Minnesota Employment Law Update – June 2017

Nonresident Entertainer Tax Updated In its Withholding Tax Fact Sheet 11, the Minnesota Department of Revenue (department) revised guidelines for the personal income withholding tax responsibilities of nonresident entertainers, entertainment entities, and promoters to update their processes for electronic deposits. Promoters, nonresident entertainers, and entertainment entities may make their tax deposits electronically through e-Services, but must still mail a …

Missouri Employment Law Update – June 2017

Reemployment Rights for Member of National Guard of Another State On June 14, 2017, Missouri Governor Eric Greitens signed legislation (S.B. 108) guaranteeing state and federal reemployment rights to the following Missouri employees upon return from duty: A member of the National Guard of another state called to active state duty for that state. A member of any reserve …

New Hampshire Employment Law Update – June 2017

Wage Payment Frequency On May 12, 2017, New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu signed legislation (H.B. 194) permitting employers to pay employees weekly or biweekly. The law is effective July 11, 2017. Read NH H.B. 194 Source: Think HR Blog & Updates

Ask the Experts: Return-to-work Programs

Question: What options does an employer have when an employee who had a work-related accident keeping him off work for four months and exhausting the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave refuses to participate in a return-to-work program assignment that provides light duty work as required by the employee’s physician? Answer: An employer may want to first explore with …

Keeping Your Summer Events Sunny

With the official start of summer just around the corner, many companies are planning company picnics, barbecues, and outings to celebrate the season. The good news is that these events are a great opportunity to thank employees for hard work and to encourage them to mingle outside of the normal work setting. The less fun news is that it’s …

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Health Care Reform Uncertainty: What You Can Do Now

Since all we’ve been hearing on the healthcare front these days is uncertainty about the impact of proposed health care reform, we thought it would be helpful to share a little about the facts we DO know about the cost of health care and how employers’ plans currently measure up to each other. As health insurance costs continue to rise, …

Supreme Court Rules on ERISA Church-Plan Exemption

On June 5, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that pension plans maintained by several church-affiliated nonprofit hospitals were exempt from federal benefit laws as “church plans.” The unanimous ruling reverses several lower courts by concluding that plans can be church plans even if not originally established by a church. Background Employee benefits plans, including retirement and savings plans …

California Employment Law Update – May 2017

Interest Rate on Delinquent Taxes According to the California Employment Development Department (EDD), the interest rate charged on all delinquent taxes (unemployment insurance, employment training tax, state disability insurance, and personal income tax withholdings) for the period of July 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017 will be 4 percent, with a daily interest factor of 0.000110. The interest rate …

Nebraska Employment Law Update – May 2017

Unemployment Insurance, Employer Experience Accounts, and Reimbursement Accounts On May 22, 2017, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts approved legislation (L.B. 519) regarding base period wage credits for benefit years beginning on or after September 3, 2017. The bill states that if an individual’s base period wage credits represent part-time employment for an employer and the employer continues to employ the …

Oklahoma Employment Law Update – May 2017

Business Owner’s Rights and Weapons On May 31, 2017, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signed legislation (S.B. 288) relating to firearms and business owner’s rights. The law exempts from liability a person who, in the scope of employment or in or about a business entity vehicle, is carrying a concealed or unconcealed weapon. The law is effective November 1, 2017. …