Massachusetts Sick Leave Law Upheld

It seems one defeat after another of late in court to stop wage hikes or other employee benefit mandates and Massachusetts is no exception. Six employer associations filed suit in 2015 in federal court alleging that the new earned sick leave mandate violated federal labor law by requiring certain benefits of parties to collective bargaining…

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Maine Governor to Delay Wage/OT Hikes

Increases to state minimum wages will be taking effect in a host of states across the country come the New Year, but Maine Governor Paul LePage has made it clear that his state Department of Labor will not begin enforcing the newly voter-approved minimum wage of $9.00 per hour until January 31.  The law, which…

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Minimum Wage Hikes Next Week

At the risk of belaboring the pending increases in minimum wages across the country, we felt it important to again remind our subscribers of the wage hikes that will become effective next weekend.  Those states with new minimum wages taking effect January 1, 2017 include: Alaska – $9.80              …

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FDA Formally Extends Menu Label Deadline

The Food and Drug Administration published a final rule on menu labeling last week that formally extends the compliance date until May 5, 2017.  The federal labeling requirement already has quite a lengthy history – first mandated by passage of the Affordable Care Act back in 2010. It was originally to be effective as of…

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21st Century Cures Act Signed into Law

In one of the few bipartisan actions occurring in Washington, DC in quite some time, the President and Congress agreed to legislation this week that allows for small employers with less than 50 full-time employees or FTEs to offer a new type of general purpose stand-alone Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) for their employees.  The bill…

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Minimum Wage Opponents Look to Amend Wage Hikes

It’s not only organized labor that’s seeking “do-overs” on issues of import to them – elected officials in both Maine and Arizona are planning to make changes to their respective minimum wage hikes. In Arizona, one of four states where minimum wages hikes were approved by the voters on November 8, incoming Speaker of the…

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How About a Mulligan?

As the dust settles from the November elections and new legislatures begin to take office, some seem to want to take a second look at what voters did on individual ballot initiatives.  One case in point is the state of Maine, where the voters approved a dramatic increase in the state minimum wage as well…

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Et Tu, Governor?

The push for wage increases, paid sick/family leave, secured scheduling or any number of other dictated benefits seems endless, but when they’re proposed by those who claim to be pro-business, it seems that much more disturbing.  That brings us to Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, generally thought to be a pro-business Republican Governor, who announced this…

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IRS Extends Deadlines, But Hikes Fees Too

OSHA is not the only federal agency that has extended effective dates as the IRS has pushed back the deadline by which time large employers must provide their employees with certain 2016 ACA Forms.  The January 31 deadline is now delayed until March 2, 2017, however the dates when the forms must be filed with…

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SHOP Marketplace Open for 2017

We still don’t know what will happen to the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) once President-elect Trump assumes office next month, but until it is changed or repealed, it remains the law of the land and many of its mandates are enforced by the aforementioned IRS.  The Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) Marketplace is open…

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