Tag Archives: Federal Legislative 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 […]

Ensure Your Workplace Posters are Up to Date

Some federal, state and local laws require that posters or notices be posted in the workplace which notify applicants and/or employees of their rights under various employment related laws, such as wage and hour, leave protections, child labor, unemployment insurance, discrimination and workplace safety. Posting requirements may vary by jurisdiction, industry or an employer’s status […]

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Fee Amount Adjusted for 2023

On November 14, 2022, the IRS released Notice 2022-59, which increases the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) fee amount for plan years ending on or after October 1, 2022, and before October 1, 2023. The updated PCORI fee amount is $3.00 multiplied by the average number of lives covered under the plan. What Is the PCORI […]

IRS Notice 2022-41 Expands Mid-Year Cafeteria Plan Changes

On October 11, 2022, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2022-41 (Notice), which effectively expands the existing application of the change-in-status rules under a Section 125 Cafeteria Plan. Under the prior cafeteria plan rules employees were not permitted to change their family coverage election mid-year so that the employee’s family members could enroll in a Marketplace […]

The Public Health Emergency and the COVID-19 National Emergency Are Still in Effect

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, two separate emergency declarations have remained in effect: The COVID-19 National Emergency, and The Public Health Emergency (PHE). These emergency declarations provide different types of COVID-related relief for participants and group health plans. The Public Health Emergency (PHE) The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) first declared the PHE […]