- Paid Leave Required for New Mexico Workers, Starting in 2022 April 15, 2021Beginning July 1, 2022, most New Mexico employers will be required to provide up to 64 hours of paid leave annually for specific reasons relating to the health or safety of employees or their family members.
- Virginia Passes Paid Sick Leave Law for Home Health Workers April 15, 2021Under a new law effective July 1, 2021, employers of home health workers in Virginia must provide paid sick leave for specific purposes relating to the medical needs of the workers or their family members.
- Philadelphia Requires COVID-19-related Employee Leave April 13, 2021A new Philadelphia Public Health Emergency Leave law mandates up to 80 hours of paid employee leave for specific COVID-19-related reasons.
- Virginia Adopts New Overtime Wage Rules April 12, 2021The New Law Uses Different Formulas to Calculate the Regular Wage Rate On March 31, 2021, Virginia adopted the Virginia Overtime Wage Act (the Act). This new law becomes effective July 1, 2021, and, like its federal counterpart—the Fair Labor
- DOL Issues Model Notices, FAQs for COBRA Subsidy Under ARPA April 7, 2021On April 7, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor issued FAQs and model notices for the COBRA premium assistance provisions of the American Rescue Plan Act.
- IRS Publishes Guidance for 2021 Employee Retention Credit (Q1/Q2) April 7, 2021The Tax Credit Will Increase to 70 Percent of Eligible Wages for the First Two Quarters of 2021 On April 2, 2021, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published Notice 2021 23 to provide guidance for employers claiming the employee retention
- Illinois Issues Guidance on Employee Time Off for COVID-19 Vaccination April 1, 2021The Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL) has issued guidance for employers about employee leave for COVID-19 vaccination, addressing mandatory, optional and family member situations.
- EEOC Announces EEO-1 Reporting Begins April 26 March 30, 2021The portal for private-sector employers to submit equal employment opportunity (EEO-1) workforce data from 2019 and 2020 will open on April 26, 2021, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced March 29, 2021.
- IRS Extends Time to Make IRA, HSA Contributions and File Forms 1040 March 30, 2021On March 29, 2021, the Internal Revenue Service issued Notice 2021-21, which extends tax deadlines for filing Form 1040 series returns and other deadlines to May 17, 2021.
- Face Masks and Other PPE Treated as Deductible Medical Expenses March 30, 2021The Internal Revenue Service has issued Announcement 2021-7, clarifying that amounts paid for certain personal protective equipment (PPE)—such as masks, hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes—used for the primary purpose of preventing the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) are deductible medical expenses.
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