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IRS Announces FSA Contribution Cap for 2024

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced that the contribution limit for health flexible spending accounts (FSAs) for 2024 is $3,200. This is an increase of $150 from the 2023 limit.  Health FSAs allow employees to set aside pre-tax dollars from their paychecks to pay for qualified medical expenses. This can include things like doctor’s visits, prescriptions, […]

It’s Time to Examine Your Employment Relationships as the NLRB Issues the Final Joint Employer Rule

On October 26, 2023, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a long-anticipated final rule that substantially increases the number of employers who may be deemed joint employers. The new rule builds on the Obama-era Board’s 2015 decision in Browning-Ferris Industries holding that an employer’s reserved or indirect control of the terms and conditions of a third […]

The EEOC Proposes Updated Harassment Guidance

On October 2, 2023, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued proposed updated harassment guidance that provides a more comprehensive and expansive definition of harassment, clarifies the standards that employers must meet to avoid liability for harassment, and significantly expands employer liability for harassment in the workplace. Key Changes in the Proposed Guidance The updated proposed guidance […]

No Extension Granted on the Comment Period for the US DOL’s Proposed Changes to the EAP Exemptions

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced that it would not extend the comment period deadline for stakeholders to respond to its proposed changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) overtime provisions which ended on November 7, stating that the original 60-day comment period was a reasonable and adequate amount of time for stakeholders to provide […]

E-Verify NextGen May Bring Big Changes to E-Verify

E-Verify NextGen is a new version of the E-Verify program that is currently under development. The new system is designed to be more efficient, user-friendly, and secure than the current system. One of the key features of E-Verify NextGen is that it will allow employees to create their own account and submit their own information to […]

OSHA to Allow Third Parties to Represent Employees During Walkarounds

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has proposed a rule that would allow third parties to represent employees during workplace inspections. The rule, which is open for public comment until October 30, 2023, would allow employees to designate a representative from a union, a worker center, or another community organization to accompany them during OSHA walkarounds. Currently, […]

Reminder: Medicare Part D Notice Deadline Approaching

Plan sponsors must send an annual Medicare Part D notice to all Medicare-eligible enrollees and dependents before October 15th of each year. This notice describes whether the plan’s prescription drug coverage is considered creditable under the Medicare program. If a plan’s coverage is not considered creditable, enrollees may be subject to a late enrollment penalty if they […]

Reminder: New Form I-9 Effective Date Approaching

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a new version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification with an expiration date of 7/31/2026. The new form must be used by all employers in the United States starting on November 1, 2023. Employers who fail to use the new Form I-9 after this date may be subject […]

The Comment Period on the US DOL’s Proposal to EAP Exemption is Open

The comment period on the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) proposed rule to raise the required minimum salary level for employees to qualify for overtime exemptions under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is now open. The comment period began on September 8 and will remain open for 60 days, closing on November 7, 2023. After […]

September 2023 Federal & State Legislative Updates

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