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NLRB Changes Rules for Abusive or Offensive Conduct By Employees

Decision Aims to Help Employers Comply With Antidiscrimination Laws On July 21, 2020, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a decision that eases the way for employers to discipline or discharge an employee based on abusive or offensive conduct—such as racist or profane remarks—committed while the employee was also engaged in activities that are…

ACA Affordability Contribution Rate Set at 9.83% for 2021

New Figure Marks Slight Increase from 2020 Under the Affordable Care Act’s employer shared responsibility (pay or play) rules, applicable large employers—generally those who have 50 or more full-time employees (including full-time equivalent employees)—may be subject to a penalty if they do not offer affordable health insurance coverage that provides minimum value to their full-time…

Trump Signs Executive Orders to Lower Drug Prices

Series of Four Executive Orders Issued On July 24, 2020, President Donald Trump issued the following series of executive orders in an effort to lower drug prices: Executive Order on Lowering Prices for Patients by Eliminating Kickbacks to Middlemen: directs federally qualified health centers to pass along massive discounts on insulin and epinephrine received from…

Virginia Adopts Safety and Health Standard for COVID-19

The New Emergency Temporary Standard Requires Job Risk Assessments, Employee Training and Customized Control and Prevention Measures Virginia has adopted an occupational safety and health standard to protect employees within the state from COVID-19. This Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) applies to all employers and employees subject to the Virginia Occupational Safety and Health (VOSH) program.…

Massachusetts Finalizes Amendments to PFML Regulations

Employee Leave Benefits Start Jan. 1, 2021 On July 24, 2020, the Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave published final amendments to regulations issued under the state’s Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) program. The amendments cover a range of subjects, and include changed or new definitions of accrued paid leave, average weekly wage, average…

DOL Guidance Addresses Federal Contractors and FFCRA Leave Pay

Health and Welfare Rate Required Only for Concurrent Leaves The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued questions and answers (Q&As) on when federal contractors must include Service Contract Act (SCA), Davis-Bacon Act (DBA) or Executive Order 13706 fringe benefits--or their monetary equivalent--for workers taking leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). According to…

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