Tag: smoking

Smoking Prohibitions On July 17, 2018, Alaska Governor Bill Walker signed legislation (S.B. 63) revising all state laws prohibiting smoking in enclosed areas and workplaces. The law includes definitions, prohibitions, exemptions, employer duties, posting requirements, and increased penalties for noncompliance. The law is effective October 1, 2018. Read AK S.B. 63 Elimination of Subminimum Wage…

Updated Withholding Allowance Certificate With a revision date of July 2018, the New Jersey Division of Taxation released an updated Employee Withholding Allowance Certificate (Form NJ-W4) with rate tables that correspond to the certificate’s wage chart. See the NJ-W4 New Jersey Smoke Free Air Act On July 20, 2018, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed…

Mental Illness Insurance Coverage On July 7, 2018, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo signed legislation (S.B. 2540) to include behavioral health counseling visits and medication maintenance visits as primary care visits for patient cost-sharing requirements under the provisions of a health plan. The law also amends the Rhode Island Health Care Reform Act of 2004…

Question: We currently do not hire individuals who smoke tobacco, and we require them to take a test at time of hire to see if they have nicotine in their system. Is this a permissible practice? Answer: Generally, it is a permissible practice, but it could still pose a legal issue. While it is illegal…