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Section 809 Panel Reports
The Department of Defense’s Section 809 panel has completed its efforts to identify potential ways to streamline and improve the defense acquisition system.
Proposed USDOL Budget for FY 2020 Signals Priorities
The Trump administration’s proposed FY 2020 discretionary budget request for the U.S. Department of Labor is $10.9 billion, or $1.2 billion less than the $12.1 billion enacted for FY 2019
OFCCP Issues Directive for Voluntary Enterprise-wide Review Program
The Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has issued a new policy directive announcing a voluntary compliance program for top-performing federal contractors.
WHD Releases New Online Guide for FLSA
The Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division (WHD) recently announced the launch of its enhanced electronic version of the Handy Reference Guide to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
2020 Budget Pledges to Invest in Paid Family Leave
President Trump’s newly released 2020 budget includes a proposal to invest in supporting working families with paid family leave. The hope is to help families balance home and work obligations by granting access to paid family leave nationwide.
DOL Issues Notice on Overtime Regulations
On March 7, the Department of Labor (DOL) released a Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) that looks to revise overtime regulations by updating the salary and compensation levels that workers need to be considered exempt.
2019 Prevailing Wage Seminars
The Wage and Hour Division (WHD) has published the location of its upcoming prevailing wage seminars for 2019. The seminars will be three-day compliance training sessions designed for regional stakeholders such as unions, private contractors, state agencies, federal agencies, and workers.
President Signs into Law the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act
On October 24, President Trump signed the “Substance Use-Disorder Prevention That Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act,” which aims to address the opioid crisis by reducing the supply of opioids and access to them.
IRS and SSA Announce 2019 Employee Benefit Plan Limits
In November, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) publicized the 2019 cost-of-living adjustments (COLA) to the appropriate dollar limits on many employer-sponsored retirement and welfare plans and the Social Security wage base.
OFCCP Announces Three New Directives
Early Resolution Procedures (ERP) Directive: establishes OFCCP’s new Early Resolution Procedures (ERP) and outlines general guidelines for implementation to resolve supply and service compliance evaluations at the earliest stage possible with corporate-wide compliance.
DOL Announces Planned Regulatory Activities
This fall, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published its regulatory agenda, outlining its planned regulatory and deregulatory activities to the Executive Office of the President, Congress, agency managers, and the public.
IRS Issues Guidance on New Tax Law Credits
This fall, the IRS published Notice 2018-17 which announced that eligible employers who provide paid family and medical leave to their employees might qualify for a new business credit for tax years 2018 and 2019. The notice offers comprehensive guidance on the new credit, which was enacted by the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) and provides resources to business owners.
WHD Conducts Overtime Rule Listening Sessions
In September, the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) conducted public listening sessions to gather views on Part 541 white-collar exemption regulations, often referred to as the “Overtime Rule.”
Two New Directives Aimed At Ensuring Equal Employment Opportunity
The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) recently announced two new directives aimed at ensuring equal employment opportunity and protecting Americans’ religious freedom. These directives provide guidance to OFCCP staff and federal contractors regarding enforcement and compliance policy and procedures.
DOL Issues 2019 Minimum Wage Increase for Federal Contractors
The Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the U.S. Department of Labor has issued a notice announcing the required minimum wage rate to be paid to workers performing work on or in connection with Federal contracts covered by Executive Order (EO) 13658, beginning on January 1, 2019.
DOL Increases SCA Fringe Rate
The U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division increased the Service Contract Act’s most prevalent fringe rate to $4.48 if the contract is not subject to Executive Order 13706 (paid sick leave). All service contracts subject to Executive Order 13706 will utilize the reduced $4.18 SCA Health & Welfare Benefit Rate.
DOJ & DOL Unite to Protect U.S. Workers
The Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division and the Department of Labor (DOL) have expanded their collaboration to better protect U.S. workers from discrimination by employers that prefer to hire temporary visa workers over qualified U.S. workers.
The Opioid Crisis and Its Effect on Employers
Opioid abuse and addiction continue to be a crisis affecting people across America, regardless of gender, income level, or age. Employers, in turn, are faced with rising costs of healthcare treatments.
FCE is proud to provide our clients peace of mind with best-in-class data security
FCE Benefit Administrators , the leading provider of benefits administration for government contractors, are pleased to announce their systems (user workstations, remote user laptops, TAS, Claimscape, and corporate firewalls) have earned Certified status for information security by HITRUST.
FCE Ahead of the Curve with Training and Education
FCE has already been providing paid training and development to our employees well in advance of the recent Executive Order creating the President’s National Council For The American Worker.
WHD Budget Focused on Compliance and Technology
The Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) has submitted its FY 2019 budget request of $230 million, which includes an increase of $4 million and the addition of 15 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees for compliance assistance and accompanying technology.
Benefits Insights, Spring 2018
Trump Calls for Paid Family Leave
In his State of the Union address, President Trump called for a policy of paid family leave in support of working families. The White House has also included a paid family leave plan in its 2019 budget proposal. The intent is to create a plan that would give both new and adoptive parents six weeks of paid family leave.
Benefits Insights, Spring 2018
DOL Reissues Opinion Letters Previously Withdrawn
The Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has reissued 17 opinion letters from the Bush administration that were withdrawn during the Obama administration. The reinstated letters are expected to provide essential guidance to employers on a wide range of questions concerning the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
Benefits Insights, Spring 2018
DOL Offers Free Seminars on Wage Requirements
The Wage and Hour Division (WHD) will offer free compliance seminars intended to support employers, community rehabilitation programs (CRPs) and other certificate holders in complying with Section 214(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
Benefits Insights, Spring 2018
Companies Partner to Reduce Health Care Costs
Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JP Morgan announced in January that they will partner on ways to reduce health-care costs while looking to improve health care for their 1.1 million employees.
Benefits Insights, Spring 2018
WHD to Host Prevailing Wage Seminars
The Wage and Hour Division (WHD) has published the dates of its upcoming prevailing wage seminars for 2018. The seminars will be three-day compliance training sessions designed for regional stakeholders.
Benefits Insights, Spring 2018
Mindfulness May Help Combat Obesity
...applying mindfulness as part of a weight management program may provide substantial benefits to the prevention and treatment of obesity.
Benefits Insights, Spring 2018
House Committee Hearing Provides Insights into DOL
On November 15th Labor Secretary Alexandra Acosta discussed DOL priorities during a hearing with the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. The committee inquired about past, present and future initiatives and other rulemaking positions. Though brief, Acosta did provide some insight into the department’s stance on many current workplace concerns.
Benefits Insights, Winter 2018
HHS Proposes Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule concerning benefits and payment parameters for the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The proposed rule is intended to increase flexibility in the individual market, improve program integrity, and reduce regulatory burdens associated with the ACA in the individual and small group markets.
Benefits Insights, Winter 2018
New York Boosts Strongest Paid Family Leave Policy in Nation
On January 1, 2018, New York Paid Family Leave (PFL) will take effect, making it the most extensive paid family leave plan in the nation. Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the PFL into law to protect working families against having to make a choice between caring for their loved ones and risking their economic security.
Benefits Insights, Winter 2018
Recent NLRB Announcements Could Signal Changes
In December, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) made three significant announcements that may indicate changes to come under the Trump administration regarding labor laws.
Benefits Insights, Winter 2018
New OFCCP Director: Administration Looking to Florida
The Trump Administration has reportedly chosen Craig E. Leen to serve as senior advisor to Secretary of Labor Acosta, perhaps as the next director of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP).
Benefits Insights, Winter 2018
Acosta as the New Labor Secretary
In April, the Senate confirmed the nomination of Alexander Acosta as the new Secretary of Labor, making him the first Hispanic in President Trump’s cabinet.
Benefits Insights, Summer 2017
FY18 Department of Labor Budget Request
The US Department of Labor... released its proposed FY18 budget. The budget includes $9.7 billion in discretionary spending, which is a $2.4 billion decrease from FY17.
Benefits Insights, Summer 2017
Working Families Flexibility Act of 2017
On May 2, the House of Representative passed H.R. 1180, the Working Families Flexibility Act of 2017, which proposes to amend the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) of 1938 to permit private-sector employees to “bank” overtime hours for later compensated time off.
Benefits Insights, Summer 2017
American Health Care Reform Act of 2017
This spring, the House passed the American Health Care Reform Act (AHCA) of 2017, a bill aimed at changing portions of the current health care system.
Benefits Insights, Summer 2017
DOL Proposes New Paid Family Leave Plan
The Department of Labor (DOL) proposed budget for 2018 introduced a paid family leave plan that supports the goal of investing in priorities that provide working families access to paid leave.
Benefits Insights, Summer 2017
American Health Care Act Pulled Before House Vote
The first step by the U.S. House of Representatives to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act has experienced a setback. The American Health Care Act (AHCA), released in early March and passed by both the House Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce Committees, was withdrawn from floor consideration by Speaker Paul Ryan because it did not have enough support.
Benefits Insights, Spring 2017
FCE Adding Value Through Education
At FCE, we believe in the importance of top-quality customer service. That is why we are committed to providing ongoing education and training to our workforce that focuses on providing best-in-class services to our clients and members.
Benefits Insights, Spring 2017
Fair Pay and Safe Workplace Act Overturns Obama Executive Order
President Trump has signed a resolution to overturn the Obama Executive Order on Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces.
Benefits Insights, Spring 2017
Executive Order Meant to Minimize the Economic Burden of the ACA Pending Repeal
Shortly after being sworn in on January 20th, President Donald Trump issued an Executive Order aimed at minimizing the economic burden of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Benefits Insights, Spring 2017
IRS Issues Proposed Regulations on Definition of Dependent
In January, the IRS released proposed regulations concerning the definition of “dependent&rquo; that relates to changes made by the Working Families Tax Relief Act of 2004 (WFTRA) and subsequent legislation.
Benefits Insights, Spring 2017
Benefits of Mindfulness in the Workplace
Mindfulness is becoming a popular trend in the workplace as more and more employers offer mindfulness training to help improve overall company performance. Studies show that there is a direct correlation between the positive effects of mindfulness training with improved health, outlook, and performance of employees.
Benefits Insights, Spring 2017
The Single Employer Trust under ERISA
FCE believes that the greater flexibility of the SET makes it more accommodating, in that it allows an Employer to choose from a more extensive range of benefit solutions; especially the option to provide self-funded, level funded and stop-loss insured health & welfare benefits.
Benefits Insights, Winter 2017
FCE Focusing on Cyber Security
HIPAA has been a great start to protecting personal healthcare information. However, as technology evolves, so do cyber threats and how we defend against them.
Benefits Insights, Winter 2017
DOL Issues Notice of 2017 Minimum Wage Increase for Federal Contractors
This fall, the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the U.S. Department of Labor issued a notice announcing the required minimum wage rate for workers performing work on or in connection with Federal contracts covered by Executive Order (EO) 13658, beginning on January 1, 2017.
Benefits Insights, Winter 2017
Injunction Halts Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Final Rule
Federal contractors should be aware that several aspects of the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order and its Final Rule were shut down this fall...
Benefits Insights, Winter 2017
Nationwide Injunction Issued Against New Overtime Rule
In November, a federal district court judge in Texas granted a preliminary injunction suspending the US Department of Labor’s final rule regarding the extension of overtime pay for more than 4.2 million workers.
Benefits Insights, Winter 2017