Category: Alerts

Proposed Overtime Changes: Impacts and Insights

Updated: The US Department of Labor (DOL) announced on December 7, 2023 that it expects to release its new overtime rule in April 2024. On August 30, 2023, the Department of Labor (DOL) proposed changes to Salary Level Test to expand the number of employees eligible for overtime. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) mandates […]

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Form 5500 Deadline Coming Up In August!

Form 5500 Is Due By Aug. 1, 2022 For Calendar Year Plans. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration, the IRS and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. previously announced changes to the Form 5500 Annual Return/Report of Employee Benefit Plan and Form 5500-SF Short Form Annual Return/Report of Employee Benefit Plan, and related instructions, […]

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ACA Sets Due Date Of Aug 1,2022 For PCORI Fees

PCORI Fees Due Aug. 1, 2022 The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires health insurance issuers and self-insured plan sponsors to pay Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute fees (PCORI fees). The fees are reported and paid annually using IRS Form 720 (Quarterly Federal Excise Tax Return). Issuers and plan sponsors are generally required to pay the PCORI fees annually […]

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EEO-1 Deadline Extended for 2021 Reports

Employers subject to equal employment opportunity reporting (EEO-1) requirements now have until June 21, 2022 to file their workforce data from 2021. The initial deadline had already been delayed from March 31 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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More Answers to Updated IRS Tax Credit FAQs

The ARPA suspended the requirement that taxpayers repay any excess advance payments of the premium tax credit for 2020. Highlights of this article: The IRS’ fact sheet addresses FAQs regarding filing individual tax returns that include premium tax credit issues. The FAQs detail how receiving unemployment compensation in 2020 or 2021 affects household income. The […]

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Updated FAQs From IRS For Tax Credits Under FFCRA

The Internal Revenue Service updated its frequently asked questions (FAQs) on tax credits for paid leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) for leave prior to April 1, 2021. Initially, the FFCRA qualified covered employers for dollar-to-dollar tax credits for amounts paid to employees who took leave for qualifying reasons. The credits also covered amounts […]

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ALERT: March 2022 ACA Deadlines Are Here!

The landmark health care reform legislation enacted in March 2010 was designed to expand the availability of health insurance, reform the regulation of health coverage and restructure its delivery.  A key component—and a key cause of confusion—within the ACA is the employer mandate, which requires employers with 50 or more full-time or full-time equivalent (FTE) […]

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COBRA Confusion Continues to Challenge Employers

COBRA rules have changed over the past two years in order to recognize the complications accompanying the COVID-19 pandemic. The resulting confusion can result in penalties, medical claims, litigation, and class-action lawsuits.

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OSHA Withdraws COVID-19 But Not The Proposed Permanent Rule

On Jan. 13, 2022, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) stayed the vaccination and testing ETS. Because of this ruling, OSHA is withdrawing the ETS as an enforceable ETS. However, the agency is not withdrawing the ETS as a proposed permanent rule, and the standard rule-making process will continue.

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Schedule for EEO-1 Reporting Announced

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that it will open the 2021 EEO-1 Component 1 Report on April 12, 2022 with a due date of May 17, 2022.  The EEOC’s announcement indicates that both dates are “tentative” and EEO-1 opening and closing dates have been subject to modification by EEOC in recent years.  The […]

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Resolution To Repeal Vaccine Mandate Gets Passed By Senate

On Dec. 8, 2021, the Senate voted on and passed a resolution to repeal President Biden’s vaccine mandate for private employers. The resolution passed with a simple majority vote of 52 to 48. The resolution aims to overturn the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) emergency temporary standard (ETS) that requires private employers of 100 or more employees to implement a vaccine or weekly testing policy.

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New Court Decision Blocks Vaccine Mandate for Federal Contractors Nationwide!

On Dec. 7, 2021, a Georgia federal judge blocked the federal contractors mandate nationwide. This new order comes right after a Kentucky federal judge issued a preliminary injunction effectively blocking the implementation and enforcement of President Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for federal government contractors and subcontractors for Kentucky, Tennessee and Ohio on Nov. 30, 2021. […]

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Cal/OSHA Amends Notice and Reporting Requirements for COVID-19

On Oct. 5, 2021, California approved Assembly Bill 654 (AB 654) to amend California’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA) COVID-19 notice and reporting regulations. The bill became effective upon adoption on Oct. 5, 2021. The bill requires employers to give notice of COVID-19 outbreaks to:  Qualifying individuals or employees exposed to qualifying individuals within one business day; […]

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Federal Employers Receive Deadline Of November 22 To Be Vaccinated

Breaking Down The November 22 Deadline By Vaccination October 15, 2021 – President Joe Biden announced, on Sept. 9, that OSHA would issue an ETS requiring covered businesses to mandate that their workers be vaccinated against the coronavirus or undergo weekly testing. Covered employers will also have to give workers paid time off to get […]

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Early Is The New On-Time For ACA Reporting Preparation

It’s not too late to prepare for ACA filing and These Resources Can Help You Prepare for 2022 ACA Reporting. 2021 Affordable Care Act (ACA) Reporting is Due in Early 2022 The IRS has released draft 2021 versions of Forms 1094-C, 1095-C, 1094-B and 1095-B that employers will use in early 2022 to report under Internal Revenue Code Sections 6055 and […]

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Is There Something Good To Gain From All This Hiring?

You Could Be Eligible For Tax Credits.   Under the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, the employee retention credit, a provision of the CARES Act, is available through June 30, 2021 to eligible employers who retained employees during the COVID-19 pandemic. The IRS issued guidance in early March for the credit as it relates to qualified […]

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PPP Update: SBA Simplifies PPP Loan Forgiveness With New Direct Portal

New Direct Portal Makes PPP Forgiveness Easier The Small Business Administration (SBA) recently announced the opening of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Direct Forgiveness Portal, which is intended to simplify applications for loan forgiveness for the smallest PPP borrowers. The PPP, which was created in March 2020 by the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief and […]

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EEOC Extends EEO-1 Deadline for 2019 and 2020 Data to Aug. 23

Employers now have some extra time to submit equal employment opportunity (EEO-1) workforce data from 2019 and 2020, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced on June 28, 2021. These reports were previously due by July 19, 2021. Employers now have until Aug. 23, 2021, to complete their submissions. The EEOC’s collection of this […]

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PCORI Fees Now Due August 2, 2021 Instead of July 31.

This alert is of interest to all employers that sponsor self-insured group health plans, including Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs).  Employers that sponsor self-insured group health plans, including health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) should keep in mind the upcoming July 31, 2021 deadline for paying fees that fund the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).  As background, the […]

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Employment Background Checks Protect Your Company From Adverse Action Lawsuits

Adverse employment action – in a nutshell. “Adverse action” isn’t a term most of us hear every day. An “adverse action” is either a denial of employment or any other decision that adversely affects any current or prospective employee. The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) requires employers to provide a copy of the consumer report […]

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New Vaccination Tax Credit for SMBs

President Biden announced a paid leave tax credit for small- and medium-sized businesses. This credit will allow eligible employers to fully offset the cost of paid leave for employees to get vaccinated and recover from any after-effects of the vaccination.

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The ARPA Act Affects COBRA Subsidy Provisions

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), signed into law March 11, 2021, provides a 100% subsidy of premiums for employer-sponsored group health insurance continued under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1986 (COBRA) and similar state continuation of coverage (mini-COBRA) programs.

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The American Rescue Plan

The $1.9 trillion relief bill, known as the American Rescue Plan, has passed Congress and has been signed by President Biden. Highlights of the bill include extended unemployment benefits, direct checks to individuals and more.

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DHS Extends Form I-9 Requirement Flexibility

New Date For I-9 Policy The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced an extension of the flexibility in complying with requirements related to Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, due to COVID-19. This temporary guidance was set to expire November 19. Because of ongoing precautions related to COVID-19, DHS […]

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UPDATE: California SB 778 Deadline Extended

The deadline for employee sexual harassment training mandated by the State of California’s SB 778 has been extended. Plan now to educate your employees by the new deadline by using MyHRConcierge’s HRCompli E-Learn service.

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I-9 Alert: ICE Performs Largest Single-state Immigration Raid in U.S. History

Are your I-9s in Order? You are likely aware of the largest single-state immigration raid in history that was performed on August 7, in Mississippi. This is further proof that employers hiring undocumented workers continues to be a hot topic. Worksite investigations focusing on I-9 enforcement increased 255% from FY 2017 to FY 2018. The […]

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EEOC Deadline approaching September 30,2019!

EEOC Component 2 Deadline Approaches on September 30, 2019! On July 1st, 2019, the EEOC sent a letter by USPS notifying companies of the immediate reinstatement of the revised Componenet 2 EEO-1 collection for 2017 and 2018. Why is the EEOC important, you ask? Perhaps the most important role of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission […]

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The Shelby Report: Cybersecurity Combats Cyber Crime

Cybersecurity Tools can Arm Employees to Combat Cyber Villains Workers vital to curb steep cost of cybersecurity breaches No grocer – small or large – is immune to cybersecurity attacks. “80% of U.S. businesses expect a critical breach in 2019,” according to Trend Micro’s Cyber Risk Index (CRI).  The consequences of a data breach to […]

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ALERT: EEOC Pay Data Report: Component 2 Data Now Required for 2017 & 2018

Original Component 2 Required Only Calendar Year 2018 On May 2, 2019, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that qualified employers must now submit calendar year 2017 pay data, as well as 2018 data, for Component 2 of the EEO-1 Survey by the filing date of September 30, 2019. Component 2 includes hours worked, […]

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ALERT: ACA Remains in Effect Despite Justice Department Announcement

DoJ Support of Federal Judge’s Ruling Leaves ACA Requirements Unchanged Despite the March 25th announcement that the U.S. Department of Justice is upholding a Texas federal judge’s ruling that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is unconstitutional, the ACA currently remains in effect. DoJ Filing with Court of Appeals On December 14, 2018, district court judge Reed […]

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