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Employer Mandates

Employer Mandates is a term commonly used to describe employer insurance obligations under the Affordable Care Act. Under the Affordable Care Act, employers with 50 or more employees are required to provide... more +
Employer Mandates is a term commonly used to describe employer insurance obligations under the Affordable Care Act. Under the Affordable Care Act, employers with 50 or more employees are required to provide minimum essential insurance coverage to their employees or else pay statutory penalties. The concept of an employer mandate is not unique to the Affordable Care Act; many EU countries have their own versions with different and/or expanded employer obligations.  less -

Rhode Island Employees May Soon Be Entitled to Paid Sick Time

On September 19, 2017, the Rhode Island General Assembly approved a bill that would require, with limited exception, all Rhode Island employers with 18 or more employees to provide their employees with paid sick time. The...more

Minimum employment standards: get it right or pay

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The topic of immigration – and particularly migrant labour – has recently been broadly canvassed in the media with all the election coverage. In the employment law context, the situation of migrant workers is unfortunately...more

Minnesota Court of Appeals Declines to Block Minneapolis Sick-Time Ordinance

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Minnesota Court of Appeals has ruled that the City of Minneapolis (“City”) may continue to enforce its Sick and Safe Time Ordinance (“Ordinance”) against employers that reside within city limits while a lawsuit...more

You Don’t Be THAT Person on Someone Else’s Holiday

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Today marks Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year and one of the holiest days of the Jewish year. But it’s a day of business to many....more

Department of Labor Releases New Pregnancy Discrimination Poster

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Last week I talked about the new state law regarding pregnancy discrimination that is going into effect on October 1, 2017. In that post, I mentioned a new notice that was required to comply with the law....more

Some States and Municipalities Begin the Ban on Salary History Inquiries

by Bryan Cave on

Many employers base an employee’s pay on his or her past salary. Applicants are typically asked, either on the application or during an interview, how much they made in their previous job(s). Critics of this practice...more

California Employment Law Bills Sent to Governor’s Desk

Several California labor and employment law bills passed in both the state assembly and senate on or before the September 15, 2017, legislative deadline. Governor Brown will have until October 15, 2017, to sign or veto these...more

Employer Alert: Reporting Requirements for All New or Rehired California Employees

by Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP on

All California employers must report their newly hired or rehired employees who work in California to the California Employment Development Department (EDD). Reporting is done using the EDD’s Report of New Employees form,...more

San Diego Enacts Pay Equity Ordinance for City Contractors

The City of San Diego joined a growing list of state and local jurisdictions by enacting a pay equity ordinance on July 31, 2017. The Equal Pay Ordinance requires city contractors to certify in writing that they will...more

“Understanding Your IRS Notice or Letter”

by Balch & Bingham LLP on

That’s the title of a web page that employers may find helpful upon receipt of an IRS communication asserting liability for employer mandate taxes under Code § 4980H. It should have an official notice (“CP”) or letter...more

IRS Will Enforce Employer Mandate Regardless Of Any Executive Orders

by Fisher Phillips on

You may recall that President Trump signed an executive order on the day of his inauguration directing all agencies to minimize the economic burden of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) pending its repeal. You may recall also that...more

Two Weeks Until New Protections for Pregnant Employees Become Effective

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

For those unfamiliar with the way a lot of Connecticut laws get implemented, October 1st could seem like just another day. (Though for my kids, they would be impressed that it was a different October 1st in 1982 that EPCOT...more

Consolidating labor-employer discussions - draft executive orders published

by DLA Piper on

On 31 August 2017, the administration revealed the five draft executive orders issued pursuant to the law authorizing consolidation of labor-employer discussions, which the Constitutional Council (Conseil d’état) upheld with...more

Employer Resource Guide to the New York State Paid Family Leave Benefits Law

by Epstein Becker & Green on

On July 19, 2017, the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board (“WCB” or the “Board”) issued its final regulations (“Regulations”) for the New York Paid Family Leave Benefits Law (“PFLBL” or “Law”), which, effective January...more

Preparing for the New Massachusetts Equal Pay Law, Part I: Whether, When, and How to Conduct a Pay Equity Audit

The July 1, 2018, implementation date for the amendments to the Massachusetts Equal Pay Act (MEPA) is less than a year away. The amendments approved in 2016 will bring about substantial changes to the definition of...more

Health Care Reform Roundup – Issue 9

After health care reform efforts failed in late-Spring/early-Summer, things have been quiet. However, Congress returned to DC this week. Although legislative focus now appears to be on general tax reform, we expect some...more

New York State Paid Family Leave Law Update: Tax Guidance Issued

The New York State Paid Family Leave Law (PFL) will go into effect on January 1, 2018, requiring virtually all private employers in New York to provide paid family leave benefits to eligible employees. As employers begin the...more

Out of Sight, Out of Mind...But Don’t Forget the Possibility of ACA Retaliation Claims

While many were hoping that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would finally be dead by now, and others are lamenting the fact that the “repeal-and-replace” attempts have fallen by the wayside, we thought it may be worthwhile to...more

Recent changes in Romanian employment legislation

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Tighter rules for recording work hours and illegal work - Government Emergency Ordinance 53/2017 amending the Labour Code - - Illegal work is now defined and includes accepting a person to work (i) without entering...more

Employee Benefits Developments - August 2017

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

The Employee Benefits practice group is pleased to present the Benefits Developments Newsletter for the month of August, 2017. Affordable Care Act – “I’m not dead yet!” - The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act...more

No Relief in Sight: Amendments to Bill 148 Provide Little Good News for Ontario Employers

The Ontario government is proceeding full steam ahead with its plans to push through some significant changes to the province’s labour and employment legislative framework. The government introduced Bill 148 (Fair Workplaces,...more

Higher Health & Safety fines are a new reality

by DLA Piper on

On 22 August, the first fine was imposed on a business for breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015. While these fines cannot be insured, the 6-fold increase in penalties under the new Act will change defence strategy...more

[Webinar] Update on OSHA's Electronic Recordkeeping and Anti-Retaliation Rule - September 12th, 1:00pm ET

by Conn Maciel Carey LLP on

OSHA’s controversial Electronic Injury and Illness Recordkeeping data submission rule, along with new Anti-Retaliation elements, has thus far survived a barrage of negative stakeholder comments during the rulemaking, multiple...more

IRS Reminder that ACA Employer and Individual Tax Penalties Are Not Waived

by Dickinson Wright on

With all the heated rhetoric surrounding the Affordable Care Act ("ACA"), including the President's Executive Order issued on January 20, 2017 and the recent efforts to repeal and replace the law, employers and individuals...more

New York's Paid Family Leave Benefits Law

by Murtha Cullina on

Some states, such as Connecticut, provide for unpaid family and medical leave greater than that provided by federal FMLA. New York is about to join California in providing paid family leave. ...more

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