New York Employers Must Now Provide 3 Hours of Paid Voting Leave

New York Employers Must Now Provide 3 Hours of Paid Voting Leave

New Law Currently in Effect As a result of a new law, New York employers must provide 3 hours of paid voting leave to their employees for any election. Additionally, employees must notify their employers of their need for time off to vote at least 2 working days before Election Day. Previously, e...
Can Employees Decline FMLA Leave While Using Paid Time Off?

Can Employees Decline FMLA Leave While Using Paid Time Off?

By Lisa Nagele-Piazza, J.D., SHRM-SCP April 2, 2019 DOL opinion letter says no, but an appellate court ruled otherwise Once an employer knows that a leave of absence qualifies under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), it must designate it as such, even if the employee wants to first exhaust ...
Recent ACA Developments

Recent ACA Developments

Court Strikes Down Association Health Plan Rule DOL Rule Called ‘End-Run’ Around Affordable Care Act A federal judge has ruled that two parts of the Department of Labor (DOL) rule expanding employers’ ability to join in association health plans (AHPs) violate ERISA. AHPs are group health plans sp...
Important Deadlines and Reminders for 2019

Important Deadlines and Reminders for 2019

DOL Releases New Model Employer CHIP Notice Notice Information Current as of January 31, 2019 The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has released a new model Employer CHIP Notice with information current as of January 31, 2019. As a reminder, employers that provide health insurance coverage in states...
Important Dates for 2019

Important Dates for 2019

See the upcoming deadlines for CHIP Notices, OSHA and CMS reporting, along with mandated sexual harassment training for New York employers.  
End of year updates

End of year updates

Retirement Plan Contribution Limits Increased for 2019 401(k) Contribution Limit Increased to $19,000 The IRS has announced that the amounts employees can contribute to 401(k)s and IRAs will increase in 2019. In particular: The employee contribution limit for 401(k) plans will be $19,000, up from...
How To Plan For And Anticipate Your Long-Term Care Needs

How To Plan For And Anticipate Your Long-Term Care Needs

Photo via Pixabay by Almadrava | Article by Guest Author June Duncan   How To Plan For And Anticipate Your Long-Term Care Needs Planning for and anticipating what your long-term care needs will be isn’t easy; no one knows what their health will be like five or 10 years from now. It can be stres...
New York State Releases Final Mandated Sexual Harassment Policy

New York State Releases Final Mandated Sexual Harassment Policy

New York State Releases Final Model Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Program and Policy New York State has released finalized versions of its model sexual harassment prevention training program and model sexual harassment prevention policy. As a reminder, within 12 months of October 9, 2018,...
Amid changes at federal level, New York state sets health insurance rates

Amid changes at federal level, New York state sets health insurance rates

By Allissa Kline  – Reporter, Buffalo Business First Aug 7, 2018, 6:29am EDT Updated a day ago Health insurance rates for individuals will rise next year at three of four health insurers that do business in Western New York. The New York State Department of Financial Services has released fin...