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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 -

Massachusetts Attorney General Issues Guidance on New Equal Pay Law

On March 1, 2018, the Massachusetts Attorney General (AG) issued detailed guidance on the amendments to the Massachusetts Equal Pay Act (MEPA), which are set to go into effect on July 1, 2018. The amendments, which were...more

MD DLLR Provides New Information on Healthy Working Families Act

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

The DLLR recently issued new guidance concerning the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act for employers. The new guidance takes the form of sample policies and updated or new responses to the previously posted frequently...more

Highlights of the Alberta Employment Standards Code Update

The province of Alberta, Canada, enacted significant revisions to its Employment Standards Code effective January 1, 2018, overhauling its foundational employment laws for the first time in almost 30 years. Canadian...more

What’s on Your Bulletin Board? Federal Contractor and Subcontractor Posting Requirements

Federal contractors and subcontractors must post certain information to inform job seekers and/or employees of applicable policies, regulations, and laws. During a compliance review by the Office of Federal Contract...more

What You Need to Know About Austin’s New Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

by Winstead PC on

On February 15, 2018, the Austin City Council approved a new ordinance requiring private employers in Austin to provide paid sick leave for employees—a first for Texas cities. The Ordinance, which is not effective until...more

China (Mainland): Employment and Labor Update

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In China, employment relationships are governed mainly by the Labor Law of the People’s Republic of China (LLPRC) and the Employment Contract Law of the People’s Republic of China (ECLPRC) The LLPRC was enacted on January 1,...more

Employee Capital Plans

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On February 15, 2018 the long awaited draft of the Act on Employee Capital Plans (Polish acronym: PPK) was published. According to the draft, on January 1, 2019 the largest employers may be faced with an obligation to set up...more

New York City Updates Its Requirements for Reasonable Accommodations in Places of Public Accommodation

by Genova Burns LLC on

On January 19, 2018, New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio signed into law an amendment to the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL) requiring employers and operators of public accommodations and housing in New York City to...more

Latest Challenge to Affordable Care Act Arises in Idaho

The decision of Blue Cross of Idaho to offer health insurance plans that appear to violate federal law begins the latest chapter in the continuing saga of the Affordable Care Act’s increasingly tenuous existence. Blue Cross...more

Approaching Deadlines for Affordable Care Act Reporting

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As we recently reported in our “2017 End of the Year Plan Sponsor To Do List,” applicable large employers must continue to submit to the IRS and to employees information regarding offers of health coverage made to full-time...more

New York City Gives Employees the Right to Change Work Schedules Temporarily for “Personal Events”

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On January 19, 2018, New York City adopted Int. 1399-A (“Law”), which will require New York City employers to provide most city-based employees with up to two temporary schedule changes (or permission to take unpaid time off)...more

Recent Developments in Affordable Care Act Compliance: Employer Obligations for 2018 and Beyond

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Over the past year, there has been a significant focus in the press on various attempts to overhaul or repeal key elements of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”), which was originally passed into law almost eight years ago. While...more

2018 Virginia Employment Law Pocket Guide

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The guide, written by Sands Anderson’s Employment Law Team and edited by attorney C. Michael DeCamps, provides summaries of key Virginia employment statutes and principles of employment law. The summaries are not intended to...more

Maryland Employers Required to Provide Paid Sick and Safe Leave to Employees

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

Effective February 11, 2018, employers in Maryland with 15 or more employees are required to provide paid job-protected sick and safe leave to eligible employees, and employers with 14 or fewer employees must provide unpaid...more

New Nevada Requirement for Employers of Domestic Workers

As of Jan. 1, 2018, if you employ a nanny, gardener, caretaker, housekeeper or other domestic worker, you are required to have a written agreement with that employee. Please see full Alert below for more information....more

Maryland Enacts Paid Sick and Safe Leave Law Over Governor’s Veto

On January 12, 2018, the Maryland Senate joined the Maryland House in voting to override Governor Hogan’s veto of House Bill 1, the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act, which requires employers to provide paid sick and safe...more

Health Care Reform–Cadillac Tax and Other Updates

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Cadillac Tax - The budget deal recently struck by Democrats and Republicans further delays, until 2022, the Cadillac Tax. As you recall, the tax, designed to impose a 40 percent tax on the cost of employer-sponsored...more

New York City Employers Will Be Required to Engage in Reasonable Accommodations Dialogue

by Epstein Becker & Green on

On January 19, 2018, New York City enacted Int. No 804-A (“Bill”), which will amend the New York City Human Rights Law (“NYCHRL”) to require covered entities—including employers and public accommodations—to engage in a...more

Delay Proposed For Maryland Paid Sick Leave

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

Last week, we reported that the General Assembly had overridden Governor Hogan’s veto of the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act, and that employers in Maryland would be required to provide paid sick leave as soon as...more

2018 Tax Reform Series: Goodbye To The Individual Mandate

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

This is the seventh article in our series covering various tax and employee benefits-related changes contained in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act signed by the President on December 22, 2017. Once significant change made by the...more

MD Paid Sick and Safe Leave Act Will Be Law Feb. 11

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

On January 12, 2018, the Maryland Senate voted to override Governor Hogan’s veto of the General Assembly’s paid leave bill from last year’s legislative session. As such, the paid leave bill (formally known as the Maryland...more

A Game Plan for Employers Facing Possible ACA Penalties

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All employers are at risk of receiving a notice from the IRS that they are liable for a penalty under the Affordable Care Act for failing to offer enough employees insurance coverage, or for failing to offer particular...more

Massachusetts to (Again) Require Health Care Reporting by Employers

Massachusetts employers with 6 or more employees will soon be required to prepare and file a new health care reporting form referred to as the “healthcare coverage form.” While reminiscent of the now repealed “Health...more

New “Equal Pay for Equal Work” Provisions in Ontario Limit Ability to Vary Employees’ Pay Based on Employment Status

by Bennett Jones LLP on

On November 28, 2017, Ontario’s Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017, received Royal Assent. While some major changes have already come into effect, others are just around the corner....more

Updates for the New Year - Executive Compensation & Benefits

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In spite of certain sound bites you probably heard late last year, the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) was not repealed for employers. The individual mandate penalty was reduced to zero for a few years, beginning after 2018, so...more

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