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Federal: ACA, Health Plans, and Reproductive Rights
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ (HHS) press release from June 25, 2022, provides information about the right to access health care, have it covered by insurance or other health care coverage if available, where to go if someone doesn’t have coverage, and how to get more information.
Most health coverage— whether its public (Medicaid) or private (through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Marketplace or an employer)— covers family planning counseling, birth control, and other preventive services at no cost to the individual. Under the ACA, most health plans are required to provide birth control and family planning counseling with no out-of-pocket costs. This includes:
Learn more about birth control coverage requirements for different types of health plans on HealthCare.gov (a federal government website managed by the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services).
Additionally, the right to access other preventive health services with no out-of-pocket costs is legally required under most health insurance plans. Most health insurance plans are required to cover women’s preventive health services, including:
The HHS website ReproductiveRights.gov provides more information about legal rights and available federal resources.
Federal: IRS Increases Mileage Reimbursement Rate Starting July 1
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced that its optional standard mileage rate will increase to 62.5 cents per mile driven for business purposes. The increase takes effect on July 1, 2022.
Use of this rate is optional, though it is widely used by employers as a standard rate for calculating mileage reimbursement for employees who use their personal vehicle for business purposes. If your organization uses the IRS rate to calculate mileage reimbursement, be sure to update your systems to account for this change.
DOL to Hire 100 Investigators, Signaling Potential Enforcement Increase
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently announced an initiative to add 100 investigators to its Wage and Hour Division (WHD)—a potential sign to employers that increased enforcement may be on the horizon.
The WHD is tasked with enforcing comprehensive labor laws that affect more than 148 million workers. This latest push for WHD investigators tracks with the White House’s larger agenda of strengthening workers’ rights.
According to the DOL, the core enforcement obligations of WHD investigators include:
In fiscal year 2021, the WHD collected $230 million in wages owed to 190,000 workers, according to the DOL.
This addition of WHD investigators could translate to an increase in enforcement in 2022.
This means employers should continue to review relevant workplace laws to ensure wage and hour compliance. Common violations include worker misclassification, unpaid overtime, tip theft, insufficient break periods and failure to provide protected leave.
Employers concerned about potential violations are encouraged to speak with legal counsel.
California Local Minimum Wage Increases: Compliance Reminder
On July 1, 2022, numerous cities and counties across California will increase their hourly minimum wage. The new rates are as follows, with employee count listed if applicable:
California: San Francisco Voters Approve Permanent PHEL
On June 9, 2022, the San Francisco Department of Elections preliminarily reported the passage of Proposition G enacting the city’s permanent public health emergency leave (PHEL). The proposition is scheduled to take effect October 1, 2022, and will require employers in the city—with more than 100 employees worldwide—to provide up to 80 hours of paid PHEL per year for their employees in San Francisco. This leave will be in addition to the city’s paid sick leave and available at the beginning of:
This leave replaces the city’s prior COVID-related PHEL, which expired earlier in the year, and its implementation and guidance will be provided by the city’s Office of Labor Standards Enforcement.
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