Tag Archives: Federal Legislative 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 […]

DHS and ICE Extends Form I 9 Requirement Flexibility

On April 25, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), announced an extension of its Form I-9 policy flexibilities due to continued safety precautions related to COVID-19. The extension was set to expire on April 30, 2022, and it will now be extended until October 31, 2022. The policy allows […]

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 […]

Time for Employers to Review Their Arbitration Agreements for Settling Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Claims

On March 3, 2022 President Joe Biden signed the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act of 2021 (S. 2342/HR 4445)(“Act”) into law, making it effective immediately. The Act amends the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) to give employees who are parties to arbitration agreements with their employers the option of bringing claims […]

Reminder: Posting of Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses (Form 300A)

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires employers to post their 2021 Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses (Form 300A) by April 30. Each February through April, employers must post a summary of the injuries and illnesses recorded the previous year. Also, if requested, copies of the records must be provided to current and […]

OSHA Announced Increase Enforcement in Healthcare Sector

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) launched an initiative to protect healthcare workers at hospitals and skilled nursing care facilities that treat or handle COVID-19 patients. The goal is to control the spread of COVID-19 and its future variants and protect the health and safety of healthcare workers at heightened risk for contracting the […]