Gearing up for 2022

It may only be November, but the next two months promise to be jam packed with Thanksgiving feasts, holiday cheer, lively celebrations, and, for employers and third-party administrators (TPAs), preparations to implement leave legislation that will be taking effect in January of 2022. Here’s a list of what employers and TPAs should plan to have … Continued

What We Heard at the EEOC Hearing on COVID-19 Workplace Discrimination Impacts, And What Employers Can Do About Disability

On April 28, 2021, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) conducted a hearing to discuss what it referred to as the “civil rights crisis” impacting the workplace as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. ReedGroup tuned in to listen to several experts’ testimony covering a range of employment discrimination issues related to the pandemics. … Continued

Connecticut and Massachusetts PFML Reminders & Resources for 2021

Connecticut Registration and Catch-Up Contributions Connecticut once again reminded employers that they must register for the CT Paid Leave (CTPL) program with the Connecticut Paid Leave Authority (the Authority) as soon as possible if they have not already done so. Employers who didn’t register or begin withholding employer contributions timely can still use the catch-up … Continued

DOL’s EBSA Issues Update on Emergency ERISA Deadline Extensions

The Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Department (EBSA) has published EBSA Disaster Relief Notice 2021-01, which provides updated guidance regarding Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) disability claim timelines. History Last spring, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Departments of Labor and Treasury published guidance extending certain timeframes under ERISA and the Internal … Continued

Are You Complying with the Connecticut Paid Family and Medical Leave Act? Here’s A Tool (And Some Recommendations) to Help

Connecticut employers kicked off the new year with employee payroll deductions that will fund the state’s Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) program, slated to start paying benefits January 1, 2022. Registration for the program began in December, but employers can still enroll if they haven’t done so yet. CT State PFML Employer Toolkit The … Continued