New OSHA Guidance and
Emergency Temporary Standards

Under the OSH Act, employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthy workplace free from recognized hazards likely to cause death or serious physical harm.

CDC's Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People are directed at individuals and explains that fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing masks or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance. See CDC's Exceptions to COVID- 19 Recommended Precautions for Fully Vaccinated People.

Except for workplace settings covered by OSHA's ETS and mask requirements for public transportation, most employers no longer need to take steps to protect their workers from COVID-19 exposure in any workplace, or well-defined portions of a workplace, where all employees are fully vaccinated. Employers should still take steps to protect unvaccinated or otherwise at-risk workers in their workplaces, or well-defined portions of workplaces.

Employers should engage with workers and their representatives to determine how to implement multi-layered interventions to protect unvaccinated or otherwise at-risk workers and mitigate the spread of COVID-19...

Supreme Court Rejects Challenge
to the ACA's Individual Mandate

On June 17, 2021, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) individual mandate in a 7-2 ruling.

This lawsuit was filed in 2018 by 18 states as a result of the 2017 tax reform law that eliminates the individual mandate penalty. In 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the ACA on the basis that the individual mandate is a valid tax. With the penalty’s elimination, the appeals court in this case determined that the individual mandate is no longer valid under the U.S. Constitution.

What Managers Need to Know About the FMLA

The role that managers play in Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) compliance doesn't have to be complex, so why do managers often fail to alert HR to employees' FMLA leave requests and intermittent leave misuse? Failure to understand their role in FMLA compliance efforts may be why. HR can get them up to speed. 

Important areas that require specific handling include:

  • Notice About Leave
  • Medical Certification
  • Working While on Leave?
  • Other Compliance Obligations

Allen Smith, J.D., Manager of Workplace Law Content for SHRM provides valuable information on an often misunderstood area of HR compliance.

Limits Increase for 2022

On May 10, 2021, the IRS released Revenue Procedure 2021-25 to provide the inflation-adjusted limits for health savings accounts (HSAs) and high deductible health plans (HDHPs) for 2022. The IRS is required to publish these limits by June 1 of each year.

Eligible individuals with self-only HDHP coverage will be able to contribute $3,650 to their HSAs for 2022, up from $3,600 for 2021.

Eligible individuals with family HDHP coverage will be able to contribute $7,300 to their HSAs for 2022, up from $7,200 for 2021.

Individuals who are age 55 or older are permitted to make an additional $1,000 “catch-up” contribution to their HSAs.

6 Benefits to Attract and Retain
Small Business Employees

Attracting and retaining employees is a constant struggle for organizations of any size, but it’s particularly so for small businesses. With smaller teams, employers need to hold onto talent whenever possible. And that can be a challenge, especially when resources are scarce as they are currently amid the lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

That’s why it’s critical for small employers to tailor their benefits offerings in a way that attracts and retains the most employees. One of the best ways to start this process is by surveying existing and potential employees. Employers can ask workers what types of benefits would interest them the most, then use that data to inform benefits decisions.

While each workforce will have unique needs and interests, there are some commonalities seen among small business employees. This article outlines six of the most popular benefits that small businesses are using to attract and retain employees. 

Registration is Now Open!!

Three of our most popular seminars are on the calendar and seats are going quickly! Join Karen Shannon, our Vice President of Business Consulting/CHRO, for highly informative and collaborative sessions focusing on the following topics:

Wednesday, July 21st

Wednesday & Thursday, August 11th and 12th

Wednesday, September 15th

For more information or to be placed on the list for registration, contact Holly Loven at or call (417) 881-8333 ext. 124.
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