Legislative Updates

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  • 05/09/2024 1:50 PM | Maggie Garry (Administrator)

    The IRS recently announced the annual limits for Health Savings Accounts and High-Deductible Health Plans (HDHP) for 2025 which are listed below.

    Health Savings Accounts

    • 2024 Employee Only: $4,150
    • 2025 Employee Only: $4,300
    • 2024 Family: $8,300
    • 2025 Family: $8,550

    High-Deductible Health Plans Minimum Deductible Amounts

    • 2024 Employee Only: $1,600
    • 2025 Employee Only: $1,650
    • 2024 Family: $3,200
    • 2025 Family: $3,300

    High-Deductible Health Plans Annual Out-of-Pocket Expense Maximums

    • 2024 Employee Only: $8,050
    • 2025 Employee Only: $8,300
    • 2024 Family: $16,100
    • 2025 Family: $16,600

  • 05/01/2024 8:31 AM | Maggie Garry (Administrator)

    On April 29th, the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) published final guidance on harassment in the workplace titled, "Enforcement Guidance on Harassment in the Workplace."  The last time the EEOC issued guidance on workplace harassment was in 1999.  The updated guidance addresses how harassment based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age disability or genetic information is defined under EEOC statutes.  It also includes over 70 examples of unlawful harassment and shows how employees may be subjected to harassment by coworkers, supervisors, customers and other third parties.  The EEOC structured the guidance into three parts: 1) Covered Bases and Causation 2) Discrimination with Respect to a Term, Condition or Privilege of Employment 3) Liability.  The EEOC also published several educational resources on their website.  

  • 04/23/2024 3:15 PM | Maggie Garry (Administrator)

    On April 23, 2024, the Federal Trade Commission issued a final rule which bans noncompete agreements.  Per the FTC's press release, the new rule will "protect the fundamental freedom of workers to change jobs, increase innovation, and foster new business formation."  Under the new rule, existing noncompete agreements will no longer be enforceable.  However, existing noncompetes for senior executives earning more than $151,164 per year and are "policy makers" are still enforceable.  Employers are no longer able to enter into noncompete agreements with senior executives moving forward.  Employers will need to provide notice to workers with an existing noncompete that the agreement will not be enforceable.

    FTC's press release: FTC Announces Rule Banning Noncompetes | Federal Trade Commission

  • 04/23/2024 1:15 PM | Maggie Garry (Administrator)

    The Biden-Harris administration released a final rule today that will increase the thresholds required to exempt an employee from the federal overtime requirements.  Effective July 1, 2024, the salary threshold will increase from $35,568 to an annual salary of $43,888.  On January 1, 2025, it will increase again to $58,656.

    Read the DOL's press release at Biden-Harris administration finalizes rule to increase compensation thresholds for overtime eligibility, expanding protections for millions of workers | U.S. Department of Labor (dol.gov).  

  • 04/17/2024 2:21 PM | Maggie Garry (Administrator)
    Earlier this month, The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a temporary final rule to increase the automatic extension period for certain employment authorization documents from up to 180 days to up to 540 days.  The measure will prevent work-authorized noncitizens from having their employment authorization and documentation lapse while waiting for USCIS to process their pending applications.  This will offer less disruption to US employers' operations.    
  • 04/17/2024 2:05 PM | Maggie Garry (Administrator)

    On April 9th, the US House of Representatives passed H.R. 6655, A Stronger Workforce for America Act which would amend the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).  WIOA would help foster partnerships between workforce development agencies, colleges/universities, and employers with the goal of strengthening employer engagement and to ensure worker competitiveness in the job market.  The legislation moves to the senate for consideration.

  • 04/17/2024 1:51 PM | Maggie Garry (Administrator)

    The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a final rule on 4/15/24 to implement the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA).  The act provides clarifications and offers a number of examples of reasonable accommodations which will help employers understand their responsibilities under the law.  The PWFA requires most employers with 15 or more employees to provide "reasonable accommodations" for employee's known limitations related to pregnancy and childbirth.  The final rule will be published in the Federal Register on April 19th.  

    Read the EEOC's Press Release at: EEOC Issues Final Regulation on Pregnant Workers Fairness Act | U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

  • 04/05/2024 11:13 AM | Maggie Garry (Administrator)

    The Biden administration issued final regulations yesterday which protect federal government civil servants from being fired at will which overrides an executive order from the Trump administration which made it easier to fire federal employees.  The new rule will protect federal employees' right to due process and to be fired only for cause.  

  • 03/13/2024 11:07 AM | Maggie Garry (Administrator)

    President Biden's 2025 budget proposal was released this week which revealed his plan to establish a national paid family and medical leave program.  The program would be administered by the Social Security Administration and provide eligible employees up to 12 weeks of leave to care for/bonding time with a newborn, care for their own illness, care for a seriously ill loved one, circumstances arising from a loved one's military deployment and to find safety from domestic violence/sexual assault.

    The proposal would also require employers to provide seven job protected paid sick days each year to all workers.  It also includes restoring the Child Tax Credit which establishes an affordable child care program for those earning less than $200,000.

    The budget items are not expected to pass due to a split Congress.  

  • 03/04/2024 10:07 AM | Maggie Garry (Administrator)

    On March 1st, the CDC issued updated recommendations to allow for a more uniformed approach for viral illnesses such as COVID-19, flu and RSV.  Updated recommendations advise that those who are ill stay home and away from others.  Recommendations suggest returning to normal activities when, for at least 24 hours, symptoms are improving overall, and if a fever was present, it has been gone without use of a fever-reducing medication.  The CDC states that they are updating recommendations now as the US is seeing fewer hospitalizations and deaths associated with COVID-19.  

    Read the CDC press release at: CDC updates and simplifies respiratory virus recommendations | CDC Online Newsroom | CDC

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