland Passes Public Health Emergency and Bereavement Leave Laws
The Maryland legislature passed a number of new bills affecting employers, including those addressing bereavement leave and protections for essential workers in a catastrophic public health emergency. These bills are expected to be signed into law shortly. 
Paid Leave Required for New Mexico Workers, Starting in 2022
Beginning July 1, 2022, most New Mexico employers will be required to provide up to 64 hours of paid leave annually for specific reasons relating to the health or safety of employees or their family members.
Virginia Passes Paid Sick Leave Law for Home Health Workers
Under a new law effective July 1, 2021, employers of home health workers in Virginia must provide paid sick leave for specific purposes relating to the medical needs of the workers or their family members.
Philadelphia Requires COVID-19-related Employee Leave
A new Philadelphia Public Health Emergency Leave law mandates up to 80 hours of paid employee leave for specific COVID-19-related reasons.
Virginia Adopts New Overtime Wage Rules
The New Law Uses Different Formulas to Calculate the Regular Wage Rate On March 31, 2021, Virginia adopted the Virginia Overtime Wage Act (the Act). This new law becomes effective July 1, 2021, and, like its federal counterpartthe Fair Labor
DOL Issues Model Notices, FAQs for COBRA Subsidy Under ARPA
On April 7, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor issued FAQs and model notices for the COBRA premium assistance provisions of the American Rescue Plan Act.
IRS Publishes Guidance for 2021 Employee Retention Credit (Q1/Q2)
The Tax Credit Will Increase to 70 Percent of Eligible Wages for the First Two Quarters of 2021 On April 2, 2021, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published Notice 2021 23 to provide guidance for employers claiming the employee retention
Illinois Issues Guidance on Employee Time Off for COVID-19 Vaccination
The Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL) has issued guidance for employers about employee leave for COVID-19 vaccination, addressing mandatory, optional and family member situations.
EEOC Announces EEO-1 Reporting Begins April 26
The portal for private-sector employers to submit equal employment opportunity (EEO-1) workforce data from 2019 and 2020 will open on April 26, 2021, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)  announced March 29, 2021.
IRS Extends Time to Make IRA, HSA Contributions and File Forms 1040
On March 29, 2021, the Internal Revenue Service issued Notice 2021-21, which extends tax deadlines for filing Form 1040 series returns and other deadlines to May 17, 2021.
Face Masks and Other PPE Treated as Deductible Medical Expenses
The Internal Revenue Service has issued Announcement 2021-7, clarifying that amounts paid for certain personal protective equipment (PPE)such as masks, hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipesused for the primary purpose of preventing the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) are deductible medical expenses.
New California COVID-19 Leave Law Is Retroactive to Jan. 1
Under a new supplemental paid sick leave law, California employers with more than 25 employees must provide up to 80 new hours of supplemental paid sick leave for specific COVID-19-related reasons. The leave requirement takes effect March 29, 2021, but it is retroactive to Jan. 1, 2021.
DOL Will Allow Portions of the Tip Rule to Take Effect April 30
While Some Provisions Will Take Effect, The DOL Is Also Proposing Changes to the Original Rule On Dec. 22, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published a final rule to amend employee tip regulations under the Fair Labor Standards
New York Employers Must Provide Paid Leave for COVID-19 Vaccination
New York has passed a law requiring employers to provide employees with paid leave to be vaccinated for COVID-19.
OSHA Releases COVID-19 National Emphasis Program
The NEP Is Expected to Remain in Effect Until the Pandemic is Over On March 12, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) launched a national emphasis program (NEP) for COVID 19. OSHA establishes NEPs when it identifies a
DOL Delays Effective Date for 2020 Employee Tip Rule
The Rule Will Go Into Effect April 30, 2021 On Feb. 26, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) delayed the effective date of its 2020 employee tip rule to April 30, 2021. This rule was originally scheduled to go
DOL Proposes to Rescind the FLSA Joint Employer Determination Rule
Though Effective Since March 2020 a Federal Court Vacated Most of the Rule in September 2020 On March 11, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced a proposal to rescind the 2020 Joint Employer Determination Rule (the Rule). Joint
DOL Proposes to Rescind Independent Contractor Rule
The Rule Has Not Yet Become Effective and Its Rescission Has Been Proposed But Is Not Final Yet On March 11, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced a proposal to rescind the Independent Contractor final rule. The rule
Biden Signs Relief Bill with Employment-related Provisions
On March 11, 2021, President Joe Biden signed into law the American Rescue Plan Act, a $1.9 trillion relief bill containing financial benefits for individuals, businesses, state and local governments and more.
IRS Issues Guidance on Employee Retention Credit for 2020
The Notice Clarifies Employer Eligibility and Describes Retroactive Changes that Apply to 2020 On March 1, 2021, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2021 20 to provide guidance for employers claiming the 2020 employer retention tax credit. This tax
Agency FAQs Clarify COVID-19 Coverage Requirements
Health Plans and Issuers Must Cover COVID 19 Diagnostic Items and Services Without Cost sharing On Feb. 26, 2021, the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Treasury issued FAQ guidance to clarify health coverage requirements related
DOL Guidance on COVID-19 Relief for Employee Benefit Plans
The Relief May Extend Beyond the Expected Feb. 28 Expiration Date in Some Cases On Feb. 26, 2021, the Department of Labors (DOL) Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) issued Disaster Relief Notice 2021 01 to provide guidance on the duration
CDC Provides Guidance on Consent and Disclosures for Workplace COVID-19 Testing
Informed Consent Requires Disclosure, Understanding and Free Choice The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued guidance on the elements of consent and disclosures necessary to support employee decision making when employers incorporate workplace COVID 19 testing.
DOL Proposes New Effective Date for Independent Contractor Rule
The Delay Would Allow the Biden Administration Time to Evaluate the Rule Before It Becomes Effective On Friday, Feb. 5, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labors (DOL) Wage and Hour Division (WHD) proposed delaying the effective date for the Independent
Virginia Legalizes Marijuana and Expands Employer Restrictions
The New Law Affects Background Checks for Job Applicants On Feb. 5, 2021, Virginia passed a new law (House Bill 2312) that legalizes recreational marijuana for adults ages 21 and older in the state. The new law also expands an
Outbreak Period Expiration Approaching
Last year, federal agencies issued relief postponing various employee benefit plan deadlines during a defined Outbreak Period to help plans, participants and service providers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
9th Cir.: FMLA Leave Includes Off Time in Rotating Schedules
An employee working a one week on, one week off schedule who takes 12 workweeks of continuous federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave may be required to return to work 12 weeks later, a federal appeals court has held.
Additional COVID-19 Relief and Clarifying Guidance for Cafeteria Plans
On Feb. 18, 2021, the IRS released Notice 2021-15, which provides additional mid-year election change relief for Section 125 cafeteria plans for plan years ending in 2021.
Employers May Have to Provide Paid Military Leave, Court Says
Employees who take off work for military duty may be entitled to paid leave from their employers, according to a Feb. 3, 2021, federal appeals court decision.
DOL Issues Updated Model Employer CHIP Notice
The Department of Labor (DOL) has released a new model Employer CHIP Notice with information current as of Jan. 31, 2021.
New York Issues New Guidance on COVID-19 Leave
Employers who prohibit employees not in quarantine or isolation from coming to work for COVID-19 exposure reasons must pay them their regular rate, according to new guidance issued by the New York Department of Labor. The Jan. 20, 2021, guidance also states that employees may take leave for three periods of quarantine or isolation, among other points.
IRS Updates FAQs on Employer Tax Credits for FFCRA Leave
On Jan. 29, 2021, the IRS updated its frequently asked questions on tax credits available to employers for providing paid employee leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.
Reminder: Medicare Part D Disclosures due by March 1, 2021 for Calendar Year Plans
Group health plan sponsors are required to complete an online disclosure form with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on an annual basis and at other select times, indicating whether the plan's prescription drug coverage is creditable or non-creditable.
EEOC Announces 2021 Schedule for EEO-1 and Other EEO Reports
On Jan. 12, 2021, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that it will open four equal employment opportunity (EEO) data collections in 2021.
EEOC Issues Opinion Letter on ICHRAs and the ADEA
A Jan. 7, 2021 opinion letter from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) addresses employer contributions to Individual Coverage Health Reimbursement Arrangements (ICHRAs) and compliance with the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA).
HHS Issues Proposed Changes to the HIPAA Privacy Rule
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a proposed rule that would make certain changes to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule.
Proposed Rules Would Amend Wellness Program Incentive Rules
On Jan. 7, 2021, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued two proposed rules on wellness programs under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act.
Massachusetts Issues Emergency PFML Regulations
The Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave (DFML) has issued emergency regulations for the paid family and medical leave (PFML) program. The emergency regulations add personal care attendants and family care providers to the programs definition of covered individual.
DOL Issues New Q&As About FFCRA Leave Requirements
The U.S. Dept. of Labor (DOL) has issued two additional Q&As about employee leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.
CO Employers Must Provide 80 Hours Emergency Leave on Jan. 1
On Jan. 1, 2021, Colorado employers will have to provide workers with up to 80 hours of paid public health emergency leave under the states Healthy Families and Workplaces Act, passed in July 2020. The requirement was clarified in guidance and temporary emergency rules issued by the states Department of Labor and Employment on Dec. 23, 2020.
DOL Issues Guidance on Electronic Posting of Certain Labor Law Notices
On Dec. 29, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued Field Assistance Bulletin 2020-7, which addresses when the DOL will consider electronic posting by employers (by email, or an internet or intranet website) sufficient to provide employees with required notice of their statutory rights under a variety of federal labor laws.
DOL to Accept Telemedicine as In-person Visit for FMLA Purposes
New Directive Aligns Enforcement Practices with COVID 19 Guidance On Dec. 29, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published Field Assistance Bulletin 2020 8 to provide enforcement guidance regarding the use of telemedicine when establishing a serious health condition
IRS Announces 2021 Standard Mileage Rates
On Dec. 22, 2020, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued the 2021 optional standard mileage rates, which are used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes.
Stimulus Bill With Temporary Special Rules for FSAs Signed Into Law
On Dec. 27, 2020, President Trump signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 into law. The Act provides temporary special rules for health and dependent care flexible spending accounts (FSAs) that give employees additional time to use these funds.
DOL Amends Employee Tip Regulations
New Requirements Become Effective 60 Days After Their Publication in the Federal Register (publication still pending) On Dec. 22, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced a final rule to amend employee tip regulations under the Fair Labor Standards
Stimulus Bill Extending FFCRA Tax Credits but Not Leave Mandate Signed Into Law
An appropriations bill, signed into law by President Donald Trump on Dec. 27, 2020, does not extend FFCRA employee leave mandates beyond Dec. 31, 2020. However, the bill does extend employer tax creditsfor FFCRA leave offered through March 31, 2021.
Final Regulations Issued for Transportation Fringe Benefits
On Dec. 16, 2020, The U.S. Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service published final regulations on the deduction for qualified transportation fringe (QTF) expenses, following changes made by the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA).
IRS Adds, Updates FAQs on FFCRA Tax Credits
The IRS has added or updated more than 80 answers to questions in its series of FAQs on COVID-19-Related Tax Credits for Required Paid Leave Provided by Small and Midsize Businesses.
Reminder: Floridas E-Verify Law Becomes Effective Jan. 1, 2021
Public Contractors Will Need to Register With and Use E Verify Beginning Jan. 1, 2021, all public employers, contractors and subcontractors in Florida will need to register with and use the E Verify System to certify the work authorization of
Workers May Apply Unused Transit Benefits to Parking
In a recent information letter concerning an employee who, due to COVID-19, was driving to work rather than using public transportation, the IRS said employees may apply unused commuter transit benefit amounts to parking benefits in certain circumstances.
Colorado Adopts Paid Sick Leave Regulations
The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment has adopted regulations for the states new paid sick leave law, the Healthy Families and Workplaces Act.
Florida Minimum Wage Will Rise Gradually to $15 per hour
Florida Will See Two Minimum Wage Rate Increases in 2021 On Nov. 3, 2020, voters in Florida approved a constitutional amendment that will raise the state minimum wage rate each year until it reaches $15 per hour in 2026. Beginning
Colorado Voters Pass Paid Family and Medical Leave Initiative
On Nov. 3, 2020, Colorado voters passed Proposition 118, creating a paid family and medical leave insurance program for workers in the state.
No Change in 2021 Limits for Qualified Transportation Benefits
The IRS has released Revenue Procedure 2020-45, which includes cost-of-living adjustments for employee qualified transportation fringe benefits for the 2021 taxable year
IRS Releases 2021 Retirement Contribution Limits
The IRS has announced the cost-of-living adjustments for 2021 that affect amounts employees can contribute to 401(k) plans and IRAs.
Michigan OSHA Adopts Emergency COVID-19 Standard
The New Standard Applies to All Employers Covered by the State OSHA Program On Oct. 14, 2020, the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) adopted an emergency COVID 19 workplace safety standard (the Standard) for all businesses covered by
SBA Issues New FAQs for Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness
Borrowers and Lenders May Rely on the Guidance Provided in the New FAQs On Oct. 13, 2020, the Small Business Administration (SBA) published a new set of answers to frequently asked questions about the forgiveness of loans issued under the
CAL/OSHA Takes Steps Toward Temporary Emergency Standard for COVID-19
New Regulations Would Increase the Agency's Authority to Enforce COVID 19 Safety Standards On Sept. 17, 2020, the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (the Board), part of the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal OSHA), approved
New York State Issues FAQs for Paid Sick Leave
New York state has published frequently asked questions about its new paid sick leave law, covering 11 different topic areas.
Florida Announces $8.65 Minimum Wage Rate for 2021
The New Rate Becomes Effective Jan. 1, 2021  Florida has published new minimum wage posters announcing an $8.65 per hour minimum wage rate for 2021. Floridas minimum wage rate is adjusted annually to reflect changes in the cost of living. However,
California Expands Employee Leave Protections for Victims
California has expanded its employee leave protections for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking to apply to a broader category of victims, in amendments that take effect Jan. 1, 2021.
Ohio Announces $8.80 Minimum Wage Rate for 2021
The New Rate Becomes Effective Jan. 1, 2021  Ohio has published a new minimum wage poster announcing an $8.80 minimum wage rate for 2021. Ohios minimum wage rate is adjusted annually to reflect changes in the cost of living. The
Washington Announces $13.69 Minimum Wage Rate for 2021
The New Rate Becomes Effective Jan. 1 Washington state has announced a $13.69 minimum wage rate for 2021. Washingtons minimum wage rate is adjusted annually to reflect changes in the cost of living. However, employers should be mindful of local
California Adds HR Personnel and Supervisors as Mandatory Reporters
The New Law Becomes Effective Jan. 1, 2021  On Sept. 29, 2020, California amended its existing child abuse reporting law to add two new classes of mandatory reporters for employers with five or more employees Human resource employees
California Eases Sexual Harassment Training Requirements for Previously Trained New Employees
New Employees Who Already Received the Required Training May Be Placed on Two Year Schedule from Date of Last Training Effective Sept. 28, 2020, California has amended its law that requires employers with five or more employees to provide sexual
HHS Renews COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
Renewal Extends the Duration of Certain Coverage Mandates Related to the COVID 19 Pandemic On Oct. 2, 2020, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) renewed its determination that a public health emergency exists as a result of the
OSHA Clarifies COVID-19 Reporting Requirements
The New FAQs Clarify When Employers Must Report COVID 19 Hospitalizations and Fatalities The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published two additional answers to its list of COVID 19 frequently asked questions (FAQs). The new answers clarify when
Pennsylvania Increases Salary Threshold for Overtime Exemptions
The State Salary Level Will Reach $875 per week by 2022 On Oct. 2, 2020, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) announced a new overtime rule that increases the salary threshold that must be satisfied for executive, administrative
OSHA Advice on Wearing Face Coverings in Hot, Humid Environments
Hazardous Heat Exposure Can Occur Indoors or Outdoors Under the Right Conditions OSHA has also issued guidance on safety protocols employees can use when wearing cloth face coverings in hot, humid indoor and outdoor work conditions. Wearing face coverings has
Arizona Announces $12.15 Minimum Wage Rate for 2021
The New State Rate Becomes Effective Jan. 1, 2021 On Sept. 17, 2020, Arizona announced a $12.15 minimum wage rate for 2021. Arizonas minimum wage rate is adjusted annually to reflect changes in the cost of living. However, employers should
NYC Changes Paid Sick Leave Law
New York City has amended its Earned Safe and Sick Time Act (ESST) to align with the states paid sick leave law, which was passed earlier in the year as part of the state budget. Both the amendments to the city ESST and the accrual and notice portions of the state law take effect Sept. 30, 2020.
California Expands Family and Medical Leave Under CFRA
Effective Jan. 1, 2021, amendments to the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) expand the laws leave requirements to cover employers with at least five employees, provide new grounds for leave and remove leave limits.
DOL Proposes Changes to FLSA Independent Contractor Classification Test
Proposed Rule Would Establish An Economic Realities Test to Determine Worker Status Under the FLSA On Sept. 22, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced a  proposed rule to clarify how employers should classify their workers as either employees
California Authorizes Stop-Work Orders and Requires Worker Exposure Notices for COVID-19
On Sept. 17, 2020, California enacted a new law (AB 685) that authorizes the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (the Division) to issue stop work orders for facilities or operations that pose an imminent COVID 19 hazard to
DOL Updates Q&As on Employee Leave Under the FFCRA
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has released three new questions and answers (Q&As) and has updated six of its existing Q&As about emergency paid sick leave and expanded Family and Medical Leave Act leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).
DHS Extends Remote Verification of I-9 Documents to Nov. 19
Without Extension, Exemption Would Have Expired Sept. 19   Because of the ongoing COVID 19 pandemic, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is allowing employers that are operating remotely to conduct a remote
California Extends Workers Compensation Presumption for COVID-19
On Sept. 1, 2020, California amended its workers compensation (WC) law, under Senate Bill 1159 (SB1159), to provide a presumption that COVID-19 is a compensable, work-related condition under certain circumstances.
DOL Revises FFCRA Regulations in Response to Court Decision
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued revisions to regulations that implement the paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).
California Mandates Paid Sick Leave for COVID-19
California has enacted a new law that requires supplemental paid sick leave statewide for workers for COVID 19 related purposes, effective Sept. 19, 2020.
New York Announces Paid Family Leave Rates for 2021
The New York State Department of Financial Services has announced that for calendar year 2021, employers may deduct 0.511% of an employees weekly wage, up to an annual cap of $385.34, to pay the premium cost for state paid family leave insurance.
California Exempts Additional Occupations from Independent Contractor Classification Test (AB 5)
The Amendments Became Effective Sept. 4 On Sept. 4, 2020, California amended the list of occupations exempted from using the states employee classification test, also known as the ABC test (AB 5). When the ABC test is not required, including
DOL Announces 2021 Minimum Wage Rate for Federal Contractors
New Rate Applies Between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2021 On Aug. 31, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced that the minimum wage rate for federal contractor employees will increase from $10.80 to $10.95 per hour on Jan.
Federal Court Strikes Down Part of the DOL Joint Employment Rule
The DOL Is Currently Exploring Options to Challenge the Lower Courts Ruling  On Sept. 8, 2020, a federal district court struck down parts of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) joint employer rule. This new rule became effective March 16,
EEOC Updates Guidance on Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the ADA
New FAQs Address Questions Employers May Ask to Screen Employees for COVID 19 and ADA Requirements for Handling Employees Medical Information   On Sept. 8, 2020, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued additional answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about
Reminder: Medicare Part D Notices Are Due Before Oct. 15, 2020
Employers who sponsor group health plans that offer prescription drug coverage to Medicare-eligible individuals must provide a Medicare Part D Creditable or Non-Creditable Coverage Notice to those individuals before October 15.
IRS Issues Guidance on Payroll Tax Deferment Presidential Order
Deferred taxes must be recouped between Jan. 1 and Apr. 30, 2021 On Aug. 8, 2020, President Donald Trump ordered the U.S. Department of Treasury (the Department) to defer collecting certain payroll taxes from wages earned between Sept. 1 and
DOL Publishes Four Additional FLSA Opinion Letters
Employers Can Rely on Opinion Letters to Establish Good Faith Compliance Under the Law On Aug. 31, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published four new opinion letters. Opinion letters provide the DOLs official position on how labor and
Minnesota Announces 2021 Minimum Wage Rate
New Rate Becomes Effective Jan. 1, 2021 On Aug. 28, 2020, Minnesota announced the following minimum wage rates, effective Jan. 1, 2021   $10.08 per hour for large employers (employers with an annual gross revenue of $500,000
Remote Verification of Form I-9 Documents Extended to Sept. 19
Without Extension, Exemption Would Have Expired Aug. 18  Because of the ongoing COVID 19 pandemic, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have announced yet another 30 day extension of the exemption for the
DOL Publishes FAQs Addressing FFCRA Leave and Return to School
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has published new frequently asked questions about whether employees qualify for paid leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act in different school reopening situations, including those that blend in-person with distance learning.
IRS Offers Guidance on COVID-19 Employee Leave-sharing Plans
In recently issued answers to frequently asked questions, the IRS said employers may set up leave-sharing plans under IRS Notice 2006-59 to benefit employees adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Interim Final Rule Issued on Leave for Federal Workers
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management has published an interim final rule to implement the Federal Employee Paid Leave Act, which provides paid leave to certain federal employees covered by the Family and Medical Leave Act.
DOL Releases Updated Model Employer CHIP Notice
The Department of Labor (DOL) has released a new model Employer CHIP Notice with information current as of July 31, 2020.
DOL Guidance Addresses Federal Contractors and FFCRA Leave Pay
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued questions and answers on when federal contractors must include Service Contract Act (SCA), Davis-Bacon Act (DBA) or Executive Order 13706 fringe benefits for workers taking leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).
President Trump Orders Payroll Tax Deferment
The Department of Treasury Will Stop Collecting Certain Payroll Taxes Between Sept. 1 and Dec. 31 On Aug. 8, 2020, President Donald J. Trump ordered the U.S. Department of Treasury (the Department) to defer collecting certain payroll taxes from Sept.
NY Federal Court Partly Strikes Down FFCRA Leave Regulations
In a case brought by the New York attorney general, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York has vacated portions of regulations issued by the U.S. Department of Labor under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.
Virginia Adopts Safety and Health Standard for COVID-19
The New Emergency Temporary Standard Requires Job Risk Assessments, Employee Training and Customized Control and Prevention Measures Virginia has adopted an occupational safety and health standard to protect employees within the state from COVID 19. This Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS)
Massachusetts Finalizes Amendments to PFML Regulations
On July 24, 2020, the Massachusetts Department of Paid Family and Medical Leave published final amendments to regulations issued under the states Paid Family and Medical Leave program.
Remote Verification of Form I-9 Documents Extended to Aug. 19
According to the DHS This Will Be the Final Extension The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced that the exemption for the physical inspection of Form I 9 documents has been extended to Aug. 19, 2020. 
NLRB Changes Rules for Abusive or Offensive Conduct By Employees
On July 21, 2020, the National Labor Relations Board issued a decision that eases the way for employers to discipline or discharge an employee based on abusive or offensive conductsuch as racist or profane remarkscommitted while the employee was also engaged in activities that are protected under the National Labor Relations Act.
DOL Publishes More Q&As on Employment Laws and Coronavirus
On July 20, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced the agencys publication of additional questions and answers about the operation of the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) in workplace situations involving COVID-19.
DOL Revises FMLA Forms, Seeks Input on Regulations
The U.S. Department of Labor has issued a Request for Information about federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) regulations. The agency has also revised its FMLA notice and certification forms.
DOL Issues RFI on Paid Family and Medical Leave
In a Request for Information (RFI) issued July 15, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced it is seeking information about the effectiveness of current state- and employer-provided paid leave programs, and how access (or lack of access) to these programs impacts workers and their families.
Proposed Rule Would Allow Changes to Certain Grandfathered Plans
On July 10, 2020, the Departments of Labor (DOL), Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Treasury issued a proposed rule that would allow grandfathered group health plans to make certain changes to cost-sharing requirements without losing grandfather status.
IRS: W-2 Reporting Required for FFCRA Leave Pay
Employers are required to report sick and family leave wages paid to employees under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) on Form W-2, according to guidance from the IRS and the U.S. Treasury Department.
NY Order and Guidance Affect COVID-19 Leave for Employees
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has issued an order barring state COVID-19 leave for employees who travel to states on New Yorks travel advisory. In addition, recent state guidance clarifies when health care workers under isolation or quarantine orders are eligible for leave under the New York law.
Colorado Passes Paid Sick Leave Law
The Colorado legislature has passed the Healthy Families and Workplaces Act (Act), requiring all Colorado employers to provide employees with different types of paid sick leave in different circumstances:
IRS Issues Guidance on Leave Donation Programs for COVID-19
Employee leave donated to COVID-19 charities through employer-based programs will not be taxed as income of the donor employees, according to recent guidance by the IRS.
IRS Issues Proposed Regulations for Qualified Employee Transportation Fringe Benefits
The IRS has issued proposed regulations that provide guidance for employers determining the amount of nondeductible qualified fringe transportation expenses. The proposed rules also provide guidance for applying exceptions, and include definitions, special rules and methodologies.
DOL Issues Guidance on FFCRA Leave for Summer Camp Closures
The U.S. Department of Labor has issued Field Assistance Bulletin 2020-4, clarifying when employees may take paid leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act for the COVID-19-related closure of a summer camp, summer enrichment program or other summer program.
DOL Launches Employee Tool for Determining FFCRA Leave
The U.S. Department of Labor has created an online tool to help workers determine whether they qualify for paid leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.
Federal Agencies Release More FAQs on Coronavirus-related Changes for Health Plans
New FAQs Address a Variety of Health Coverage Issues Related to the COVID 19 Outbreak The Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and the Treasury have provided answers to a second set of FAQs (FAQs Part 43) about health
DOL Issues Five New Fair Labor Standards Act Opinion Letters
The New Letters Clarify Compliance Issues With the FLSA On June 25, 2020 the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published five new opinion letters. Opinion letters provide the DOLs official position on how labor and employment standards apply in specific
President Trump Suspends Entry of Certain Foreign Workers
The Order Is Effective Between June 24 and December 31 On June 22, 2020, President Trump suspended the entry to the United States of certain foreign nationals holding specific working, nonimmigrant visas. The order becomes effective June 24, 2020 and
OSHA Issues Guidance for Reopening Nonessential Businesses
OSHA's Publication Includes Charts and Examples Help Implement Safety Principles On June 18, 2020, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released guidance to help employers plan how to reopen nonessential businesses. The guidance also addresses issues employers should consider
EEOC Adds another FAQ to Guidance on Coronavirus and the ADA
On June 17, 2020, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued an additional answer to frequently asked questions, indicating the ADA prohibits employers from requiring employees to take COVID-19 antibody tests.
Supreme Court Rules Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination Violates Title VII
On June 15, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision holding that discrimination based on homosexuality or transgender status necessarily involves intentionally treating individuals differently because of their sex, and that it is therefore prohibited under Title VII of the federal Civil Rights Act.
Reminder: D.C. Paid Family Leave Available July 1
 On July 1, 2020, the District of Columbia will begin administering paid family leave to eligible employees. The program provides eight weeks to bond with a new child, six weeks to care for a family member with a serious health condition, and two weeks for the employee to care for his or her own serious health condition.
EEOC Issues new FAQs on Coronavirus and the ADA
New FAQs Address How an Employees Age, National Origin, Pregnancy or Caregiver Roles May Affect an Employers Obligations Related to COVID 19 On June 11, 2020, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued additional answers to frequently asked
OSHA Issues FAQs on Face Masks and Respirators
OSHA Recommends that Employers Encourage Workers to Wear Face Coverings at Work As the national economy reopens, an unprecedented number of workers will be required to wear faces masks in the workplace for the first time. To help
Paycheck Protection Program Amendments Signed Into Law
Since being established as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) in March 2020, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) has been the subject of additional stimulus bills, legal guidance and interim final rules. In the
West Virginia Creates Safe Harbor for Final Payment of Wages
Safe Harbor Will Encourage Resolution of Claims Before Lawsuits are Filed  West Virginia has enacted a new law that regulates the payment of liquidated damages and attorneys fees for lawsuits related to unpaid or underpaid wage claims. Beginning June 4,
DOL Finalizes New Method for Electronic Delivery of Retirement Plan Disclosures
On May 21, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published a final rule that will allow plan administrators to post retirement plan disclosures online or deliver them to employees by e-mail, as a default, to comply with their statutory duty to furnish documents under ERISA.
IRS Releases 2021 Health Savings Account (HSA) Limits
The IRS has announced the 2021 inflation-adjusted amounts for Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) as determined under the Internal Revenue Code.
New COVID-19 Guidance for Section 125 Mid-year Election Change Rules
On May 12, 2020, the IRS released Notice 2020-29, which provides temporary flexibility for mid-year election changes under a Section 125 cafeteria plan during calendar year 2020.
IRS Provides More Options for Unused Funds in Health FSAs and DCAPs
Options Include an Extended Period for Incurring Expenses and Increased Health FSA Carryover Limit On May 12, 2020, the IRS announced more options with respect to unused amounts in health flexible spending accounts (FSAs) and dependent care assistance programs (DCAPs).
EEOC Delays EEO-1 and Related Reports Due to COVID-19
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, employers and unions that are subject to equal employment opportunity (EEO) reporting under Title VII of the Civil Right Act will not be required to file EEO surveys in 2020, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced on May 8, 2020.
FFCRA May 7 Update: DOL Publishes Additional FAQs
Newest DOL Publication Adds FAQs 89 Through 93 On May 7, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) added five new answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) to help employers comply with requirements set by the Families First Coronavirus Response
DOL Issues Updated Model COBRA Notices
The General Notice and Election Notice Models Now Include Medicare Information On May 1, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor issued new model notices that group health plans may use to use to comply with COBRA notification requirements. Use of
EEOC Updates Guidance on Coronavirus and the ADA
New FAQs Address Return to work Issues For At Risk Employees Who Are At High Risk of Becoming Ill From COVID 19 On May 7, 2020, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued additional answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs)
Virginia to Increase State Minimum Wage Rate
New Rate Becomes Effective May 1, 2021 New legislation will progressively increase the states minimum wage rate to $15 per hour by 2026. The current rate in Virginia is equal to the federal minimum wage rate of $7.25 per hour.
Colorado Expands Paid Health Emergency Leave
On April 27, 2020, Colorado amended its emergency regulations mandating paid sick leave for certain workers affected by COVID-19.
Federal Agencies Issue COVID-19 Relief for Employee Benefit Plans
Deadline relief for employee benefit plans and plan participants impacted by the COVID 19 outbreak  On April 28, 2020, the Departments of Labor (DOL) and the Treasury (Departments) issued deadline relief to help employee benefit plans, plan participants and plan
CA Issues Workplace Poster for Paid Coronavirus Leave for Food Sector Workers
The California Labor Commissioners office has released a workplace poster for use by food sector employers subject to the state requirement for supplemental COVID-19 paid sick leave.
Court Suspends Enforcement of Dallas Paid Sick Time Ordinance
A federal judge has paused enforcement of the Dallas Earned Paid Sick Time Ordinance, which requires employers to grant eligible employees one hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours worked in the city, pending the outcome of ongoing litigation over the law.
IRS Extends Deadline for Forms 5500 Due Before July 15, 2020
On April 9, 2020, the IRS issued Notice 2020-23 to extend key tax deadlines for individuals and businesses in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
DOL Issues Regulations for FFCRA Paid Leave
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued temporary regulations to implement the paid leave mandates of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. The regulations provide direction for administration of the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act.
CARES Act Includes Changes for Health Plans
Coronavirus Relief Law Includes a Variety of Changes Affecting Health Plans On March 27, 2020, President Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) into law to provide $2.2 trillion in federal funding to address the
DOL Provides Guidance on Small Employer Exemption to Coronavirus Paid Leave
New FAQs on the FFCRA Address Small Employer Exemption The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued new FAQs that address the small employer exemption to certain paid leave requirements under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).  Small
DOL Issues Guidance Documents on FFCRA
Guidance materials on the new Families First Coronavirus Response Act are now available for employers from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). Links to the materials, which explain how the law will be implemented and include required notices, can be found on a DOL webpage dedicated to COVID-19.
DOL: New Paid Leave Requirements Take Effect April 1
Coronavirus Response Act Applies to Leaves Taken April Dec. 2020 The paid leave provisions of the recently enacted Families First Coronavirus Response Act will go into effect April 1, 2020, according to Q&As released by the U.S. Department of
Congress Passes Coronavirus Aid Law
On March 18, 2020, President Trump signed into law a coronavirus relief bill, requiring employers to provide paid sick leave for reasons related to the pandemic, among other measures.
Health Plans Must Provide Free Coronavirus (COVID-19) Testing
Health Plans Must Cover COVID 19 Testing At No Charge On March 18, 2020, the U.S. Congress passed its second coronavirus relief measure the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (Act). President Trump is expected to sign the bill into
House Approves Corrections to Coronavirus Relief Bill
On March 16, the U.S. House of Representatives passed technical corrections to the coronavirus relief bill, titled the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.
House of Representatives Passes Coronavirus Relief Bill
The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act on March 14, 2020, following negotiations with the White House. The U.S. Senate is expected to vote on the bill this week.
Deal Reached on Coronavirus Aid
The White House and U.S. House of Representatives have reached a deal that would involve several billion dollars in federal spending and provide free medical testing, paid leave, food assistance for poor families, and other aid for people affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
CO Mandates Paid Employee Sick Days for COVID-19 Testing
Effective immediately, Colorado employers in seven industries must give employees up to four days of paid sick leave for testing coronavirus (COVID 19) testing.
California Labor Commissioner Issues Guidance on Coronavirus
The FAQs address issues such as leave for employees under quarantine or at risk of exposure, questioning employees about their travel to high-risk areas, and the effect of operational shutdowns on employee compensation.
DOL Issues Guidance on COVID-19 and FMLA
DOL Issues Guidance on COVID 19 and FMLA   Q&As Apply Broadly to Public Health Emergencies  The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued Q&As on the federal Family and Medical Leave Act in the context of
IRS Allows HDHPs to Pay for COVID-19 Testing and Treatment
HDHPs Can Pay Benefits for COVID 19 Without a Deductible On March 11, 2020, the IRS issued Notice 2020 15 to advise that high deductible health plans (HDHPs) can pay for COVID 19 testing and treatment before plan deductibles have
Dealing with COVID-19 in the Workplace
Employers Must Do What They Can to Maintain a Safe and Healthy Work Environment As the number of reported cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID 19) continues to rise, employers are increasingly confronted with the possibility of an outbreak in
Vermont Sets Minimum Wage Increases for 2021 and 2022
New Rate Becomes Effective Jan. 1, 2021 The Vermont state legislature has approved two more increases to the states minimum wage rate, as shown below   A new rate of $11.75 per hour becomes effective Jan. 1,
NLRB Issues New Joint-employer Final Rule
The New Joint employer Standard Becomes Effective Apr. 27 On Feb. 25, 2020, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) announced it's changing the standard it uses to determine whether employers are considered joint employers under the National Labor Relations Act.
California Supreme Court Clarifies that Time Spent in Security Screenings is Compensable
The Court's Decision Is Enforceable and Retroactive The California Supreme Court issued a decision in Frlekin v. Apple, Inc. (Frlekin) clarifying that, under state law, compensable time or hours of work includes the time an employee spends  on the employers
Reminder: Creditable Coverage Disclosures due to CMS by Feb. 29 for Calendar Year Plans
Employers that offer prescription drug coverage to Medicare-eligible individuals 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.
Two New Model COBRA Notices Available from the DOL
The Department of Labor (DOL) has released updated versions of its model COBRA General Notice and model COBRA Election Notice, both with an expiration date of Jan. 31, 2023.
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 Jan. 31, 2020.
Virginia Employers Must Provide Itemized Wage Statements to All Employees
The requirement Became Effective January 1 Beginning this year, employers in Virginia must provide their employees with an itemized wage statement each regular pay date. Before this requirement became effective, Virginia employers were required to provide wage statements only upon
Maryland Enacts Ban the Box Law
Law Takes Effect Feb. 29, 2020 Maryland has enacted a "Ban the Box" law. Highlights of the law are presented below. Covered Employers The new law applies to Maryland employers with 15 or more full time
Employers Must Begin Using New Form I-9 by May 1
The New Form Will Expire on Oct. 31, 2022 On Jan. 31, 2020, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a new version of Form I 9 Employment Eligibility Verification. The previous version of this form expired Aug.
New Jersey Expands Wage Statement Requirements
New Requirements Become Effective May 20 State law already requires New Jersey employers to notify their employees of their payroll deductions, for each period when a deduction is made. However, on Jan. 21, New Jersey amended its law to require
New Jersey Employers To Provide Severance Pay for Mass Layoffs
New Requirements Become Effective July 19 On Jan. 21, 2020, New Jersey adopted significant changes to the Millville Dallas Airmotive Plant Job Loss Notification Act (New Jersey WARN Act). The New Jersey WARN Act, much like its federal counterpart, the
Colorado Employers to Comply with New Wage Payment Requirements
The new Overtime and Minimum Pay Standards Order Becomes Effective March 16 On Jan. 22, 2020, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) announced the adoption of the Colorado Overtime and Minimum Pay Standards Order #36 (COMPS 36). COMPS
New Poster Requirement for New Jersey Employers
The New Poster Must be Displayed by April 1 Employers in New Jersey will need to add an employee classification poster to their required workplace posters and notices by April 1. The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development
HHS Increases Civil Penalties for HIPAA Violations
Privacy and Security Rule Violations Impacted by Rule On Jan. 17, 2020, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published a final rule increasing the civil monetary penalties for violations of the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules. HHS is
DOL Increases Penalties for Group Health Plan Violations
2020 DOL Penalty Amounts for ERISA Violations Issued The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has increased the penalties employers face under ERISA for group health plan reporting and disclosure failures. These new amounts apply to penalties assessed after Jan. 15,
DOL Adopts New Joint Employer Determination Test
On Jan. 12, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced a new four factor balancing test to determine whether two or more organizations should be considered joint employers under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The final rule establishing
DOL Publishes Guidance on Lump Sum Bonuses and Per-Project Payments
Opinion Letters Provide an Insight on How the DOL applies the Law to Specific Facts On Jan. 7, 2020 the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued two opinion letters that clarify how the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) applies in
New York Eliminates Tipped Employee Minimum Wage in Miscellaneous Industries
New Rate will Phase in Beginning June 30 On Dec. 31, 2019, New York amended its wage order for miscellaneous industries to eliminate the subminimum wage for tipped employees. Please note that the current tipped employee minimum wage rates still
Temporary Injunction on California AB 5 for Trucking Industry
Temporary Injunction Applies Only to the Trucking Industry A district court in San Diego has issued a temporary injunction to prevent enforcement of Californias recent AB 5 law for the trucking industry. This injunction does not affect other industries and
IRS Announces 2020 Standard Mileage Rates
On Dec. 31. 2019, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued the 2020 optional standard mileage rates, which are used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes.
Washington Increases Threshold for Overtime Exemptions
New Law Becomes Effective July 1, 2020 On Dec. 11, 2019, Washington amended its wage and hour laws to increase the salary threshold white collar employees must satisfy to qualify for the states overtime exemption. The amendments also update some
Pennsylvania Extends E-Verify Requirement to Construction Industry
New Law Takes Effect Oct. 7, 2020 A new law in Pennsylvania law will require employers in the construction industry to use the federal E Verify system to confirm the employment eligibility of new hires. E Verify is a federal
DOL Issues 2020 Form W-4
Employers Must Begin Using the New Form Jan. 1 On Dec. 5, 2019, the Internal Revenue Service released an updated version of its W 4 form, also known as the Employees Withholding Certificate.  Employers use IRS
DOL Updates Regular Rate of Pay Rules
Final Rule Clarifies What to Include in the Regular Rate On Dec. 12, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), announced a new final rule that clarifies how to calculate an employees regular wage rate under the Fair Labor Standards
Court Halts San Antonio Paid Sick Leave
San Antonios paid sick leave law will not go into effect Dec. 1 as scheduled as a result of a temporary injunction granted Nov. 22.
DOL Proposes Revisions to Fluctuating Workweek Overtime Method
Comments on Proposed Rule are Due by Dec. 5 On Nov. 5, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published a proposed rule to update the fluctuating workweek method for calculating employee overtime wages under the Fair Labor Standards Act
California Increases Overtime Threshold for Medical and Computer Employee Exemptions
New Requirements Take Effect Jan. 1, 2020 The California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) has published updates to the minimum salary threshold that computer employees, physicians and surgeons must receive in order to qualify for the states overtime exemptions. The
2020 QSEHRA Contribution Limit Announced
Contribution Limit to Increase in 2020  The IRS has announced that the contribution limit for qualified small employer health reimbursement arrangements (QSEHRAs) will be $5,250 per employee and $10,600 per family in 2020. For 2019, the contribution limit is $5,150
2020 Health FSA Contribution Limit Announced
Contribution Limit to Increase $50 in 2020 The IRS has announced that the contribution limit for health flexible spending arrangements (health FSAs) will be $2,750 in 2020. For 2019, the contribution limit is $2,700.
IRS Releases 2020 Retirement Contribution Limits
The IRS has announced that the amounts employees can contribute to 401(k)s and some IRAs will increase in 2020.
HHS Rescinds Health Plan Identifier (HPID) under HIPAA
On Oct. 25, 2019, HHS released a final rule that officially withdraws the HPID requirement.
Washington's Domestic Violence Poster Is Now Available
New Law Took Effect July 28 Last May, Washington adopted a new law requiring employers to display a poster about domestic violence. The poster was published recently by the Washington Employment Security Department (ESD) and it includes instructions employees can follow
DOL Proposes New Method for Electronic Delivery of Retirement Plan Disclosures
On Oct. 23, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published a proposed rule that would allow plan administrators to make retirement plan disclosures available on a website.
Florida Announces 2020 Minimum Wage Rate
Florida has announced an $8.56 minimum wage rate for 2020.
California Strengthens Lactation Accommodation Protections
California has adopted a new law that strengthens lactation accommodation protections for employees. The new law becomes effective on Jan. 1, 2020 and is similar to San Franciscos lactation accommodation law.
South Dakota Announces 2020 Minimum Wage Rate
The South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation announced that the state minimum wage rate will increase $9.30 per hour on Jan. 1, 2020.
Vermont Announces 2020 Minimum Wage Rate
Vermont has announced that the state minimum wage rate will increase to $10.96 per houron Jan. 1, 2020.
DOL Proposes to Amend Employee Tip Regulations
On Oct. 8, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published a proposed rule to amend employee tip regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Montana Announces 2020 Minimum Wage Rate
On Sep. 30, 2019, the Montana Department of Labor and Industry announced that the state minimum wage rate will increase from $8.50 to $8.65 per hour.
Ohio Announces 2020 Minimum Wage Rate
New Rate Becomes Effective on Jan. 1 Ohio has announced a new minimum wage rate of $8.70 per hour for nonexempt employees. The state minimum wage rate applies to employers that gross $319,000 per year or more. The
Alaska Announces 2020 Minimum Wage Rate
New Rate Becomes Effective on Jan. 1 The state of Alaska has announced a minimum wage rate of $10.19 per hour for 2020. The minimum wage in the state is adjusted annually using the Consumer Price Index for urban consumers
California Adopts New Worker Classification Standard
California has adopted a new law that changes the process for determining whether a worker should be classified as an employee or independent contractor.
DOL Issues New Salary Limits for Overtime Exemptions
On Sept. 24, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced a new final rule that updates the salary thresholds that some individuals must meet in order to qualify for a minimum wage and overtime exemption under the federal Fair Labors Standards Act (FLSA).
Reminder: Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 are Key Massachusetts PFML Deadlines
The end of the month marks important employer deadlines for Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML).
Minnesota Announces $10 State Minimum Wage for Large Employers
Minnesota Announces $10 State Minimum Wage for Large Employers
New York State Requires Employee Leave for Domestic Violence Victims
New York state has amended its Human Rights Law, effective Nov. 18, 2019, to require employers to provide leave to employees whom the employer knows are victims of domestic violence.
Reminder: Medicare Part D Notices Are Due Before Oct. 15
Employers whose health plans offer prescription drug coverage to Medicare-eligible individuals must provide a Medicare Part D Creditable or Non-Creditable Coverage Notice to those individuals before October 15.
Illinois Expands Applicability of Discrimination Laws
A recent change in the law will expand anti-discrimination provisions to employers with at least one employee.
New York State Announces Paid Family Leave Rates for 2020
The New York State Department of Financial Services has announced that for calendar year 2020, employers may deduct 0.270% of an employees weekly wage, up to an annual cap of $196.72, to pay the premium cost for state paid family leave insurance.
Reminder: SAR Deadline is Sept. 30 for Form 5500 Filers
Employers required to provide plan participants with a Summary Annual Report (SAR) must do so by Sept. 30, 2019, if they sponsor calendar year plans. The SAR is a summary of the plans Form 5500.
Reminder: EEO-1 Component 2 Reports Due Sept. 30
EEO-1 filers must submit Component 2 data (on employee compensation and hours worked) for calendar years 2017 and 2018 by Sept. 30, 2019, via a designated online portal.
Washington Enacts Employee-Paid Long-Term Care Program
Washington state has passed legislation to establish a state-operated public insurance program for long-term care.
Illinois Enacts Strict Workplace Harassment Laws
Effective Jan. 1, 2020, all employers in Illinois must provide annual employee training on workplace sexual harassment prevention. 
California Extends Sexual Harassment Training Deadline to Jan. 1, 2021
California employers with five or more employees now have until Jan. 1, 2021, rather than Jan. 1, 2020, to comply with new sexual harassment prevention training requirements.
California Swaps Email for Web in Reporting of Serious Workplace Injuries
On Aug. 13, 2019, California adopted a new law that will require employers to report cases involving a serious injury or illness, or death to the Division of Occupational Safety and Health by phone or through a specified online mechanism that will be established by the state for this purpose. 
Oregon Adopts Equal Pay Law
Beginning Jan. 1, 2020, Oregon state law will prohibit employers from paying different wages to employees solely because they belong to a protected class.
Colorado Adopts Temporary Rules to Protect Wage and Hour Rights
On Aug. 20, 2019, Colorado adopted temporary rules to strengthen employee protections under the states wage and hour laws. These temporary rules are also being proposed as permanent amendments to the law.
New Jersey Bans Salary History Inquiries
New Jersey has adopted a new law that prohibits all employers in the state from asking job applicants about their past salaries or using past pay information to screen applicants for employment consideration.
New York State Bans Salary History Inquiries
On July 10, 2019, New York enacted a new law that prohibits all employers in the state from asking job applicants and employees about their past salaries or wages.
Illinois Adopts Video Interview Law
The Illinois Artificial Intelligence Video Interview Act applies to employers that ask applicants to record video interviews for positions based in Illinois and use artificial intelligence analysis on the video.
Illinois Bans Salary History Inquiries
Beginning Sept. 29, 2019, Illinois employers are prohibited from requesting a job applicant's salary history.  
DOL: Employees May Use FMLA Leave for IEP Meetings
Employees may take leave under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to attend their childs Individualized Education Plan (IEP) meetings, according to a recent opinion letter from the U.S. Department of Labor.
New York Expands Employee Protections Against Harassment and Discrimination
On Aug. 12, 2019, New York adopted a new series of measures that expand the scope of employee anti-harassment and anti-discrimination protections.
New York Adopts Equal Pay Law
New York Adopts Equal Pay Law
Maine Passes Expansive Paid Employee Leave Law
Maines earned employee leave law allows employees to earn one hour of paid leave for every 40 hours worked. This paid leave may be used for any reason.
California Expands Definition of Racial Discrimination
The California legislature has added that racial discrimination also includes discriminating on the basis of traits and characteristics that are historically associated with race.
Oregon Adopts Pregnancy Accommodation Law
Oregon Adopts Pregnancy Accommodation Law
New Jersey Adds Protections for Medical Marijuana Users
New Jersey Adds Protections for Medical Marijuana Users 
New Law in Maine Provides Veterans Medical Leave
New Law in Maine Provides Veterans Medical Leave.
HDHP Preventive Care Benefits Expanded
A new IRS notice expands the list of preventive care benefits that may be covered by a high deductible health plan (HDHP) without a deductible, or with a deductible below the minimum for HDHPs.
Connecticut Enacts Paid Family and Medical Leave Law
Connecticut Enacts Paid Family and Medical Leave Law
Oregon Amends Family Leave Law to Allow Organ and Tissue Donations
Oregon Amends Family Leave Law to Allow Organ and Tissue Donations
Nevada Adopts Employee Paid Leave Law
Nevada Adopts Employee Paid Leave Law
EEO-1 Component 2 Online Filing System Opens July 15
The EEOC has announced that the online filing system for EEO 1 Component 2 data will be available for all filers July 15, 2019.
Illinois Legalizes Recreational Marijuana
Illinois legalizes recreational marijuana.
Connecticut Expands Sexual Harassment Training to All Employees
Connecticut expands sexual harassment training to all employees.
Executive Order Signals Changes to HDHPs, FSAs, and Eligible Medical Expenses
President Trumps June 24 executive order on health care transparency addresses expanding access to high deductible health plans and flexible spending accounts, as well as broadening the definition of "eligible medical expenses."
Oklahoma Bans Marijuana in the Workplace
Smoking regulations now apply to all marijuana products.
Nevada Increases Minimum Wage
Nevada increases minimum wage rate.
Alabama Enacts Law to Reduce Wage Gaps, Bar Salary History Requirements
Alabama Enacts Law to Reduce Wage Gaps, Bar Salary History Requirements
Oregon Extends Anti-Discrimination Protections
Oregon extends anti-discrimination protections.
Connecticuts Minimum Wage Rate Will Increase to $15 by 2023
Connecticuts Minimum Wage Rate Will Increase to $15 by 2023.
Massachusetts Delays Paid Family and Medical Leave
Massachusetts Delays Paid Family and Medical Leave. Employers must begin collecting contributions on Oct. 1, 2019.
Nevada Employers Cant Deny Employment Because of Positive Marijuana Test
Nevada has adopted a new law that prohibits employers from failing or refusing to hire an applicant because of the applicants positive marijuana drug test result.
Colorado Limits Criminal History Inquiries
Effective Sept. 1, 2019, job postings and applications may not exclude applicants with criminal histories.
Final Rule Allows HRAs that Reimburse Individual Health Premiums
A final rule lets all employers offer health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) to pay for employees individual health insurance policy premiums, under certain conditions.
HIPAA Enforcement Guidance Issued for Business Associates
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services' (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has issued a fact sheet explaining when a business associate can be directly liable for compliance with the HIPAA Privacy, Security, Breach Notification, and Enforcement Rules.
Colorado Extends Smoking Prohibitions to Electronic Products
Colorado has amended its workplace smoking prohibition to include a ban on electronic smoking devices, effective July 1.
Colorado Prohibits Wage Discrimination and Salary History Inquiries
On May 22, 2019, Colorado enacted the Equal Pay for Equal Work Act.
Sexual Harassment Training is Now Mandatory in Washington
Sexual harassment training is now mandatory in Washington for hotels, motels, retail establishments, security guard entities and property service contractors.
Colorado Requires Employers to Notify Patrons of Tip-Pooling Practice
Beginning August 2, 2019, employers can implement a tip-pooling system among their employees only if they notify patrons, in writing, that a tip-pooling arrangement exists in the establishment.
Westchester Co. in New York Adopts Paid Safe Time Leave Law
Beginning Oct. 30, 2019, in addition to paid sick time, employers in New Yorks Westchester County, will need to provide up to 40 hours of paid leave to employees who are victims of domestic
Maine Employers Prohibited From Asking for Applicants Social Security Numbers
Beginning January 1, 2020, Maine employers can ask for an applicants Social Security number only for substance abuse testing or pre-employment screening purposes.
Oregon Extends Lactation Break Requirements
Beginning Sept. 29, 2019, all Oregon employers will need to provide reasonable accommodations to lactating employees.
Tennessee Restricts Immunity to Positive Drug Test Results to Six Months
New Law Effective May 10, 2019 On May 10, 2019, Tennessee restricted the immunity for employees who test positive to a drug test because of the use of prescribed medications. Under the new law, immunity covers only medications prescribed during
IRS Releases 2020 Health Savings Account Limits
The IRS has announced the 2020 inflation adjusted amounts for Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) as determined under the Internal Revenue Code. Annual Contribution Limitation For calendar year 2020, the
Maryland Adopts Organ and Bone Marrow Donation Employee Leave
New Law Effective October 1, 2019 Maryland has a new law that provides employees up to 60 days of leave for organ donation or 30 days of leave for bone marrow donation. To qualify for this leave,
New York City Bans Pre-employment Marijuana Screening
New York City has enacted an ordinance that prohibits employers from requiring job applicants to submit to pre-employment marijuana testing, effective May 10, 2020.
Washington Bans Wage and Salary Inquiries for Job Applicants
Washington has adopted a new law, effective July 28, 2019, that prohibits employers from seeking information about an applicant's wage or salary history.
Florida Prohibits Vaping in Enclosed Workspaces
Florida has amended its smoking laws to prohibit vaping, as well as smoking (which was already prohibited), in enclosed indoor workplaces.
Arizona Amends Mini-COBRA Law to Apply to Fewer Employers
Beginning July 27, 2019, Arizona employers with 1-19 employees that offer a fully insured group health insurance plan will be required to comply with the states mini-COBRA law.
Oklahoma Extends Voting Leave to In-person Absentee Voting
On May 6, 2019, Oklahoma amended its voting leave law to require employers to allow employees 2 hours of leave to cast their ballots on the day of an election or on a day legally designated as an absentee voting day.
San Francisco Minimum Wage to Increase July 1
Starting July 1, 2019, the minimum wage rate in San Francisco will increase to $15.59 per hour.
EEOC Will Collect 2017 and 2018 Pay Data
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is advising employers subject to the EEO-1 filing requirement to begin preparing to submit Component 2 data for calendar year 2017.
NM: New Law Limits Adverse Employer Actions on Medical Marijuana
Under a new law, effective June 14, 2019, New Mexico employers are generally prohibited from taking an adverse employment action against an applicant or employee based on conduct allowed under the state medical marijuana law.
New Mexico Employers Prohibited From Making Certain Arrest and Conviction Inquiries
Under a new law, New Mexico employers generally may not inquire about an applicants arrest or conviction history on a written or electronic employment application.
Maine Employers May Not Inquire About Prospective Employees Compensation History
Under a new law, Maine employers are generally prohibited from using or inquiring about a prospective employees compensation history from him or her or a current or former employer.
Clarifying California's Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Requirements
In 2018, California passed new sexual harassment prevention training requirements that impact California employers with 5 or more employees. To clear up misconceptions regarding those requirements, read this quick summary.
NM: Employers Must Soon Permit Employees to Use Sick Leave for Family Member Care
Under a new law, all New Mexico employers that provide employees with sick leave will generally be required to permit them to use the leave to care for family members, effective June 14, 2019.
Westchester County, NY Releases Key Information on Sick Leave Law
Westchester County, NY has released important new guidance on its sick leave law.
Many New Jersey Employers Must Soon Offer Pre-Tax Transportation Benefits
Under a new law, New Jersey employers with 20 or more employees will soon be required to offer pre-tax transportation benefits to their employees.
New York Employers Must Now Provide 3 Hours of Paid Voting Leave
As a result of a new law, New York employers must provide 3 hours of paid voting leave to their employees for any election. Additionally, employees must notify their employers of their need for time off to vote at least 2 working days before Election Day.
New Mexico Minimum Wage to Increase on January 1, 2020
The New Mexico minimum wage will increase on January 1, 2020.
Massachusetts: Certain Paid Family and Medical Leave Requirements Begin July 1, 2019
Massachusetts has released guidance explaining upcoming employer requirements for the states Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) law.
Maryland Minimum Wage to Increase on January 1, 2020
The Maryland minimum wage will increase on January 1, 2020.
DOL Proposes Changes to Federal Overtime Pay Exemptions
The U.S. Department of Labor is proposing to change the minimum salary that administrative, computer, executive, professional, and "highly compensated" employees must receive in order to be exempt from overtime pay under federal law.
More Employers to Be Subject to NJ Family Leave Act
Effective June 30, 2019, New Jersey's Family Leave Act will apply to employers with as few as 30 employees worldwide, down from the current 50-employee threshold.
Reminder: Creditable Coverage Disclosures Due to CMS by March 1 for Calendar-Year Plans
Employers that offer prescription drug coverage to Medicare-eligible individuals via acalendar-year plan generally must complete an online disclosure to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) by March 1.
Illinois Minimum Wage to Increase Twice in 2020
The minimum wage rate applicable to most employers in Illinois will increase twice in 2020.
Michigan Releases New Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Leave Posters
In response to new minimum wage and paid sick leave laws, Michigan has released new minimum wage and paid sick leave posters for Michigan employers to display in a conspicuous place accessible to employees.
New Jersey Minimum Wage to Increase on July 1
Certain New Jersey minimum wage rates will increase on July 1, 2019.
EEO-1 Reporting Deadline Pushed Back to May 31
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has pushed back the deadline by which employers are required to submit their 2018 EEO-1 data to May 31, 2019.
Electronic Submission of OSHA Form 300 and 301 Data No Longer Required
The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has rescinded its requirement that establishments with 250 or more employees annually electronically submit data from their OSHA Forms 300 and 301 to the agency.
DOL Increases Group Health Plan Notice Distribution Penalties
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has increased the penalties employers face for failing to furnish a Summary Plan Description (SPD), Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC), and Employer Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Notice.
Michigan's Paid Sick Leave Law Becomes Effective on March 29, 2019
The Michigan state legislature has announced that the state's paid sick leave law will become effective on March 29, 2019.
Michigan's Minimum Wage to Increase on March 29, 2019
The Michigan state legislature has announced that the effective date for the upcoming increase to the state's minimum wage is March 29, 2019.
Federal Income Tax Filing Season Begins January 28
The IRS will begin processing 2018 federal income tax returns on January 28, 2019.
Reminder: Post OSHA Form 300A Starting Feb. 1
Employers subject to OSHA's recordkeeping requirements are reminded to post their 2018 OSHA Form 300A from February 1April 30, 2019.
OSHA Form 300A Electronic Submission Deadline is March 2
Employers are reminded that they may be required to electronically submit information from their 2018 OSHA Forms 300A to OSHA by March 2, 2019.
DC: New Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Requirement Applies to Employers of Tipped Employees
Beginning July 1, 2019, District of Columbia (DC) employers with tipped employees must comply with a new requirement to provide sexual harassment prevention training.
Standard Mileage Rate to Increase in 2019
The optional standard mileage rate used to calculate the costs of operating a car, van, pickup truck, or panel truck for business purposes in 2019 will be 58 cents per mile.
Washington Employers Must Collect Paid Family and Medical Leave Premiums Starting Jan. 1
While paid family and medical leave (PFML) benefits do not become payable to employees until 2020, beginning January 1, 2019, Washington employers must start withholding PFML premiums equal to 0.4% of the employees gross wage from each employee's paycheck.
Delaware Releases Required Sexual Harassment Information Sheet
Delaware has released the sexual harassment information sheet that Delaware employers must begin distributing to employees in 2019.
NY: Minimum Salary for Administrative and Executive Overtime Exemptions Will Increase
The minimum salary required for administrative and executive employees to be exempt from overtime pay in New York State is set to increase.
Westchester County, NY Passes Sick Leave Law
Westchester County, NY has passed a sick leave law.
2019 QSEHRA Contribution Limit Announced
The IRS has announced that the contribution limit for qualified small employer health reimbursement arrangements (QSEHRAs) will be $5,150 per employee and $10,450 per family in 2019.
California Adjusts Overtime Exemption for Computer Software Employees
California has adjusted the minimum compensation rates that computer software employees must be paid to be exempt from state overtime pay requirements.
Arkansas's Minimum Wage to Rise in 2019
Effective January 1, 2019, Arkansas employers with 4 or more employees will generally be required to pay a minimum wage of at least $9.25 per hour to their regular employees and $2.63 per hour to their tipped employees.
Missouri's Minimum Wage to Rise in 2019
Effective January 1, 2019, Missouri employers will generally be required to pay a minimum wage of at least $8.60 per hour to their regular employees and $4.30 per hour to their tipped employees.
Certain Wellness Program Incentive Limits to be Eliminated on Jan. 1
Pursuant to a recent court ruling, effective January 1, 2019, certain limits on wellness program incentives will no longer be enforceable by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
Retirement Plan Contribution Limits Increased for 2019
The IRS has announced that the amounts employees can contribute to 401(k)s and IRAs will increase in 2019.
Many Massachusetts Employers Must Submit Health Insurance Form by Nov. 30
By November 30, Massachusetts employers with 6 or more employees must submit a Health Insurance Responsibility Disclosure (HIRD) form.
New Jersey's Earned Paid Sick Leave Law Now In Effect
Effective October 29, 2018, New Jersey employers are generally required to provide earned paid sick leave to each employee.
Alaska's Minimum Wage to Rise in 2019
Effective January 1, 2019, Alaska employers will generally be required to pay a minimum wage of at least $9.89 per hour to their employees.
New York State Increases Employee-Paid Premium Rate for Paid Family Leave
New York State has increased the employee-paid premium rate and annual cap under its Paid Family Leave law for 2019.
Earnings Subject to Social Security Tax to Increase in 2019
The Social Security Administration has announced that, effective January 1, 2019, the maximum amount of earnings subject to the Social Security tax will increase to $132,900.
Florida's Minimum Wage to Rise in 2019
Effective January 1, 2019, Florida employers will generally be required to pay a minimum wage of at least $8.46 per hour to their regular employees and $5.44 per hour to their tipped employees.
New Jersey Releases Leave Notice Due to Employees by Nov. 29
New Jersey has released the notice employers must provide to employees and post in the workplace regarding the state's new earned paid sick leave law.
Colorado Amends Consumer Data Protection Laws
Employers that maintain, own, or license personal identifying information (PII) of Colorado residents in the course of business must adhere to consumer data protection laws. There have been three major changes to these laws, which are currently in effect:
Arizona's New Mini-COBRA Law Effective January 1
Effective January 1, 2019, Arizona employers with 20 or fewer employees that offer a group health plan will generally be required to offer employees, their spouses, and their dependents COBRA coverage pursuant to a new state law.
San Diego's Minimum Wage to Rise in 2019
Effective January 1, 2019, San Diego employers will generally be required to pay a minimum wage of at least $12.00 per hour to their employees.
Vermont's Minimum Wage to Rise in 2019
Effective January 1, 2019, Vermont employers will generally be required to pay a minimum wage of at least $10.78 per hour to their regular employees and $5.39 per hour to their tipped employees.
Colorado's Minimum Wage to Rise in 2019
Effective January 1, 2019, Colorado employers will generally be required to pay a minimum wage of at least $11.10 per hour to their regular employees and $8.08 per hour to their tipped employees.
New York State Releases Final Model Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Program and Policy
New York State has released finalized versions of its model sexual harassment prevention training program and model sexual harassment prevention policy.
Montana's Minimum Wage to Rise in 2019
Effective January 1, 2019, Montana employers will generally be required to pay a minimum wage of at least $8.50 per hour to their employees.
Ohio's Minimum Wage to Rise in 2019
Effective January 1, 2019, Ohio employers will generally be required to pay a minimum wage of at least $8.55 per hour to regular employees and $4.30 per hour to tipped employees.
South Dakota's Minimum Wage to Rise in 2019
Effective January 1, 2019, South Dakota employers will generally be required to pay employees a minimum wage of at least $9.10 per hour to regular employees and $4.55 per hour to tipped employees.
Paid Family and Medical Leave Tax Credit Guidance Released
The Internal Revenue Service has issued guidance to employers wishing to claim the Paid Family and Medical Leave Tax Credit for tax years 2018 and 2019.
Illinois Enacts New Military Leave Law
Effective January 1, 2019, a new law in Illinois requires employers to provide military leave to service member employees.
Updated Consumer Report Notice Required Sept. 21
Beginning September 21, 2018, an updated Summary of Consumer Rights notice must be provided when required under the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).
Delaware Passes New Sexual Harassment Law
Delaware has passed a new sexual harassment law, effective January 1, 2019, that generally applies to Delaware employers with 4 or more employees.
California Releases Sample Sexual Harassment Prevention Policy
California has released a sample sexual harassment prevention policy for employer use.
New Expiration Date for Certain Model FMLA Notices is Aug. 31, 2021
The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division has updated the expiration date of several model federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) notices to August 31, 2021.
Minnesotas Minimum Wage to Rise in 2019
Effective January 1, 2019, Minnesota employers with annual gross revenues of $500,000 or more will generally be required to pay employees a minimum wage of at least $9.86 per hour. Minnesota employers with annual gross revenues of less than $500,000 will generally be required to pay employees a minimum wage of at least $8.04 per hour.
South Carolina Updates Employment Discrimination Poster
South Carolina has updated its employment discrimination poster to include required language regarding pregnancy accommodations.
Delaware Adjusts Minimum Wage Increase Effective Date
Delaware has adjusted its minimum wage increase to $8.75 per hour to take effect on January 1, 2019.
Court Strikes Down Parts of CA Immigration Law
As a result of a recent federal district court ruling, California employers are no longer prohibited from:
Massachusetts Adopts Paid Family and Medical Leave Program
Massachusetts has adopted a paid family and medical leave program, which will be funded by a payroll tax that becomes effective July 1, 2019.
Massachusetts Raises Minimum Wage
Under a new law in Massachusetts, the minimum wage will increase as follows:
New Hampshire Amends Wage Payment Timing Law
Under a new law, effective July 29, 2018, New Hampshire employers generally must pay wages within:
NM: Minimum Wage Rates for Santa Fe City and County Increased
The minimum wage rate for the City of Santa Fe, New Mexico has increased to $11.40 per hour. Additionally, the minimum wage rate for Santa Fe County has increased to $11.40 per hour ($3.41 per hour for tipped employees). These increased rates are currently in effect.
South Carolina Enacts Pregnancy Accommodation Law
South Carolina has enacted a new law that prohibits employers with 15 or more employees from discriminating against employees with medical needs arising from pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions.
NYC Enacts New Sexual Harassment Training, Poster, and Information Sheet Requirements
New York City has enacted new sexual harassment training, poster, and notice requirements for employers.
New Jersey Passes Equal Pay Law
A new state law expands coverage of existing law to prohibit discrimination in wages on the basis of any protected class.
Massachusetts Limits Certain Criminal History Inquiries
Massachusetts has limited certain inquiries into criminal history.
Maine Releases Sexual Harassment Training Checklist
Maine has released a sexual harassment training checklist, which certain employers must use to develop a sexual harassment training program.
San Francisco Amends 'Ban the Box' Law
San Francisco has amended its "Ban the Box" law to prohibit employers with 5 or more employees from inquiring about, discussing, or requiring disclosure of an applicant's conviction history until after a conditional offer of employment. This amendment is effective October 1, 2018.
Virginia: Employees Terminated for Gross Misconduct Ineligible for Mini-COBRA
Virginia has amended its mini-COBRA law to exclude covered employees terminated for gross misconduct.
Car Dealership Service Advisors Ruled Exempt From Federal Overtime Pay Requirements
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that service advisorsemployees at car dealerships who consult with customers about their servicing needs and sell them servicing solutionsare exempt from the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime pay requirements. However, employers of service advisors are reminded that these employees may still be eligible for overtime pay under state law.
Virginia Expands National Guard Employment Protections
A  new law in Virginia expands certain National Guard employment protections (i.e., leave, reemployment, and nondiscrimination) to any person who is a member of the National Guard of another state who is employed or seeking employment in Virginia.
New York Paid Family Leave: Updated Guidance on Deductions and Voluntary Coverage
New York has updated two provisions of its paid family leave guidance regarding deductions from employees' wages and voluntary coverage.
Washington Passes 'Ban the Box' Law
Washington has passed a "Ban the Box" law. The law is expected to take effect on June 7, 2018.
Maryland Releases Updated Sick and Safe Leave Poster and Model Policies
Maryland has released an updated poster and model policies regarding its sick and safe leave law, which is currently in effect.
Massachusetts Issues Guidance and Questions and Answers on Pregnant Workers Fairness Act
Massachusetts has issued guidance and Q&As on its Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, which takes effect April 1, 2018.
Massachusetts Issues Guidance on Amended Equal Pay Law
Massachusetts has issued new guidance regarding its amended equal pay law.
New York Restricts Vaping in Places of Employment
A new law in New York includes vaping in existing legal provisions restricting smoking in certain places of employment.
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