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Maryland Paid Sick Leave Takes Effect February 11, 2018

The Maryland Earned Sick and Safe Leave (ESS) law will go into effect on February 11, 2018 unless the General Assembly acts to delay its implementation. Here are the basic details: Employers with 15 or more employees in Maryland must provide up to five (5) days of paid sick leave per year. Employers with 14 or fewer employees must grant …

New York Paid Family Leave Effective January 1, 2018

Effective January 1, 2018, all employees working in New York will be covered by the state’s temporary disability insurance law which provides eligible employees with paid, job protected leave of absence. Details on this program: This is an employee-funded program. Eligible employees who have worked for 26 or more consecutive weeks will be eligible …

Potential ACA Impacts of the Tax Reform Bill

Information from our partner Cigna contributed to this email. On 12/2/17 the Senate passed an amended version of the House bill (passed on 11/16/17). Health Care Reform Affected by this Bill The Senate bill includes a permanent repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) individual mandate, beginning in 2019. The House bill did not have any provisions …

2018 Minimum Wage Increases: Impacted States and Details

Beginning on 12/31/17, minimum wage increases will affect many states across the country. As a reminder, the current federal minimum wage is $7.25/hour under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) while the minimum wage for federal contractors in 2018 is $10.35 per hour. Important Note: Employers are subjected to paying a higher rate if state and local …

IRS Sets HDHPs & HSA Limits for 2018

The IRS has announced the annual Health Savings Account (HSA) contribution limits and High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) minimum deductible and maximum out-of-pocket limits that will apply in 2018. Individual contributions are increasing from $3,400 to $3,450. Maximum contributions for family plans are increasing from $6,750 to $6,900. High deductible …

ACA Repeal and Replace Dead for 2017: What’s Next?

The Graham-Cassidy bill, which would have repealed and replaced components of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) expires on 9/30/17 without enough support for a vote by the Senate. The ACA Remains in Full Effect Continued compliance with the ACA is required at this time. We will continue to monitor any upcoming regulations affecting employers. Those components …

IRS Mileage Rates for 2017

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently released its mileage allowances for 2017 for business, medical and moving. Beginning on Jan. 1, 2017, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be: 53.5 cents per mile for business miles driven, down from 54 cents for 2016 17 cents per mile driven for …

Baltimore to Raise Minimum Wage to $15/Hour

At the time of this writing, the minimum wage in Maryland is $8.75 per hour and set to rise to $10.10 an hour by 2018. This rate applies to all businesses in the City of Baltimore with two or more employees. Based upon legislation passed in 2014, minimum wage will continue to increase to $9.25 in July 2017, and then …

Obamacare Replacement News

On 3/6/17, proposed legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) passed in the Senate. We understand that you will have many questions as to how this will affect your business. A quick snapshot of proposed changes are as follows: Both the employer and individual mandates to be eliminated This would also remove the penalties associated …

New USCIS M-274 Handbook Released: I-9 Guidance

The newly revised USCIS M-274 Handbook for Employers—Guidance for Completing Form I-9 is now available for download. This version, which published Jan. 22, 2017, replaces the previous version which was published on April 30, 2013. It reflects revisions to Form I-9, which was revised on Nov. 14, 2016. DOWNLOAD USCIS M-274 HANDBOOK The new 65-page …

FAR Privacy Training Required for Federal Contractors

Effective January 19th, 2017, the final FAR rule requires privacy training for federal contractors and any of their subcontract employees who handle personally identifiable information (PII). PII includes information that can be used to trace an individual’s identity such as date and place of birth, mother’s maiden name, social security number, …

New Form I-9 Must be Utilized Starting January 22, 2017

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is requiring all employers in the United States to use the new version of the Form I-9 exclusively by January 22, 2017 to conduct employment eligibility verification.  This new form was released in November 2016. Employers may continue using the current Form I-9 with a revision date of …
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