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Executive Order Targets Noncompete Agreements

On July 9, 2021, President Biden signed the Executive Order on Promoting Competition in the American Economy, which encourages the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to ban or limit noncompete agreements. The executive order is part of a broad push from the administration to promote competition to stimulate economic growth by lowering prices, increasing wages, and [...]

Massachusetts COVID-19 Emergency Paid Sick Leave

Under Chapter 16 of the Acts of 2021, the state of Massachusetts recently established a statewide mandate for employers to make paid leave time available to their employees who work up to 40 hours per week when they are unable to work as a result of qualifying reasons related to COVID-19. Guidance for Employers Gov. [...]

EEOC COVID-19 Technical Guidance on Employee Vaccines

On May 28, 2021, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) updated its technical assistance that addresses questions regarding vaccines in the workplace under the federal Equal Employment Opportunity laws. The pandemic-related technical assistance comes in the form of a Q&A document. New Questions Addressed in the Technical Guidance Are employers allowed to require a [...]

July 2021 Minimum Wage Rate Increases

While there have been recent proposals in Congress to increase the federal minimum wage, they have not gained the support needed to get them through the legislative process. Currently, the federal minimum wage stands at $7.25 per hour and $2.13 per hour for tipped employees, rates that were established in 2009. However, that has not [...]

Employee Retention Tax Credit

The Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC) was authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act in March 2020 to provide relief to employers affected by the pandemic and encourage them to keep employees on staff. This refundable credit was expanded and extended by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, passed December 27, [...]

DOL Issues Guidance on Cybersecurity Best Practices for Retirement Plans

The U.S Department of Labor’s (DOL) Employee Benefits Security Administration issued cybersecurity guidance related to retirement plans. Released on April 14, 2021, the DOL’s guidance is much anticipated after the COVID-19 pandemic opened doors for a variety of cybersecurity scams that left employers vulnerable to breaches. In fact, the guidance was published just weeks after [...]

COBRA Subsidy Model Notices Issued by the Department of Labor

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 provides a continuation of healthcare coverage for qualifying individuals by providing a full subsidy for COBRA premiums between April 1 and September 30, 2021. The COBRA premiums are paid by the employer and recouped through the quarterly employment tax filing process via Form 941. The Department of Labor [...]

The American Rescue Plan Act 2021: COBRA Subsidy

Please note: The Internal Revenue Service issued Notice 2021-31 on May 18, 2021, to provide guidance for employers regarding the new tax credit.  Signed into law on March 11, 2021, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) provides significant economic relief to individuals and businesses. Among the provisions, ARPA provides a 100% COBRA subsidy for [...]

Fraudulent Unemployment Claims on the Rise

In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic shook the U.S. economy. The number of Americans filing claims for unemployment benefits dramatically increased, leading to a nationwide spike in fraudulent unemployment claims activity, including using stolen identities to apply for unemployment benefits. Why Is This Happening? Two results of the pandemic made the unemployment system a likely target [...]

IRS Publishes Notice 2021-15 Offering Flexibility for Health FSAs

Update March 22, 2021: The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 increased the dependent care FSA contribution limits to $10,500 for single filers and $5,250 for married people filing separately. On February 18, 2021, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released IRS Notice 2021-15 to answer questions regarding Section 214 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA), [...]