Category Archives: Industry Update

IRS Releases 2023 Health Savings Account (HSA) Limits

The IRS has announced the 2023 inflation-adjusted amounts for health savings accounts (HSAs) as determined under the Internal Revenue Code. For 2023, the annual limit on HSA contributions for an individual with self-only coverage under a high deductible health plan (HDHP) is $3,850, up from $3,650 for 2022. The annual limit on HSA contributions for […]

OSHA National Emphasis Program to Protect Workers from Indoor and Outdoor Heat Hazards

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has launched a National Emphasis Program (NEP) to protect millions of workers from heat illness and injuries. NEPs are temporary programs that focus OSHA’s resources on particular hazards and high-hazard industries. Through the program, OSHA will conduct heat-related workplace inspections to ensure workers do […]

US Department of Justice Issues ADA Guidance on Employees Recovering from Opioid Use Disorder

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) shares responsibility for enforcing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) with several other federal agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The ADA does not consider it a disability when a user actively engages in use of illegal drugs, but individuals who are lawfully using opioid medication, are […]

Temporary Rule to Increase Employment Authorization and/or Employment Authorization Document Validity for Eligible Renewal Applicants

On, May 4, 2022 the Department of Homeland Security published a temporary rule (87 FR 614) that temporarily increases the automatic extension period to up to 540 days for employment authorization and/or Employment Authorization Documents (EAD, Form I-766) available to certain applicants who have filed Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, renewal applications. This rule […]

House Passes SECURE 2.0

Retirement Act (“SECURE 2.0” or “Act”) of 2022 via HR 2954. The Senate is expected to vote on the bill later this spring, and in doing so, there may be changes in the Senate version; however, it is anticipated that the legislation will become law in some form. Below are some key highlights from the […]

NLRB General Counsel Jennifer Abruzzo Issues Memo on Captive Audience and Other Mandatory Meetings

On April 7, 2022, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) General Counsel Jennifer Abruzzo issued a memorandum (GC Memo 22-04) to all Field offices announcing that she will ask the Board to find mandatory meetings in which employees are forced to listen to employer speech concerning the exercise of their statutory labor rights, including captive […]

Alabama Modifies Employee Firearm Rights

Effective January 1, 2023, Alabama law regarding firearms in public is amended to permit an individual to carry a concealed firearm without a permit. The conditions under which employees may keep firearms in their personal vehicles in an employer’s parking lot are also amended. Employers are not permitted to ban employees from keeping guns in […]

Arizona Improves Background Check Requirements for Skilled Nursing Facility and Nursing Home Employees

Arizona recently passed Senate Bill 1242 (SB1242) and is set to go into effect on January 1, 2023. SB1242 aims to improve upon the background check/licensing process for employees working with individuals in nursing facilities and nursing homes. According to the pre-existing legislation, Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 36-411 (Stat 36-411), employers of specific nursing facilities […]