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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 …

OSHA 300A Posting Begins February 1st

A reminder from OSHA.gov  The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is reminding employers to post OSHA Form 300A, which lists a summary of the total number of job-related injuries and illnesses that occurred during 2015. The form must be posted between Feb. 1 and April 30, 2016. Details for OSHA 300A Posting and Completion OSHA 300A posting …

ACA Extensions – Form 1095-B and Form 1095-C Details

The following information was received from the IRS on 12/29/15 Facts for ALEs about New Information Statements to be Filed in 2016 Today, the IRS issued Notice 2016-4 extending by two months the due dates for 2015 information reporting requirements under sections 6055 and 6056 of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) for applicable large employers (ALEs). The …

Cadillac Tax Delayed for Two Years

The following information was received from our partner, Cigna, on 12/18/15. We have added emphasis and adjusted the look for easier understanding for our readers. Today, Congress passed a two-year delay of the 40 percent excise tax on high-cost employer-sponsored health plans, also known as the “Cadillac Tax.” This delay was part of a year-end …

DC Proposed Legislation on Universal Leave: 16 Weeks Paid

The Washington DC Council has proposed legislation that would provide 16 weeks paid family and medical leave to replace the current DC FMLA unpaid leave. The proposed bill would apply to all District of Columbia residents, and those employed in the District. This proposed legislation stems from the Universal Paid Leave Act of 2015, which amends …
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