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Month: January 2017
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DOL extends Expiration Dates for COBRA and CHIP notices (until 2019)
Washington DC – The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has quietly extended the effective date of its model Employer CHIP Notice, General Notice of COBRA Rights, and COBRA Election Notice so that all three notices are effective through December 31, 2019.  The previous forms and model notices had an expiration date of December 31, 2016. Eve...
Florida publishes new rules for Medical Marijuana
Tallahassee – The implementation of the Constitutional amendment passed by Florida voters in November is moving rapidly.  The Office of Compassionate Use (part of the Florida Department of Health) published a notice of Rule Development on January 17, 2017.  The proposed rule expands the Office of Compassionate Use’s (OCU) regulation o...
What is an Accountable Plan (IRS) for Employee Business Expenses?
A business expense reimbursement or allowance arrangement is a system by which a company pays advances, reimbursements, and charges for an employee’s business expenses.   How your company reports a reimbursement or allowance amount depends on whether the company has an accountable or a non-accountable plan. According to the IRS, if a single pay...
Four Miami Contractors cited almost $100k after fatal fall in Kendall
Miami, FL – On June 26, 2016, a construction worker performing punch-list activities at a Kendall Square housing complex construction site in Miami, fell 11 feet to his death through an unprotected stairway opening.  An OSHA investigation revealed that the stairway opening had no guardrails or cover as required by OSHA standards, and tha...
Medical Marijuana in Florida: A Summary for Employers and Employees
Tallahassee, FL (January 3, 2017) –  Now that Florida voters have approved Amendment 2, the constitutional amendment allowing the use of medical marijuana, there are many changes coming to Florida.  In the next few years, I predict there will be more medical conditions approved, more doctors prescribing, more cannabis use and more approved...
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