Regulatory Updates

FMCSA Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse Technical Difficulties

Since the Clearinghouse became operational on Jan. 6, 2020, the online system has experienced technical difficulties with queries.

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FMCSA Makes Significant Increase to the Random Drug Test Rate for 2020

On Dec. 27, 2019, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced it is doubling the minimum annual percentage rate for random controlled substances testing for commercial motor vehicle drivers.

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Cadillac Tax and Other Key ACA Taxes Repealed

On Dec. 20, 2019, President Trump signed into law a spending bill that prevents a government shutdown and repeals the following three taxes and fees under the Affordable Care Act (ACA):

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Employers of CDL Drivers Must Register for the Clearinghouse

The new Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse will be operational Jan. 6, 2020.

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IRS Provides Transition Relief for 2019 ACA Reporting

On Dec. 2, 2019, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2019-63 to extend the due date for furnishing forms under Sections 6055 and 6056 for 2019 from Jan. 31, 2020, to March 2, 2020.

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Mandatory Use of Electronic Logging Devices

Companies operating commercial vehicle fleets have until Dec. 16, 2019 to switch from an Automatic On-Boarding Recording Device (AOBRD) to a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) registered Electronic Logging Device (ELD).

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Health FSA Limit Will Increase for 2020

On Nov. 6, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Revenue Procedure 2019-44 (Rev. Proc. 19-44), which increased the health FSA dollar limit on employee salary reduction contributions to $2,750 for taxable years beginning in 2020.

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Medicare Part D Notices Are Due Before Oct. 15, 2019

Each year, Medicare Part D requires group health plan sponsors to disclose to individuals who are eligible for Medicare Part D.

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DOL Issues New Salary Limits for Overtime Exemptions

On Sept. 24, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced a new final rule that updates the salary thresholds that some individuals must meet in order to qualify for a minimum wage and overtime exemption under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The final rule becomes effective on Jan. 1, 2020.

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MN Hands-free Cell Phone Law: 5 Things You Should Know

On Aug. 1, 2019, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety will begin enforcing its new hands-free while driving cell phone law. The law is intended to combat the distracted driving epidemic and the increasing rate of related accidents.

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IRS Expands Preventive Care for HDHPs to Include Chronic Conditions

On July 17, 2019, the IRS released Notice 2019-45 to add care for a range of chronic conditions to the list of preventive care benefits that can be provided by a high deductible health plan (HDHP) without a deductible.

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Minnesota Employers Face New Wage Theft Law July 1

Minnesota employers should be preparing to comply with the state’s new Wage Theft Law by Aug. 1, 2019. The law, which goes into effect July 1, 2019, will require employers take on additional responsibilities related to personnel record-keeping and written notices.

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