28 December 2018 By

This is just another reminder that the law requires employers every year (by December 31st) to post and distribute notices advising their employees that they have the “right to be free from gender inequity or bias in pay, compensation, benefits, or other terms or conditions of employment.”

 The following is required:

 (1) Covered employers (that is, employers in New Jersey which have a total of 50 or more employees, whether those employees work inside or outside of New Jersey) must conspicuously post the gender equity notice in a place or places accessible to all New Jersey employees in each of the employer’s workplaces.  In the event that a covered employer has an internet site or intranet site for exclusive use by its employees and to which all employees have access, posting of the gender equity notice on the covered employer’s internet site or intranet site will satisfy the conspicuous posting requirement.

(2) For each employee, the covered employer must provide that employee with a written copy of the gender equity notice at the time of the employee’s hiring.

(3) Covered employers must annually, on or before December 31 of each year, provide each employee a written copy of the gender equity notice.

(4) Covered employers must provide each employee a written copy of the gender equity notice upon first request of the employee.

11 December 2018 By

This is just a reminder that the New Jersey Health Insurance Market Preservation Act is effective January 1, 2019.  This new law is a continuation of the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) provision, requiring every New Jersey resident to obtain health insurance or make a Shared Responsibility Payment (SRP).  While the federal individual mandate penalty will no longer be imposed to the uninsured in 2019, under this new law, New Jersey taxpayers who are subject to the individual mandate (and their dependents) must have minimum essential coverage (MEC) during each month of the year in 2019.  Those without MEC may be subject to a penalty that is equal to the amount they would have paid if the ACA’s mandate had not been repealed: $695 for adults ($347.50 per child) or 2.5 percent of a taxpayer’s income, whichever is greater. This amount is adjusted for inflation each year.

18 October 2018 By

The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJDOL) released on its website the required notice that must be posted and distributed to all New Jersey employees under the New Jersey Paid Sick Leave Law.  Attached is a copy of the notice.

Here are some answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the posting and distribution requirements for the notice:

1. Are employers required to post a notice about the law?

Yes. New Jersey employers must post a notice of employee rights in a conspicuous place accessible to all employees in each of the employer’s workplaces.

2. Can employers post the required notice electronically?

Yes. The proposed regulations state that the required notice may be posted on “an internet site or intranet site” if the employer has such a site “for exclusive use by its employees and to which all employees have access.” 

05 October 2018 By

Employers who provide prescription drug coverage to plan participants (employees and dependents) are required to notify those that may be eligible for Medicare whether their prescription drug coverage is “creditable coverage”, which means that the benefits are expected to pay on average as much as the standard Medicare prescription drug coverage.  This Notice must be distributed by October 14.  Please let me know if you need a copy of the Notice in English and/or Spanish.

Additionally, all employers are required to report their plan status to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on an annual basis, within 2 months after your prescription renewal.

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