Category Archives: Industry Update

IRS Issue Mid-Year Mileage Rate Increase for 2023

On December 29, 2022, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced the 2023 standard mileage rate. The increase began on January 1 and increased the rate from 62.5 cents per mile to 65.5 cents per mile. These rates apply to electric and hybrid-electric automobiles, as well as gasoline- and diesel-powered vehicles. Next Steps for Employers The IRS rate for mileage […]

New Process for Employers to Report OSHA Form 300A

Covered establishments must electronically submit information from their Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Form 300A via OSHA’s Injury Tracking Application (ITA). Covered establishments should be advised that the ITA has transitioned its login procedure to Login.gov. All current and new account holders must connect their ITA account to a Login.gov account with the same email address to […]

Rx Cost Reporting Deadline Extended

As we previously reported, as part of transparency in health coverage requirements which were passed under the Transparency in Coverage Final Rule and the Consolidated Appropriations Act in 2021, employer plans are required to report detailed prescription drug cost information to the agencies, including the 50 most commonly covered drugs per plan, the 50 most expensive […]

USCIS to Automatically Extend Green Cards

Effective December 12, 2022, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is updating the USCIS Policy Manual to allow USCIS to automatically extend the validity of Permanent Resident Cards (commonly called Green Cards) for lawful permanent residents who have applied for naturalization. This update is expected to help naturalization applicants who experience longer processing times, because they will receive an extension […]

President Biden Signs the Speak Out Act

Effective December 7, 2022, and for claims filed on or after that date, the federal Speak Out Act (the Act) prohibits judicial enforcement of a non-disclosure clause or non-disparagement clause agreed to before a dispute arises involving sexual assault or sexual harassment. The Act covers agreements signed before December 7, 2022, but it applies only to claims filed […]

Respect for Marriage Act Signed Into Law

On December 13, 2022, President Biden signed the Respect for Marriage Act into law, expressly protecting LGBTQ+ Americans. The legislation will not require states to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples, rather it will require states to fully recognize marriages that are legally formed in other states based on sex, race or ethnicity. It also officially repeals the […]

Colorado: Respiratory Illnesses are Covered Under the Healthy Families and Workplace Act

At the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, a number of jurisdictions enacted sick leave laws specifically designed for absences due to COVID-19, but some states enacted permanent changes to their leave laws that apply during a “public health emergency,” which can apply both to COVID-19 as well as other public health emergencies. Due to high […]

Colorado’s SecureSaving Retirement Program Registration Deadlines

In early 2023, the Colorado SecureSavings Retirement Program (the Program) rolls out in three phases, based on employer size. Employers covered by the Program are required to facilitate through payroll deductions optional employee contributions to individual retirement accounts (IRAs) run by the state. Covered employers are required to either offer employees a private IRA plan or register […]

Illinois: Compliance with Timeline for Retention and Destruction of Biometric Data

A recent Illinois court case (Mora v. J&M Plating, Inc., No. 2-21-0692, 2022 IL App (2d) 210692 (Ill. App. Ct. 2d Dist. Nov. 30, 2022), establishes a timeline for when entities must publish written data retention and destruction policies and affirmed that retroactive adoption of retention and destruction schedules violates Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act […]

Massachusetts Releases New PFML Notices for Employers

The Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave (DFML) recently published a new workplace poster, notifications, and new rate sheets for all employers in the state for 2023 regarding the Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) law. All Massachusetts employers (including employers with private or self-insured benefits plans) are required to distribute certain information to their employees […]