Legislative Updates

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  • 02/01/2023 2:05 PM | Maggie Garry

    On January 26th, OSHA issued new guidance to impose greater penalties in order to be more effective in stopping repeat employer offenses.  OSHA Administrators will have the authority to issue instance by instance citations for non-compliance.  The change is intended to ensure OSHA officials are applying full authority of increased citations to discourage non-compliance. 

    Read the press release at:   Department of Labor announces enforcement guidance changes to save lives, target employers who put profit over safety | Occupational Safety and Health Administration (osha.gov)

  • 01/26/2023 10:18 AM | Maggie Garry

    On January 24th, the US House of Representatives passed the Chance to Compete Act which changes the recruiting process for federal government jobs to include skills-based assessments.  The bill will prioritize evaluations based on knowledge, skills and abilities while limiting the use of education.  

  • 01/17/2023 12:26 PM | Maggie Garry

    Employers covered by Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA's) record-keeping rules must post 2022 work related injuries/illnesses in a noticeable place from February 1 to April 30. 

    Employers must complete an incident report (Form 301) for each injury/illness and log work incidents on OSHA form 300.  

    Recordkeeping - Overview | Occupational Safety and Health Administration (osha.gov)

  • 01/10/2023 1:06 PM | Maggie Garry

    Applicable Large Employers (ALEs) are required to provide form 1095-C and ALEs who are self-insured health plans must provide form 1095-B to employees by March 2, 2023. 

    The deadline for health plans that file paper forms with the IRS is February 28, 2023.  The deadline for those that electronically file with the IRS is March 31, 2023. 

  • 12/30/2022 8:59 AM | Maggie Garry

    Last week, the Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA) of 2023 was renewed which allows HSA individuals to participate in telehealth or remote care services before satisfying the statutory minimum deductible for High Deductible Health Plans (HDHPs).     

    View the bill at: C:\Users\CB47108\AppData\Local\Temp\H2617_~1 (house.gov)

  • 11/22/2022 3:24 PM | Maggie Garry

    The IRS will be increasing the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Fee from $2.79 to $3.00 per covered member for all plans with plan years that end on or after October 1, 2022 and before October 1, 2023.  

    Self-Insured employers pay the fee directly to the IRS and report the number of covered members on Form 720 by July 31, 2023.  For fully insured employers, the fee is paid by the insurance provider.  

  • 10/21/2022 1:10 PM | Maggie Garry

    The IRS announced 401(k) and other tax deferred retirement plan limits for 2023.  Limits will rise to $22,500 up from $20,500.  Participants age 50 and older will be able to contribute an additional $7,500 up from $6,500 in 2022.  

    N-2022-55 (irs.gov)

  • 10/21/2022 10:29 AM | Maggie Garry

    On October 19th, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released an updated "Know Your Rights" poster which replaces the "EEOC is the Law" poster.  The "Know Your Rights" poster informs employees of their rights to be free from workplace harassment and discrimination.  Covered employers must display the new poster in the workplace.

    “Know Your Rights: Workplace Discrimination is Illegal” Poster | U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (eeoc.gov)

  • 10/21/2022 9:06 AM | Maggie Garry

    The Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced an extension of the flexibility in complying with requirements related to Form I‑9, Employment Eligibility Verification, due to COVID‑19.  Flexibility rules were set to expire on October 31, 2022 but has now been extended to July 31, 2023.  

    Starting April 1, 2021, if an employee works exclusively in a remote setting due to COVID-19 related precautions, they are temporarily exempt from the physical inspection requirements associated with the Form I-9.

    ICE announces extension to I-9 compliance flexibility | ICE

  • 10/19/2022 1:35 PM | Maggie Garry

    The Biden administration extended the COVID-19 public health emergency for 90 days through January 11, 2023. 

    The extension of the public health emergency means that group health plans and insurers must pay for COVID-19 tests and related services without cost-sharing.  Group health plans and insurers may also need to cover expenses for COVID-19 vaccines without cost-sharing based on grandfathered or non-grandfathered status.  

    COVID-19: RENEWAL OF DETERMINATION THAT A PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY EXISTS (hhs.gov)



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