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HR Compliance News: Massachusetts Passes Pay Equity Act

On August 1, 2016, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed into law An Act to Establish Pay Equity (the “Pay Equity Act”). The main purpose of the law is strengthen the state’s existing equal pay law and to impose certain new obligations and limitations on employers. While this law will not be effective until July 1, [...]

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Federal Budget Bill Increases Mass Transit Benefits

As part of the federal budget bill that was signed into law on December 18th, 2015, the maximum monthly tax exclusion for employer-provided mass transit benefits was increased. As a result, the limit for transit benefits is now equal to the limit for employer-provided qualified parking benefits. The increase applies retroactively to months after 2014. [...]

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Affordable Care Act News Update: Cadillac Tax Delayed for Two Years

On December 18th, 2015, President Barack Obama signed a federal budget bill for 2016 into law which makes significant changes to some of the tax provisions under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). For employers, the most noticeable impact is a delay on implementing the ACA’s “Cadillac Tax” until 2020. Under the ACA, there will be [...]

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HR Compliance Solutions: Update Your Workplace Posters for State and Federal Laws

Have you reviewed and updated the workplace posters inside your office lately? As an employer, federal and state laws require you to clearly display official labor and employment posters detailing federal and applicable state labor laws. To help ensure that your organization is currently using the latest version of these posters, we’re happy to provide [...]

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New NYC Law Requires Certain Employers to Provide Pre-Tax Transportation Benefits

Effective January 1, 2016, a new local law in New York City will require most employers with 20 or more full-time employees to offer full-time employees the opportunity to use pre-tax earnings to purchase qualified transportation fringe benefits — other than qualified parking — in accordance with federal law. Under this law, a “full-time employee” is defined as an employee [...]

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Massachusetts Enacts Paid Sick Leave Law

On Nov. 4, 2014, Massachusetts voters approved a ballot measure to provide earned paid sick leave to employees. The mandate is scheduled to take effect on July 1, 2015. To help you understand how this may impact your business, we have provided a brief overview below. Who is Affected by this Law? Employers with 11 or [...]

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Health Care Reform News: Draft Forms and Instructions for Employer Reporting Requirements

Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), new reporting requirements were created under Internal Revenue Code Sections 6055 and 6056. Under these new rules, certain employers must provide information to the IRS about the health plan coverage they offer (or do not offer) to their employees. The IRS recently released draft version of the forms and instructions [...]

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Massachusetts Alert: New Law Provides Leave for Certain Victims of Domestic Violence

Under a new Massachusetts state law effective as of August 8, 2014, an employer with 50 or more employees must permit an employee to take up to 15 days of leave from work in any 12 month period if: The employee (or a family member of the employee) is a victim of abusive behavior The [...]

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Legal News for Massachusetts Employers: Job Applicants and Social Media Research

As adoption of social networking sites has increased, so has the willingness of people to frequently document and share detailed aspects of their lives. But while the intention behind many social networking posts may be to update friends, family, and other close connections, the reality is that data has value to others as well. For [...]

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Massachusetts and Health Care Reform: Small Group Transitional Period Extended

On April 24th, 2014, the U.S. Health and Human Services department announced that that Massachusetts has been given an additional year to phase in insurance rating changes that are part of the Affordable Care Act. When it comes to calculating group health insurance premiums, current Massachusetts law allows for a larger variety of factors to be considered, including industry, participation [...]

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