The Department of Labor (DOL) once again extended the expiration of the FMLA forms originally set to expire in May 2018 to July 31, 2018.   The forms are available on DOL’s website.  Here is a list of the forms and their website addresses where the current and any new updated forms once issued can be found.

The MA Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA) recently announced that it modified the Employer Medical Assistance Contribution (EMAC) regulations to exclude employees under age 18 (minors) from the EMAC supplement tax assessment.  The change was made to prevent unintended consequences of the regulations.

The EMAC supplement tax was created under An Act to Further Regulating Employer Contributions to Health Care, which was signed into law by Governor Baker in August 2017, and effective January 1, 2018.  The EMAC supplement tax is a temporary tax due to expire on December 31, 2019.  It was put into place to help offset the costs for employees who have coverage through MassHealth or subsidized coverage through the Massachusetts ConnectorCare Program until longer-term reform measures can be put into place.

For more information about EMAC and its impact on employers, be sure to read HR Insights, Issue 6.

Governor Baker signed H.4640, known as the “Grand Bargain” into law on June 28, 2018.  The new law:

  • Increases the Massachusetts minimum wage over the next five years from $11 to $15 per hour
  • Phases out certain premium pay requirements for retail employees working Sundays and holidays
  • Creates a job-protected paid family and medical leave (FML) program in Massachusetts

In addition, the new law establishes an annual permanent two-day weekend sales tax holiday starting in August of 2019.

For a summary of the Grand Bargain legislation, be sure to read our latest issue of HR Insights.