Regulatory Roundup November 2020December 01, 2020 Blog Post
Legislative updates from November include year-end fund carryover announcements from the IRS and new legislation for 2021.
As the year ends, legislation across multiple areas of human resources passed on both a federal and state level. With a long and varied list of compliance alerts to sort through, we’re here to quickly compile them all for you in one place.
Since COVID-19 altered the course of many workplaces in 2020, questions naturally arose for the IRS regarding carrying over unused benefits into the new year. For unused parking and transit funds, a new information letter confirms these benefits can remain in the account for future use or applied to another transportation fringe – but cannot be refunded.
A similar announcement was made in regards to unused Dependent Care FSA. While the IRS is not allowing refunds on allotted funds, it is allowing a grace period of 75 days following the plan year.
Looking ahead into 2021, Colorado will align with the rising HR trend of pay transparency – adopting Equal Pay Transparency Rules beginning January 1, 2021. These rules maintain clear salary ranges on job postings – including promotions – within the state, descriptions of benefits, and any other bonuses or commissions coinciding with the position.
Here is a full list of this month’s compliance and tax alerts:
2020 Year-End Legislation
- IRS announces grace period for Dependent Care FSA
- Options for unused 2020 transit benefits
- US Department of Labor announces federal unemployment rate for Virgin Islands
- New guidance for Paycheck Protection Program
2021 and Future
- Group health plans and insurers required to make price transparency disclosures
- Colorado adopts pay transparency rules
- Family and medical leave expanded in Colorado
- Privacy laws increased in California
- Rhode Island requires all residents to enroll in qualifying health coverage
- Colorado will launch statewide savings program in 2021
- PCORI fee extended an additional 10 years
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