May 2022



Holiday celebrations - small and large gatherings

CDC continues to recommend avoiding large events and gatherings. Here is an infographic with helpful tips for enjoying holiday traditions while protecting your loved ones.

New minimum wages for 2022

More than 20 states and 30 local minimum wage rates are scheduled to increase on January 1, 2022. Below is a summary of these changes and guidelines to help you comply with your minimum wage requirements.

Vaccine mandate for federal contractors delayed

President Biden has announced that federal contractors and subcontractors will have until January 18, 2022 to ensure that all covered employees are fully vaccinated for COVID-19.

Federal vaccine mandate issued for certain healthcare providers

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued an emergency rule that requires COVID-19 vaccination for workers at healthcare facilities that participate in Medicare and Medicaid programs.

Dept. of Labor issues final rule implementing minimum wage increase for federal contractors

The Biden administration has announced its Final Rule directing federal contractors to pay their workers a $15 minimum wage starting next year.

The Final Rule, effective January 30, 2022, establishes standards and procedures for implementing and enforcing the minimum wage protections of Executive Order 14026 (Order). Additionally, it sets forth an anti-retaliation provision, a prohibition against waiver of rights, and a severability clause. Finally, the Final Rule specifies procedures related to complaint intake, investigations, remedies, and administrative enforcement proceedings.

Full-Time vs. Part-Time vs. FTE: What you need to know

Employers often have questions about the differences between employee status, such as full-time, part-time, and full-time-equivalent employees, and how employment laws apply to these workers. Below we answer frequently asked questions about full-time, part-time, and full-time-equivalent employees.

How to manage allergies in the workplace

Exposure to allergens in the workplace may negatively impact employees’ productivity and jeopardize their health and safety. Here are some guidelines for addressing allergies in the workplace.

Compliance Calendar

Here is a summary of compliance requirements that took effect recently or will take effect soon. Note: This Compliance Calendar covers January 1, 2022 minimum wage increases for all applicable states. Some cities and counties set their own minimum wages that will also increase. Check your local laws to confirm compliance. 

Be safe on the roads this holiday season

As the holiday season approaches, we would like to share a few reminders for how to stay safe while driving so you can travel safely to celebrate this special time with your loved ones. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that over 36,000 people were killed on U.S. roadways in 2019. Motor vehicle crashes are also the #1 cause of workplace death according to the National Safety Council.

2021 ACA Reporting Begins!

Applicable Large Employers (ALEs), employers with an average of at least 50 full-time employees (including full-time equivalents) in the prior calendar year (2020), need to file ACA Forms 1094-C and 1095-C with the IRS.

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