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Protecting Affordable Coverage for Employees (PACE) Act is Law

On 10/1/15, the Protecting Affordable Coverage for Employees (PACE) Act was signed by both the Senate and House. President Obama then signed the PACE Act into law on 10/8/15. Keep reading to find out why this is critical for employers. Importance of PACE Act: Small Employer/Small Group Definition Under the ACA as currently written, the small employer/small …

Maryland Intern Protection Law Effective 10/1/15

Legislation protecting unpaid interns from employment discrimination will go into effect on 10/1/15. In order to be covered by this new law, the employer and the intern must agree that: the intern will not be monetarily compensated for the work performed. the intern will not displace an employee. the intern position is to provide opportunities supplemental …

DC Employers Must Offer Commuter Benefits by 1/1/16

The following information is part of the goDCgo Employer Transit Benefits Toolkit. A link to this valuable PDF can be found below. As part of The Sustainable DC Act of 2014, the District of Columbia is excited to announce a new Commuter Benefits Ordinance which requires businesses with more than 20 employees located in Washington, DC to offer commuter …

OFCCP Announces Final Rule to Promote Pay Transparency

This information was received from the DOL on 9/10/15. The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) is publishing a Final Rule that promotes pay transparency by prohibiting federal contractors and subcontractors from discharging, or otherwise discriminating against their employees or job applicants for discussing, disclosing, or inquiring …

EEO-1 and VETS-4212 Reporting Deadline 9/30/15

This is a reminder that the VETS-4212 and EEO-1 Reports are due annually on September 30th NOTE: The EEO-1 Joint Reporting Committee has extended the deadline for all EEO-1 Report Filers from September 30, 2015 to October 30, 2015. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS Who is Required to Submit the EEO-1 Report? The EEO-1 report is a collection of …

2015 Instructions/Forms for IRS Reporting Requirements

UPDATE: Links to final forms are now available. The buttons within this blog have been updated as of 10/13/15. Additional information can be found in our blog post IRS Tax Tip: 2016 Reporting Deadlines for Employers and Health Coverage Providers. The following information was received from our partner Cigna on 7/31/15  On August 7, 2015 the Internal …

Second 40% Excise Tax (“Cadillac Tax”) Notice Issued

The following information was received from our partner Cigna on 7/31/15 40% Excise Tax (“Cadillac Tax”) Notice  On July 30, the Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued a second notice regarding the 40% Excise Tax a.k.a. the Cadillac Tax. The notice provides information on possible approaches that are being considered …

USCIS Developing New Electronic I-9 Form to Catch Errors

It is imperative that companies take Form I-9 compliance seriously. An events-planning company was recently hit with a $600K fine after an ICE audit. Make sure the Form I-9 is filled out properly and completely, and that the employee has verified and signed it within 3 days of hire. Read more about this in the SHRM article Company Hit with …

Same-Sex Marriage: Impact for Employers

On June 26, 2015 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that all states must allow sex-same couples to marry and must recognize same-sex marriages lawfully performed in other jurisdictions. If you reside in a state that previously banned same-sex marriage, that state must now recognize same-sex marriages that have been lawfully performed. Impact for Employers Many …

OFCCP Announces Outreach and Education Poster

This information was received from the DOL on 8/3/15 OFCCP, based on feedback received during stakeholder listening sessions, recently developed an outreach and education poster. Copies may be downloaded by clicking on the button below, or by contacting OFCCP’s Help Desk at 800.397.6521. Developed to increase public awareness of OFCCP and its …

OFCCP Compliance Regulations: Federal Contractors Take Note

Written by Patti Trimpin, FosterThomas HR Consultant Keeping up with OFCCP Compliance Regulations As a Human Resource professional I understand how difficult it is to keep up with the constant changes to OFCCP compliance regulations.  Federal contractors and subcontractors have many obligations to contend with, particularly when it comes to the hiring …

Maryland: Paid Sick Leave Legislation

The following information is taken from the Montgomery County Council press release of 6/24/15. The Montgomery County Council unanimously approved Bill 60-14 that will require most employers doing business in the County to provide earned sick and safe leave to employees for work performed in the County. Enactment of the bill makes Montgomery County …

Updated Veterans Self-ID Form and FAQs

OFCCP Posts Two FAQs on Inviting Veteran Self-Identification and the New VETS-4212 Form **Please scroll to the bottom of this post to download the most recent Veterans Self-ID form (Pre and Post Offer)** In response to contractor inquiries, OFCCP has posted two Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding the new VETS-4212 reporting form and the requirement …

ACA Updates: Summary of Benefits and Coverage

The following information was received from The Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration on 6/12/15 Below you will find links to final regulations regarding the summary of benefits and coverage (SBC) and the uniform glossary for group health plans and health insurance coverage in the group and individual markets under the Patient …

Massachusetts Earned Sick Leave Law Takes Effect 7/1/15

The following information was taken from the Massachusetts government website (www.mass.gov). Massachusetts has followed California (California Healthy Workplace Healthy Family Act/Paid Sick Leave) with a new Earned Sick Leave law. The earned sick time law, M.G.L. c. 149 § 148C, was approved by the voters on November 4, 2014. The law entitles employees …
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