fbpx

Current event news and information

Benefits

Massachusetts Covid-19 Emergency Paid Sick Leave Has Ended

The Massachusetts Executive Office for Administration and Finance has announced that employers’ requirement to provide COVID-19 emergency paid sick leave has ended as of March 15, 2022. The leave requirement has expired because the COVID-19 Emergency Paid Sick Leave Fund, which reimburses employers for providing the leave, is nearing its disbursement limit. Otherwise, the provision would have remained effective until April 1, 2022. Employers may continue to seek reimbursement for qualifying leave costs taken between May 28, 2021, and March 15, 2022. Applications for refund must be submitted by April 29, 2022. If you are a Massachusetts employer: Notify employees

Read More »
HR Management

COVID19 Vaccination Inquiries: What Employers Need to Know

Many questions have been asked about how appropriate it is for an employer to ask applicants for COVID 19 vaccination proof. Debates have been held, with many arguing that if an employer is prohibited under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to inquire about the existence of a disability during the pre-employment phase, then the same should be applied to COVID 19 vaccinations. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has stated that vaccination inquiries are not covered under the ADA as they are not directly disability inquiries. Even though it is not prohibited, it is advised that employers tread with

Read More »
a sheet with the text paid sick leave
News

2022 COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Law

With the COVID-19 pandemic came many changes that have affected our personal and professional lives. Many companies have changed their working policies, allowing employees to work remotely, whether fully or partially. States and counties have also adjusted laws to accommodate the current trends. California is one state that has reviewed its sick days’ policy to give employees more allowance to recover. The New Labor Code Section 248.6 under California’s 2022 CPSL law will allow employers with a staff strength of more than 26 to embark on sick leave for COVID-19 related issues between January 1 and September 30. Employees can

Read More »
Benefits

10 Things Your Employees Actually Need

Small business owners are finding it challenging to hire personnel. With a record number of team members leaving throughout the United States, it’s more critical than ever to recruit the best applicants and offer them a reason to remain. One-third of 2,000 small business employees polled by Homebase said they want to hunt for a new job in the coming year or two. The good news is that they also revealed their top ten priorities in the hunt. Keep these in mind as you attract great talent and engage your team. Your company’s management Today’s job searchers appreciate an excellent

Read More »
Benefits

What Are the 2022 Benefit Plan Limits and Thresholds?

The IRS recently announced that the amount people can contribute to their 401(k) plans in 2022 has increased to $20,500, up from $19,500 for last year. The IRS also issued technical guidance regarding all of the cost‑of‑living adjustments affecting dollar limitations for pension plans and other retirement-related items for the 2022 tax year in Notice 2021-61 PDF, posted on IRS.gov. Below are some comprehensive charts to help you better understand these changes. 401(k) Plan Limits Defined Contribution Plans 2022 2021 Change Maximum employee elective deferral (age 49 or younger) $20,500 $19,500 +$1,000 Employee catch-up contribution (age 50 or older by year-end) $6,500 $6,500

Read More »