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Rhode Island Employment Law Update – July 2016

Jul 18, 2016
Recovery of Unpaid Wages On July 12, 2016, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo signed legislation (H.B. 7628) that: Provides employees with several additional avenues to help them collect their wages from nonpaying employers. Sets forth penalties for nonpayment of wages by an employer. Implements a new procedure for filing claims.…
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Federal Employment Law Update – November 2016

Nov 7, 2016
PCORI Fee Increase for Health Plans On November 4, the IRS released Notice 2016-64 to announce that the health plan Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) fee for plan years ending between October 1, 2016 and September 30, 2017 is $2.26 per plan participant. The Affordable Care Act created the PCORI to study…
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Nevada Employment Law Update – June 2017

Jun 19, 2017
Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights On June 12, 2017, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval signed legislation (S.B. 232) creating the Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights. The law provides for the mandatory payment of wages and overtime wages for certain hours worked, limitations on deductions for food and lodging, rest breaks, and…
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Vermont Employment Law Update – May 2016

Jun 3, 2016
Employment Rights of National Guard and Reserve Members On May 23, 2016, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed legislation (H.B. 805) regarding the employment rights of members of the National Guard and Reserve Components of the U.S. Armed Forces. The law clarifies that the provisions of Vermont law governing leaves of…
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Missouri Employment Law Update – July 2017

Jul 17, 2017
Discrimination Updates On June 30, 2017, Missouri Governor Eric Greitens signed legislation (S.B. 43) modifying current unlawful discriminatory practices requiring the adverse decision or action be motivated by a protected criterion. Additionally, the legislation makes the law applicable to an employer, employment agency, labor organization, or place of public accommodation…
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Massachusetts Employment Law Update – July 2016

Aug 15, 2016
Pay Equity Law On August 1, 2016, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed legislation (S.B. 2119) aimed at eliminating gender-based pay discrimination. Pursuant to the law, an employer may not discriminate in any way on the basis of gender in the payment of wages, including benefits or other compensation, or pay…
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Kentucky Employment Law Update – January 2017

Jan 16, 2017
Paycheck Protection Act On January 9, 2017, Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin signed into law the Paycheck Protection Act (S.B. 6). Pursuant to the law, an employee may not be enrolled in a labor organization absent the employee’s written request for membership. In addition, neither union dues or other fees may…
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Maryland Employment Law Update – May 2017

Jun 5, 2017
Health Insurance and Required Conformity with Federal Law On May 25, 2017, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan signed legislation (H.B. 123), which amends current law as follows: Alters the length of a policy term and the information provided in the notice for short-term medical insurance procured from a non-admitted insurer. Applies…
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District of Columbia Employment Law Update – January 2017

Jan 16, 2017
Wage Theft Prevention Clarification and Overtime Fairness Emergency Amendment Act of 2016 On December 21, 2016, District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser signed into law the Wage Theft Prevention Clarification and Overtime Fairness Emergency Amendment Act of 2016. The act relates to the payment and collection of wages; administrative hearings…
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Hawaii Employment Law Update – July 2017

Jul 17, 2017
Family Leave to Include Coverage for Care of Sibling On July 10, 2017, Hawaii Governor David Ige signed legislation (H.B. 213) permitting an employee to take family leave to care for his or her sibling with a serious health condition. The notice and certification requirements were also updated to reflect…
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Federal Employment Law Update – December 2016

Dec 19, 2016
President Obama Signs 21st Century Cures Act into Law On December 13, 2016, President Obama signed the 21st Century Cures Act (H.R. 6) into law. The law allows certain small businesses to use qualified small business health reimbursement accounts (HRAs) without Affordable Care Act (ACA) related penalties. Certain limits to…
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West Virginia Employment Law Update – May 2017

May 22, 2017
Safer Workplace Act On April 26, 2017, West Virginia Governor Jim Justice signed legislation (H.B. 2857) enacting the West Virginia Safer Workplace Act. The act permits employers to test employees and applicants for drugs and alcohol as a condition of continued employment or hiring. The act supersedes judicial precedent that…
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