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 -
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New Illinois Employee Sick Leave Act Mandates Greater Flexibility on Use of Leave Benefits

The Illinois Employee Sick Leave Act (Public Act 99-0841) requires Illinois employers who provide personal sick leave benefits to their employees to allow employees to take such leave for absences due to the illness, injury,...more

Accessibility for Ontarians With Disabilities Act, 2005, Part III: What Are My Obligations as a Private-Sector Employer Under the...

This is the third and final installment in a three-part series of articles focused on employers’ duties under Ontario’s Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA). Part one addressed the scope and...more

Seattle Mayor’s Office Proposes Predictable Scheduling Law

The Seattle Mayor’s Office has proposed a Secure Scheduling Proposal that would require certain large employers operating within Seattle city limits to give their hourly workers advance notice of their schedules and to pay...more

Religious Institutions Update: August 2016

When was the last time your organization reviewed your insurance policies? Not all policies are equal. Many religious organizations are underinsured. Most should have general liability, property, professional liability,...more

Wage Wars – Philadelphia’s Wage Theft Ordinance Goes Into Effect

On July 1, 2016, the City of Philadelphia’s new Wage Theft Ordinance went into effect. In substance, the Ordinance provides employees who fall within the scope of the Ordinance another means for seeking to recover unpaid...more

New IRS Guidance on Collection of TINs for ACA Information Reporting

Recently proposed IRS regulations aim to clarify lingering questions about steps employers with self-insured health plans must take to collect and report the taxpayer identification number (TIN) of covered individuals in...more

New Massachusetts Pay Equity Act Calls for Employers to Examine Compensation and Hiring Practices

In a step that should immediately spur employers to review their compensation and hiring practices, Massachusetts recently enacted legislation that changes considerably the state's rules prohibiting gender-based pay...more

Union Organizing at Retail and Food Service Businesses Gets Boost from New York City “Labor Peace” Executive Order

Summary of the Executive Order - New York City retail and food service unions got a boost recently when Mayor Bill de Blasio signed an Executive Order titled “Labor Peace for Retail Establishments at City Development...more

Massachusetts Leave Entitlements Change Yet Again

Massachusetts long has required that employers provide leave to military veterans wanting to participate in Veterans Day or Memorial Day exercises, parades, or services in their communities of residence. Previously, employers...more

Massachusetts Passes Legislation Aimed at Correcting Gender-Related Pay Imbalances

Massachusetts will join California and New York in attempting to close the pay gap between men and women in the workplace. The Massachusetts Legislature unanimously passed a pay equity law (“Pay Equity Law”) that was signed...more

Seattle Ballot Initiative Targets Hotel Industry

According to Ballotpedia, 140 state ballot initiatives in 35 states have already been certified for the November 8, 2016 election. This number does not include the many city-wide measures that will be before voters on...more

Traps for the Unwary: Does Your Employee Handbook Comply with the Affordable Care Act?

Do you think you’ve complied with the Affordable Care Act mandates? Before you answer yes, you’d best take a close look at your Employee Handbook – a minefield for mistakes....more

New Massachusetts Pay Equity Law

On Monday, August 1, 2016, Governor Baker of Massachusetts signed into law a bill strengthening protections against gender-based discrimination in the pay provided to employees for “comparable work”. The statute (the “Pay...more

A Closer Look at Massachusetts’s Pay Equity Law

We recently reported on the sweeping pay equity legislation that garnered much attention throughout the most recent legislative session in Massachusetts. After much anticipation, this week Governor Charlie Baker signed the...more

How Can My Property Comply With All These New Minimum Wage & Sick Leave Laws?

In order to ensure compliance with the California Paid Sick Leave Law (CA Sick Leave), Los Angeles Minimum Wage Ordinance (City Ordinance), Los Angeles County Minimum Wage Ordinance (County Ordinance) and Los Angeles Citywide...more

New Louisiana Laws Will Impact Employers

In recent months, the Louisiana Legislature has passed several bills that have been signed into law, which will affect Louisiana employers. These new laws are effective August 1. In addition, the governor signed an executive...more

OSHA Delays Enforcement Date for New Workplace Injury and Illness Reporting Rule

Seyfarth Synopsis: After a lawsuit was filed against OSHA challenging its May 2016 retaliation and recordkeeping rule, OSHA announced a three month delay in the rule’s effective date. OSHA announced yesterday that it has...more

OSHA Rulemaking Increases Reporting Obligations

Beginning in 2017, employers will be required to affirmatively submit to OSHA whatever injury/illness information and forms they were already required to compile....more

The ACA’s Health Insurance Marketplace Begins Reaching Out To Employers

Last week, employers began receiving notices from the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace / Exchange regarding employees who applied for Exchange coverage and were determined eligible for a tax subsidy to defray part of the...more

OSHA's Policy Mandates for ALL Employers Require Compliance by August 10, 2016

Last month, we published an article explaining the amendments to the recordkeeping requirements issued by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regarding new mandatory electronic...more

Issue 100: Agencies Propose ACA Regulations on Expatriate Plans and Excepted Benefits

This is the one-hundredth issue in our health care reform series of alerts for employers on selected topics in health care reform. (Our general summary of health care reform and other issues in this series can be accessed by...more

Preparing for the MANDATORY Digital Age of Workplace Injury Reporting You are about to be "Nudged"

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration ("OSHA") issued a final rule last month that will require certain employers to participate in electronic data collection and reporting of recordable workplace injuries and...more

Tribal Employment and Jobs Protection Act Seeks to Exempt Native American Tribes from ACA

The Tribal Employment and Jobs Protection Act (H.R. 3080) could have a big impact on tribes if it becomes law. The legislation, which was passed by the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee June 15, seeks to exempt Native...more

The Employment Law Authority - May/June 2016

The minimum salary threshold to qualify for the executive, administrative, and professional exemptions to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) will more than double on December 1, 2016, from $23,660 per year to $47,476 per...more

Employers Should Evaluate Safety Incentive Programs and Drug Testing Policies in Light of New OSHA Rule

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently published a final rule revising its recordkeeping and reporting regulation to specifically state that employer policies for reporting workplace injuries and...more

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