South Dakota Employment Law Update-September 2017

South Dakota Minimum Wage Effective January 1, 2018, the South Dakota minimum wage increases as follows: $8.85 per hour for non-tipped employees. $4.425 per hour for tipped employees. The South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation has released a 2018 state minimum wage poster with these increased wage amounts. View the poster Source: Think HR Blog & Updates

New Exemptions from ACA’s Contraceptive Coverage Mandate

On October 6, 2017, the Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Labor (DOL), and Treasury released new interim final rules to allow more employers to exclude contraceptive coverage from their group health plans. The new rules will be published in the Federal Register next Friday and take effect immediately. Read the Moral Exemptions and Accommodations for Coverage of …

REMINDER: Employer Medicare Part D Notices Are Due Before October 15

Editor’s note: Medicare Part D notices are due in a little more than one week so we are re-posting this article that provides details about the requirements for this important deadline. Are you an employer that offers or provides group health coverage to your workers? Does your health plan cover outpatient prescription drugs—either as a medical claim or through …

HHS Withdraws Health Plan Certification Rules

HHS Withdraws Health Plan Certification Rules On October 3, 2017, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) withdrew proposed rules that would have required health plans to certify their compliance with certain electronic transaction standards. Although most employers would not have been affected directly, because their plans are handled by insurance carriers, self-funded employers were facing potential challenges. …

IRS Releases Final 2017 ACA Reporting Forms and Instructions

The IRS has finalized the forms and instructions that employers will use for 2017 reporting under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Applicable large employers (ALEs) will use the following: 2017 Form 1094-C (transmittal to IRS). 2017 Form 1095-C (statement to individual). 2017 Instructions for Forms 1094-C and 1095-C (instructions). Employers that self-fund a minimum essential coverage plan will use …

OSHA Releases Top Ten Safety Violations for 2017 — Prepare to Be Unsurprised

OSHA’s preliminary list of top workplace safety violations for FY 2017, which ended September 30, bears a striking resemblance to the 2016 list and the 2015 list. In other words, workplace safety violations are predictable and thoughtful companies can use the information to keep their workforce safe and build a culture of safety. With more than 4,500 workers killed …

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The COBRA Payment Process: Grace Periods

The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (COBRA) allows qualified beneficiaries who lose health benefits due to a qualifying event to continue group health benefits. The COBRA payment process is subject to various rules in terms of grace periods, notification, premium payment methods, and treatment of insignificant shortfalls. In this four-part blog series, we’ll review each of these topics …

Ask the Experts: Salary Nondisclosure Agreements

Question: We’d like to have employees sign a documented policy saying that they will not discuss their pay with current or past employees or with others outside of our company at the risk of having their employment terminated. Is this allowed? Answer: The short answer is no. Section 7 of the federal National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), which is …

California Employment Law Update-September 2017

Workers’ Compensation On September 11, 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation (S.B. 489) amending the state’s workers’ compensation law. The bill extends the billing timeline for emergency treatment services, as defined, to 180 days.   The bill goes into effect on January 1, 2018.   Read CA S.B. 489 Source: Think HR Blog & Updates

New Jersey Employment Law Update-September 2017

Workers’ Compensation – Employee Leasing Agreements On September 13, 2017, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed legislation (S.B. 2512) amending the state’s workers’ compensation law regarding the provision of workers’ compensation insurance under employee leasing agreements.   Among other things, the bill provides that:   Every employee leasing agreement must provide that the employee leasing company must provide workers’ …