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DOL Announces Final Rule on Federal Contractor Minimum Wage

October 07, 2014

By Angelique Groza Lyons, Partner Tampa Office, Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLP October 3, 2014 On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Labor released its Final Rule on Executive Order 13658, which established a new minimum wage of $10.10 an hour for employees working on certain federal contracts. The Final Rule is set to be published in ...
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Why 401(k) Plan Fee Disclosures Matter

October 02, 2014

Mark Twain said, “Supposing is good, but finding out is better.” When it comes to fees employers pay on qualified retirement plans, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) wants employers to maintain documentation regarding certain transactions related to retirement plans administration. In fact, the DOL’s Employee Benefits Security ...
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IRS Issues Draft Forms and Instructions for ACA Reporting Requirements

October 01, 2014

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has released draft forms and instructions to be used for Internal Revenue Code § 6055 and § 6056 reporting, including IRS forms 1094-B, 1094-C, 1095-B, and 1095-C. The first reports will be due in early 2016 regarding employee information and health care coverage provided in 2015. Reporting ...
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Large Health Plans Must Obtain an HPID by November 5

October 01, 2014

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has posted updated FAQs regarding health plans and the requirement to obtain a Health Plan Identifier (HPID). Insured and self-funded health plans that are “large health plans” ($5 million or more in annual receipts) are required to obtain an HPID by November 5, 2014. Small health plans have ...
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IRS Expands Midyear Election Change Rules for Section 125 Plans

October 01, 2014

On September 18, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2014-55, Additional Permitted Election Changes for Health Coverage under § 125 Cafeteria Plan, which allows employers to make specific changes to their plans. These changes will make it easier for employees to change their group plan elections and take advantage of individual ...

Ask the Experts: Leave Tracking for Job-Related Medical Leaves

October 15, 2014

Question: I have always understood workers' compensation injuries that are accepted by the carrier are not to be charged against their potential FMLA leave because the injury is not the employee's fault, but my colleagues think that is not true. What is the right answer? Answer: Leaves caused by workers' compensation injuries or illnesses may ...

Ohio Employment Law Alert – October 2014

October 15, 2014

Minimum Wage Increase On September 29, 2014, the Ohio Department of Commerce announced that the state minimum wage will increase to $8.10 on January 1, 2015, for non-tipped employees and to $4.05 per hour for tipped employees. The increased minimum wage will apply to employees of businesses that have annual gross receipts of more than $297,000 ...

New York Employment Law Alert – October 2014

October 15, 2014

Authorized Leave for Volunteer Emergency Responders On September 23, 2014, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation (S.B. 7111) providing authorized leave to volunteer fire department members and volunteer ambulance squad members during a declared state of emergency. The leave of absence may be an unpaid excused leave or may be ...

Montana Employment Law Update – October 2014

October 15, 2014

Minimum Wage Increase On October 1, 2014, the Montana Department of Labor and Industry announced that the state minimum wage will increase to $8.05 per hour on January 1, 2015. Montana Code Annotated § 39-3-409 requires the Montana Department of Labor and Industry to adjust the Montana minimum wage for inflation using the Consumer Price Index ...

District of Columbia Employment Law Update – October 2014

October 15, 2014

Wage Theft Prevention Amendment Act of 2014 On September 19, 2014, District of Columbia Mayor Vincent C. Gray signed the Wage Theft Prevention Amendment Act of 2014, which amends the Minimum Wage Act Revision Act of 1992, as well as the District’s wage payment and collection law and the Accrued Sick and Safe Leave Act of 2008. Among other ...

Federal Employment Law Update – October 2014

October 15, 2014

FAQs about Affordable Care Act Implementation Part XXI On October 10, 2014, the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Treasury jointly released FAQs about Affordable Care Implementation (Part XXI). The FAQS update prior guidance on cost-sharing limitations for plans using “reference-based pricing.” The new FAQS set ...

From the Hotline: Benefits and Hiring a Former Temporary Worker

October 10, 2014

Question: What is the waiting period requirement for benefits after hiring a long-term temporary agency worker as a regular employee? Answer: A temporary agency employee is not an employee of the contracting company; he or she is  employed by the agency and would be subject to the agency’s compensation and benefits policies as an employee of ...

From the Hotline: OSHA 300 and Temporary Employees

October 10, 2014

Question: Should we report the poor results from a company-conducted hearing test on our OSHA 300 log for the temporary agency employees working here? Answer: If the tests/results are an occupational requirement for your regular and/or temporary agency employees performing duties under your supervision, then those results would need to be ...

Washington Employment Law Update – September 2014

October 09, 2014

Minimum Wage Increase On September 30, 2014, the Washington Department of Labor and Industries announced that the state minimum wage will increase 15 cents to $9.47 per hour on January 1, 2015. The Department calculates the state’s minimum wage each year at this time as required under Initiative 688, which Washington voters approved in 1998. ...

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