On March 24, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor issued a field assistance bulletin that directs its field staff to observe a temporary non-enforcement period for the paid leave provisions under the Family First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). This Compliance Bulletin provides the DOL's guidance.
Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), covered employers must post a notice of the FFCRA requirements in a conspicuous place on its premises. This HR Compliance Bulletin includes frequently asked questions issued by the DOL on this notice requirement.
The federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act, enacted on March 18, 2020, requires employers to provide paid leave to workers for certain purposes related to COVID-19. This Compliance Bulletin contains guidance from the DOL about the new paid leave requirements.
HHS issued a bulletin to summarize how protected health information may be shared under the HIPAA Privacy Rule during an outbreak of infectious disease, such as the current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. This Compliance Bulletin includes HHS' guidance.
In light of the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the United States, the DOL has published answers to frequently asked questions on how employers can stay in compliance with the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which regulates wage and hour conditions for employees.
On Jan. 21, 2020, the United States Supreme Court denied motions to expedite consideration of Texas v. Azar, the lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the ACA's individual mandate. This decision follows a federal appeals court ruling that the individual mandate is unconstitutional due to the elimination of the individual mandate penalty in 2019. This ACA Compliance Bulletin provides an overview of the court's decision.
ACA reporting under Section 6055 and Section 6056 for the 2019 calendar year is due in early 2020. Although the IRS extended the deadline for furnishing statements to individuals for 2019, the deadline for filing returns with the IRS remains the same. This ACA Bulletin outlines the deadlines for ACA reporting for the 2019 calendar year.
24 states and the District of Columbia have announced higher minimum wage rates for 2020. While most of these changes become effective in January, new rates in four states and Washington D.C. will take effect during the second half of the year. This compliance bulletin provides an overview of minimum wage rates for 2020 in the United States.
On Nov. 5, 2019, the DOL published a proposed rule to update the “fluctuating workweek” method for calculating employee overtime wages under the FLSA. The proposal would enable employers to give incentive payments to employees who are paid under the fluctuating week method.
On Nov. 13, 2019, the IRS released draft 2019 forms and instructions for ACA reporting under Code Sections 6055 and 6056. The 2019 draft forms and instructions are substantially similar to the 2018 final versions. Note that Section 6055 reporting continues to be required, despite the fact that the individual mandate penalty has been reduced to $0. This ACA Compliance Bulletin provides an overview of the draft forms and instructions.
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