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DOL announces possible FMLA form changes

The Department of Labor (DOL) is proposing adjustments to simplify forms employers use to administer the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The proposed changes are summarized below.

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Final rule raises overtime salary threshold

The Department of Labor issued a final rule stating employees who earn less than $35,568 per year are now eligible for overtime pay. The current threshold is $23,660, which was last adjusted in 2004. The rule takes effect January 1, 2020.

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Creditable Coverage notice is an annual CMS requirement

Employers have an annual obligation to issue a Creditable Coverage notification to all plan participants who are Medicare eligible, including dependents and retirees. The notice informs Medicare-eligible participants whether their prescription coverage is at least as good as Medicare’s.The...

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IRS to lower 2020 affordability rate

The IRS recently lowered the affordability threshold for the 2020 calendar year to 9.78% of household income from the 2019 threshold of 9.86%. This percentage is used to determine an individual’s eligibility for a premium tax credit and the affordability of employer-sponsored coverage. 

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Colorado bans the box

Beginning in September 2019, Colorado employers can no longer ask about an applicant’s criminal history on an initial job application. The legislation applies to all public and private sector employers, however, employers with fewer than 11 employees have until September 2021 to comply. The act...

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DOL issues update on joint-employer relationship

A lot has changed in the workplace since the Department of Labor issued its 1958 rule on joint-employer relationships under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). In April 2019, the DOL announced a proposed rule to clarify the responsibilities of employers and joint employers regarding minimum...

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KCMO bans salary-history inquiries

Beginning October 31, 2019, employers in Kansas City, Missouri, will be prohibited from requesting salary history information from job applicants. This change is an attempt to address pay inequalities in the workplace. The ban is applicable to employers with six or more employees.

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Annual PCORI fee due July 31, 2019

Employers who are responsible for paying the annual Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Trust Fund fee should use the updated Form 720.  The PCORI fee must be reported annually on the second quarter Form 720 and paid by the July 31 due date.

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Revised EEO-1 pay-data requirement upheld

Regulations requiring employers to collect and report wage information by race, gender and ethnicity were reinstated by a federal judge on March 4. The ruling will apply to all employers required to file an EEO-1 report, which includes all companies with over 100 employees as well as federal...

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IRS issues new 401(k) hardship withdrawal guidance

New hardship withdrawal guidance makes 401(k) accounts more accessible for participants experiencing financial distress. The changes are intended to make rules more flexible for those under severe financial strain and in immediate need of relief.

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