Open Enrollment 2020 – Benefit Notices

Employers that sponsor group health plans should provide certain benefit notices in connection with their plans’ open enrollment periods.

Lowest Unemployment in Decades

Job figures continued to rise in April, officially bringing unemployment to its lowest in 50 years—3.6%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Primary job gains occurred in the health and business services sectors, with respectable growth in construction as well. With over 150,000 jobs being added each month, on average, employment growth shows … Continue reading Lowest Unemployment in Decades

DOL Issues Opinion Letter on Gig Worker Classification

In the growing “gig economy,” individuals perform jobs on a one-off or short-term basis, typically through an online application or job marketplace. On April 29, 2019, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued an opinion letter addressing whether individuals working for a virtual marketplace company (VMC) are employees or independent contractors under the Fair Labor Standards … Continue reading DOL Issues Opinion Letter on Gig Worker Classification

DOL’s Newly Proposed Overtime Rule: What’s Included

The Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued a proposed rule that would change the salary thresholds for the “white collar” overtime exemptions under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Under the proposal, the minimum salary level for executive, administrative and professional employees would increase from $455 to $679 per week ($35,308 per year). This is … Continue reading DOL’s Newly Proposed Overtime Rule: What’s Included

DOL Increases Civil Penalty Amounts for 2019

In January, the Department of Labor (DOL) increased the civil penalty amounts that may be imposed on employers under the following federal laws: The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) The Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) These increased amounts apply … Continue reading DOL Increases Civil Penalty Amounts for 2019

Michigan Scales Back Paid Sick Leave Law

OVERVIEW On Dec. 14, 2018, Michigan substantially amended its Paid Medical Leave Act (Act), which requires employers to provide paid sick leave to eligible employees beginning in March 2019. Key changes to the Act include the following: The paid sick leave requirements only apply to employers with 50 or more employees (instead of all employers); … Continue reading Michigan Scales Back Paid Sick Leave Law

Did you know?

In September 2018, the Department of Labor (DOL) held listening sessions to help them gain insight into the public’s views on how to update and modernize the overtime rule. The final session wrapped on Sept. 24. While there is no official deadline announced, in their spring 2018 agenda, the DOL forecast that a new overtime … Continue reading Did you know?