Category Archives: Blog

FLSA Overtime Rule On Hold

A federal judge in Texas has halted the DOL’s new federal overtime rule, which was scheduled to take effect December 1, 2016 and would have raised the exempt salary threshold from $23,660 to $47,476. For now, the overtime rule will not take effect as planned December 1, 2016 but may still be implemented at a later date. Employers may …

Effective December 1, 2016 – DOL’s Overtime Final Rule

The Department of Labor (DOL) issued the Overtime Final Rule that updates the regulations determining which white-collar, salaried employees are entitled to the Fair Labor Standards Act’s minimum wage and overtime pay protections. The rule increases the salary threshold below which most white-collar, salaried workers are entitled to overtime …

Maryland Expands Equal Pay Act Effective October 1, 2016

Effective October 1, 2016, employers may not discriminate against an employee in any occupation by paying wages to an employee of one sex or gender at a rate less than the rate paid to employees of another sex or gender if both employees work in the same establishment and perform comparable work.  The Maryland Equal Pay Act requires employers …

VETS 4212 and EEO-1 Reports Due Soon

This is a reminder that the VETS-4212 and EEO-1 Reports are due annually on September 30th Who is Required to Submit the EEO-1 Report? The EEO-1 report is a collection of workforce data from employers with 100 or more (lower thresholds apply to federal contractors) employees.  The EEO-1 report applies to employers with more than 100 employees or …

Employers: Here’s a Mid-Year Affordable Care Act Refresher

The following information was received from the IRS on 7/14/16. As an employer, the size and structure of your workforce helps determine which parts of the health care law apply to your business. Work forces typically fluctuate, so it’s important to annually determine the size of your workforce.  The number of employees you have during the current …

OFCCP Announces Final Sex Discrimination Rule

The following information was received from the DOL on 6/14/16. OFCCP Announces its Final Rule Updating Sex Discrimination Guidelines Today, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) announced a Final Rule that sets forth the requirements that covered contractors must meet under the provisions of Executive Order 11246 that prohibit …

Who Benefits from the New Overtime Rule?

The following is taken from the Official US DOL Blog dated 5/18/16 Today, the Department of Labor issued a new rule that updates the regulations determining which white-collar, salaried employees are entitled to the Fair Labor Standards Act’s minimum wage and overtime pay protections. The rule increases the salary threshold below which most white-collar, …

OSHA’s Final Electronic Recordkeeping Rule

OSHA’s Final Recordkeeping Rule to Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses rule will be published in the Federal Register Thursday, May 12, 2016. Under a final rule that becomes effective January 1, 2017, OSHA will revise …

Paid Parental Leave Across the US

At the time of this writing, the US is the only industrialized nation that does not guarantee paid maternity or parental leave to workers. NY, CA, RI, NJ, in addition to individual companies are beginning to make a changes to paid family leave policies. On 4/6/16, San Francisco became the first US city to mandate paid parental leave for mothers …

6 Things to Know: Employer Shared Responsibility Provisions

The following information was received from the IRS on 3/23/16 UPDATE: March 23, 2016: Item #4 was updated to indicate that you are subject to the payment if at least one full-time employee receives the premium tax credit and any one of these conditions apply. Six Things to Know about the Employer Shared Responsibility Provisions The health care law …

Launch of CareFirst Video Visit: Effective 3/1/16

Effective March 1, 2016 CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield has launched CareFirst Video Visit. The video visit is initiated by the member and is positioned as part of CareFirst’s Total Care and Cost Improvement (TCCI) philosophy which increases access and removes barriers to care. What is CareFirst Video Visit? When your primary care provider (PCP) …

ACA Final Regulations on 2017 Benefit and Payment Parameters

The following information was received from our partner Cigna on 3/2/16 On February 29, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued final regulations that address a wide range of benefit and payment parameters under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), effective for plan years beginning on or after January 1, 2017. The final regulations include …
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