Monthly Archives: July 2013

More States Increasing Minimum Wage

The minimum wage in Rhode Island is set to increase by 25 cents, effective January 1, 2014, under legislation passed by Rhode Island’s General Assembly on June 27. The $8.00 per hour minimum wage would make Rhode Island’s wage the third-highest in New England, behind Vermont ($8.60 per hour) and Connecticut (8.25 per hour). The […]

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ERISA Compliance for Health and Welfare Plans

Our guest writer, Keith Zuckerman, President, Professional Group Plans, Inc (PGP,) has contributed the following article to the readers of Portnoy, Messinger, Pearl & Associates’ electronic HR Update.   Can the Benefit Booklet Provided by Our Plan’s Insurer Serve as the SPD?   QUESTION: We have a fully insured health plan. The insurer provides a […]

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Federal Contractors – You don’t have enough to do! (a/k/a the OFCCP is adding more to your workload)

Federal contractors and subcontractors can take a small breath – this Spring’s compliance review letters are all out.  If you have not received an audit letter by now, you can breathe easy for the next couple of months.  After that, a new round of letters is expected!   If you are involved in an audit […]

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Obamacare’s Employer Mandate Delayed Until 2015

The Obama administration unexpectedly announced a one-year delay, until 2015, of a central requirement of the Affordable Health Care Act. The requirement that medium and large companies provide coverage for their workers or face fines, was designed to expand coverage for uninsured Americans, and is among the most complex part of the 2010-legislation. Under the […]

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