HR Announcements

Updated CHIP Notice

The U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) has published an update to its model notice form that is used to inform employees about Children’s Health Insurance Program (“CHIP”). Employers with group health plans are required to distribute a CHIP notice at least...

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Coronavirus Update to Employers

On January 30, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak of 2019-nCov also knows as “Coronavirus” as a public health emergency of international concern. On January 31, 2020 President Trump signed a presidential proclamation suspending entry into...

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Maryland Bans the Box Statewide

Maryland has just joined a growing number of states and local jurisdictions in banning private employers from requesting information about an applicant’s criminal history in job applications.  Some Maryland localities (like Baltimore, Montgomery County, and Prince...

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Oregon Enacts New Corporate Activity Tax

Oregon recently passed a new Corporate Activity Tax (“CAT”), which became effective on January 1, 2020. The CAT impacts not only corporations, but most business entities that have a strong economic presence in the state of Oregon. This new tax is imposed...

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Minimum Wage Rate Changes by State

The federal minimum wage rate of $7.25 has remained unchanged since 2009. Effective January 1, 2020, twenty-one (21) states have adopted a higher minimum wage than the federal rate. To help ensure that the minimum wage keeps pace with the rising cost of living, many...

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OSHA Form 300A Electronic Filing

Most employers with more than ten (10) employees are required to keep a record of serious work-related injuries and illnesses. (Certain low-risk industries are exempted.) Minor injuries requiring first aid only do not need to be recorded.  Employers record and keep...

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