Benefit Beat - 2011 through current

Benefit Beat - 2011 through current

New York City’s Department of Consumer and Worker Protection has released a multilingual and comprehensive guide to workers’ rights in the workplace in New York City.
On April 20, 2024, Governor Hochul signed multiple pieces of legislation to implement the state’s 2025 budget which includes paid prenatal leave.
Oregon governor Tina Kotek signed a law amending Oregon’s Family Leave Act (OFLA) to reduce redundancies between OFLA and Paid Leave Oregon (PLO).
The Governor of Maryland has signed a law delaying the contribution and benefit dates of the paid family leave program.
Recently issued IRS Fact Sheet 2024-13 provides guidance on the tax treatment of work-life referral (WLR) services provided by employers to employees under a work-life referral program.
A 2018 rule that expanded the definition of association health plans (AHPs), has been rescinded. As a reminder, AHPs exist when two or more unrelated employers participate in a single plan.
On April 26, 2024, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Civil Rights (OCR) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) issued a final rule under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
As you may recall, the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (IRA) changed the Medicare Part D program (prescription drug benefit program). Highlights are described below.
On April 23, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued its final rule regarding the salary threshold for overtime exemptions under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The final rule, “Defining and Delimiting the Exemptions for Executive, Administrative, Professional, Outside Sales and Computer Employees” makes changes to salary requirements for highly compensated employees (HCEs) and exempt employees and extends overtime protections.
May 02, 2024Ready, Set PWFA
On April 19, 2024, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued its final rule to implement the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA). The PWFA, took effect on June 27, 2023, and requires covered employers to provide reasonable accommodations to the known limitations of an employee for pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions, unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship. The PWFA generally applies to public and private employers employing fifteen or more employees.
The Department of Labor (DOL) issued its final rule related to investment advice. Plans subject to ERISA must comply with ERISA’s fiduciary standards. Providing investment advice for a fee is a fiduciary act. These regulations clarify when an investment professional is acting in a fiduciary capacity.
Washington Saves, a state-facilitated auto-IRA program is signed into law by Governor Inslee on March 28, 2024.
The Illinois Day and Temporary Labor Services Act provides that, as of April 1, 2024, previously August 4, 2023, day and temporary labor service agencies must pay day and temporary laborers who work for a third-party client for 90 calendar days or more, at the least the same wages and benefits as an equivalent employee directly hired by the third-party employer at the same worksite.
Employers subject to San Francisco’s Health Care Security Ordinance (HCSO) are required to annually report their health care expenditures to the Office of Labor Standards Enforcement (OLSE).
As of January 1, 2024, California’s Healthy Workplaces/Healthy Families Act requires employers to provide employees at least 40 hours/5 days of paid sick leave per year, up from 24 hours/3 days in previous years. See prior Benefit Beat article here.