Entries by Pamela Sande & Associates

New Compliance Requirements Checklist

Here’s a quick checklist for three new compliance requirements for 2019: 1/1/2019: MA minimum wage increase from $11/hour to $12/hour 7/1/2019: MA Family and Medical Leave, mandatory contributions begin, and employers must start complying with the posting and notice requirements (Note: Paid leave benefits do not start until 1/1/2021) 11/30/2019: Annual filing of Health Insurance […]

Compensation & Benefits By The Numbers – 2019 Changes

Be sure to check out our updated HR @ Work Job Aid, Compensation and Benefits by the Numbers -2019 Changes. The job aid is a one-page reference tool that lists and compares all the limits, thresholds, and other compensation and benefits requirements for 2019 and 2018, including Massachusetts and federal minimum wage requirements, Social Security […]

Employees Under Age 18 Now Excluded from EMAC Supplement Assessment

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 […]

Quick Reference Tools for 2018

We are pleased to announce two quick reference tools for 2018. The first is an update to our previously published HR at Work Job Aid, Compensation and Benefits by the Numbers – 2018 Changes, which now includes the IRS mileage reimbursement rate for 2018. The new mileage rate is 54.5¢, up 1¢ from 2017. The […]

Health Care Contributions and Experience Rate Adjustments

Governor Baker signed An Act Further Regulating Employer Contributions to Health Care (The Act) into law in August 2017, and regulations implementing The Act were issued in late 2017. Issue 6 of HR Insights discusses The Act’s impact on employers. The Act: Temporarily increases the existing Employer Medical Assistance Contribution (EMAC) Temporarily creates a supplemental […]