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  • Additional IRS Q&As on American Rescue Plan’s COBRA Subsidy July 27, 2021
    On July 26, 2021, the IRS issued Notice 2021-46, providing additional guidance on the application of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) subsidy for continuation health coverage under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (COBRA) in the form of 11 questions and answers.
  • Domestic Violence Leave for Missouri Workers Enacted July 23, 2021
    A new statute requires Missouri employers with at least 20 employees to provide unpaid leave when workers or their family members are domestic violence victims. The mandate takes effect August 28, 2021.
  • Hawaii Prohibits Requiring Employees to Download COVID-19 Tracing Apps July 22, 2021
    The Prohibition Applies To Current And Prospective Employees When The Download Is Intended As A Condition Of Employment On July 7, 2021, Hawaii adopted a law that prohibits employers from requiring their employees and applicants to download
  • Colorado Repeals Subminimum Wages for Workers with Disabilities July 21, 2021
    Lower Wages Were Repealed To Encourage Competitive Integrated Employment On June 29, 2021, Colorado repealed a law that permitted employers to pay subminimum wage rates to employees with a disability. This amendment states that the legislature is repealing these provisions
  • California Will Allow Electronic Distribution of Workplace Notices July 21, 2021
    Employers Must Also Continue to Physically Display These Electronic Notices On July 16, 2021, California amended its Labor Code to allow employers to distribute certain workplace notices and posters electronically in addition to displaying the postings required by law. The
  • California Supreme Court Rules Noncompliant Rest Periods Must Be Paid at Regular Rate of Pay July 21, 2021
    The Court's Holding Applies Retroactively  On July 15, 2021, the California Supreme Court ruled in Ferra v. Loews Hollywood Hotel, LLC that employers must use the regular rate of pay rather than the hourly wage rate when paying employees for
  • DOL Proposes Rule to Increase Wages for Federal Contractors July 21, 2021
    This DOL proposed Rule Was Issued To Implement The April 27, 2021 Executive Order On July 21, 2021, The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced a proposed rule that would increase the minimum wage rate for federal contractor employees to
  • Hawaii Repeals Subminimum Wage Rate for Disabled Workers July 20, 2021
    The Amendment Was Necessary Because the Law No Longer Met Its Objective On June 16, 2021, Hawaii repealed the ability of employers in the state to pay lower wage rates to employees with disabilities. As a result, employers in Hawaii
  • Rhode Island Increases Temporary Caregiver Benefits July 20, 2021
    Rhode Island has expanded its temporary caregiver insurance (TCI) benefits to cover five weeks annually starting Jan. 1, 2022, and six weeks annually beginning Jan. 1, 2023.
  • Recalling Service Workers Laid Off Due to COVID-19 in Connecticut July 20, 2021
    Employers in Certain Industries Must Rehire Laid Off Workers Instead of Hiring New Ones When Job Opportunities Arise On July 13, 2021, Connecticut adopted a law that requires employers in the hotel, food service and building service industries to recall

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