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  • ALEs Should Consider Indexed Affordability Percentage for 2022 Plan Years
    The IRS recently released the 2022 affordability percentage that Applicable Large Employers (ALEs) use when determining whether their offer of coverage is affordable such that they are not subject to 4980H(b) penalty exposure. For plan years beginning in 2022, ALEs offer affordable coverage if the employee required contribution amount for self-only, minimum value coverage does […]
  • Final 1094/1095-C Forms and Instructions Released: No Extensions Expected
    The IRS recently released final Forms 1094-C and 1095-C, which Applicable Large Employers (ALEs) will use to report their offers of coverage made to employees during the 2021 calendar year. In all previous reporting years, the IRS has extended the deadline by which ALEs must furnish Form 1095-C to employees, but no such extensions are […]
  • Court Halts OSHA’s Vaccination-or-Testing ETS
    Nov 6, 2021On Saturday, November 6, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals placed a temporary hold on the OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) requiring COVID vaccination or testing for employees of employers with 100 or more employees. The current ruling is temporary, but we expect to learn later this week whether the ETS will be […]
  • 2021 Reporting and Expiration of Good Faith Relief
    Reporting Affordability Accurately Is Critical in First Year of Reporting Without Good Faith Relief For all prior tax years in which Form 1094-C and 1095-C reporting has been required, the IRS has offered relief from reporting error penalties under Code Sections 6721 and 6722 when ALEs made good-faith efforts to comply with these reporting requirements. […]
  • DOL Announces Final Rule on Tip Regulations
    On Sept. 23, the U.S. Department of Labor announced a final rule that will amend Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulations for tipped employees.  The final rule is scheduled for publication in the Federal Register today, Sept. 24, 2021, and is expected to become effective on Nov. 23, 2021. Tips for Managers and Supervisors The final rule prohibits […]
  • Labor Law Compliance
    Labor Law Compliance Center September 1, 2021 August 2021 Year-to-Date Changes August 2021 Changes Georgia Kansas Massachusetts Montana Rhode Island August 2021 Poster Revisions Workers’ Compensation Notice Equal Opportunity in Employment Notice Paid Family & Medical Leave Notice Discrimination & Non Smoking Notice Whistleblowers’ Protection Act Notice July 2021 Changes Nevada Virginia July 2021 Poster […]
  • OSHA Publishes Updated COVID-19 Guidance in Light of Rising Delta Variant Cases
    On August 13, 2021, OSHA issued updated guidance to better align with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s July 27, 2021 recommendations, given the rising cases of the COVID-19 Delta variant.  While this new guidance does not formally establish standards or regulations nor does it create new legal obligations for employers, the update includes CDC’s more recent face-masking recommendations and includes a checklist with recommendations […]
  • Texas Adopts Expanded Protections for Employees Asserting Sexual Harassment Claims
    Texas Governor Greg Abbott recently signed two new bills (Senate Bill 45 and House Bill 21) expanding the protections for employees who assert claims of sexual harassment under the Texas Labor Code.  Both laws will become effective on September 1, 2021.   These new laws include a number of significant changes for employers in Texas (related […]
  • Texas Governor Abbott Signs New Order Aimed at Bringing Uniformity to the State’s COVID-19 Response
    On July 29, 2021, Governor Greg Abbott issued Executive Order GA-38, combining several existing COVID-19 executive orders for the stated purpose of promoting statewide uniformity and certainty in the state’s COVID-19 response.  The order sets forth the following five objectives:  (1) ensure continued availability of timely information about COVID-19 testing and hospital bed capacity;  (2) ensure vaccines continue to be voluntary and […]
  • Alicia Haff CE Presentation – Brokers & Human Resources, Does it Mix?
    REGISTER HERE Thursday, August 12, 2021  – Monthly Membership Meeting and 1 HR CE – IN PERSON!! Please join us IN PERSON at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, 1000 Lone Star Parkway, Grand Prairie TX 75050, (see attached parking map for more details on where to park and enter building) for our August monthly membership meeting […]
  • CDC Guidelines and Fully Vaccinated Employees
    What Employers need to know about CDC guidelines and Fully Vaccinated Employees On May 13, 2021, CDC announced that the mask mandate is lifted for fully vaccinated individuals in most non-healthcare settings (but makes clear this guidance does NOT supersede- federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace […]
  • HR Employer Compliance Partners:
    The EEO-1 Reporting is open now through July 19, 2021. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced that the 2019 and 2020 EEO-1 Component 1 data collection is now open (the collection had been delayed because of COVID-19). Employers that are required to file have until Monday, July 19, 2021, to submit both years of data. Pay data is not […]
  • ARPA & the COBRA Subsidy – What We Know Today
    The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) is aimed at providing COVID-19 relief and included significant impacts for employee benefits. One such benefit is the COBRA Subsidy for Assistance Eligible Individuals (AEIs). Though the DOL has released new Model COBRA Notices and FAQs, many unanswered questions remain.  As ETC continues to monitor additional guidance, employers are […]
  • SAAHU – HR Attorney Panel Discussion
    Brokers and Human Resources, Does it Mix? WHEN Wednesday, April 21st 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM TICKETS $10.00 Member $15.00 Non-Member Panelist: Elizabeth Raggio, JD. Maricia Meyer, Dir of HR Services Alicia J Haff, JD. Why attend? 1-Hour CE – Panel Discussion with Q&A from ETC Companies attorneys on the hottest HR questions. Protect your agency […]
  • Recreational Cannabis Now Legal in Arizona
    Recreational cannabis (a.k.a. marijuana) is now legal and available for sale in Arizona. The new law specifically states that employers may prohibit cannabis under their drug policies, which means you don’t need to let employees use cannabis at work, and you can still require that employees or applicants test negative for THC (the active compound […]
  • Mothers Against Cancer
    The ETC Team is happy to announce our support for the Mother’s Against Cancer non-profit charity. Please join us to raise money and awareness for this worthy cause. Mothers Against Cancer (M.A.C.) is a non-profit registered charity (501c3), made up of volunteer mothers from the Kingwood (Houston suburb) area. The goal of M.A.C. is to […]
  • COVID RELIEF LEGISLATION INCLUDES SIGNIFICANT IMPACTS TO EMPLOYEE BENEFITS
    Congress passed and President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) providing $1.9 trillion in a sweeping COVID-19 relief package. This legislation contains several provisions that directly impact employee benefits and require urgent attention by employers to implement changes on short notice. The highlights include: Eligible Cobra individuals may now have coverage at no […]
  • IRS Enforcing 4980H Penalties for 2018 Tax Year
    The IRS recently began issuing 226J letters proposing 4980H penalties against Applicable Large Employers (ALEs) for the 2018 tax year. As a reminder, the IRS bases these penalty amounts from two sources – health coverage information reported by ALEs on Forms 1094-C and 1095-C and subsidized exchange enrollment information reported by the Healthcare Marketplace. 2018 […]
  • State Health Coverage Reporting Requirements
    The chart below summarizes the new state and local health coverage reporting requirements that apply to certain employers for health coverage they provided to their employees during the 2020 calendar year. These requirements are separate and in addition to any Form 1094 or 1095 health coverage reporting requirements employers may have. Locale Who is Required […]
  • Natural Disasters – How to Handle Employees
    What is the standard for paying an employee after a natural disaster? Below outlines the reduced quarantine options:  When the company closes due to inclement weather, non-exempt employees (those who are entitled to overtime) need to be paid only for actual hours worked. For non-exempt employees, the company may: Pay the employee for the time, even […]