Happy New Year from all of us at the Crane Agency.  Please find attached your January Wellness Newsletter and HR Brief.

As we start another year, we also wanted to share several legislative and compliance updates which may impact your benefits program in 2019.  These include Updated Minimum Wage Rates for 2019 following an increase from 21 states and the District of Columbia, EEOC Removal of Incentive Limits from Wellness Plans as a result of a recent court ruling, and an overview of Paid Family & Medical Leave laws which were recently enacted in MA, NY, WA & DC. 

Thank you for your continued confidence in the Benefits Department of the Crane Agency. Please do not hesitate to contact your agent or service representative with any additional questions. 

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2019 Minimum Wage Rates by State

21 states and the District of Columbia have announced higher minimum wage rates for 2019. While most of these changes apply at the beginning of the year, new rates in Oregon and Washington D.C. will take effect in July 2019. This compliance bulletin describes the minimum wage rate changes expected for 2019 across the United States.

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EEOC Removes Incentive Limits from Final Wellness Plan Rules

Effective Jan. 1, 2019, the EEOC's 30-percent incentive limit for employer-sponsored wellness plans no longer applies because it was vacated by a federal court. Consistent with the court’s ruling, the EEOC has removed the incentive limit from its wellness plan rules. This Compliance Bulletin summarizes this development and explains what it means for employers that sponsor wellness programs.

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HR Brief Newsletter - January 2019

This month's HR Brief reviews 2019 plan limits and considers how to attract Gen Z talent.

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Live Well, Work Well Newsletter - January 2019

The Live Well, Work Well newsletter is an employee newsletter that is produced monthly and covers topics like health, wellness, fitness, nutrition and personal finance. This month's issue discusses fad diets, winter illnesses and post-holiday depression.

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Paid Family and Medical Leave – State Law Overview

Three states (Massachusetts, New York and Washington) and the District of Columbia have enacted paid family and medical leave laws. This Compliance Overview summarizes these statewide family and medical leave laws, including key compliance requirements for employers.

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