Oregon Employment Law Update – May 2017

Workers’ Compensation and Permanent Disability On May 17, 2017, Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed legislation (H.B. 2337) updating the workers’ compensation benefit amounts for permanent disability to 66⅔ percent of wages that are no more than 133 percent of the average weekly wage or no less than 33 percent of the average weekly wage. Previously, the amounts were not …

Health Plan PCORI Fees Are Due July 31

Do you offer coverage to your employees through a self-insured group health plan? Do you sponsor a Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA)? If so, do you know whether your plan or HRA is subject to the annual Patient-Centered Research Outcomes Institute (PCORI) fee? This article answers frequently-asked questions about the PCORI fee, which plans are affected, and what you need …

Employer Exchange Notices–No Changes Needed

Employers are required to give all new hires a Notice of Marketplace Coverage Options – often referred to as the Employer Exchange Notice. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) provides model notices that employers can download, customize, and distribute to workers. Although the model notices were scheduled to expire May 31, 2017, the DOL has now extended them without …

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Disability Insurance: Protect Your Paycheck

Typically, if you get sick you go to the doctor, and often that’s covered by health insurance. If you get into a car accident, you likely have auto insurance company to handle those expenses. But what if your illness put you out of a job, or the car accident caused an injury which prevented you from going back to work? …

Ask the Experts: Requiring Cybersecurity Training

Question: We are a small company—40 employees. Are there policies we should have in place for cybersecurity? Can we make employee training on cybersecurity mandatory? Answer: Companies of all sizes are smart to be concerned about cybersecurity, especially in light of the recent WannaCry ransomware attack. There are steps you can take to reduce the risks as the first line …

Federal Employment Law Update – May 2017

HSA Inflation Adjustments for 2018 Released In May 2017, the IRS released the 2018 inflation-adjusted amounts for health savings accounts (HSAs) under Internal Revenue Code § 223. For calendar year 2018, the annual limit on deductible contributions under § 223(b)(2)(A) for an individual with self-only coverage under a high-deductible health plan increases from $3,400 to $3,450 ($6,900 for an …

DOL Fiduciary Rule Takes Effect June 9

In an editorial in the Wall Street Journal yesterday, Department of Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta stated that the DOL’s fiduciary rule will become effective June 9, 2017. “We have carefully considered the record in this case, and the requirements of the Administrative Procedure Act, and have found no principled legal basis to change the June 9 date while we …

West Virginia Employment Law Update – May 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 permitted an employee to sue his or her employer …

Vermont Employment Law Update – May 2017

Social Media Privacy for Employees On May 17, 2018, Vermont Governor Phil Scott signed legislation (H.B. 462) prohibiting an employer from requiring or requesting that an employee or applicant disclose personal social media account information. Retaliation is prohibited against an employee who exercises his or her rights under the law. The law is effective January 1, 2018. Read VT …

Texas Employment Law Update – May 2017

Sanctuary Cities Ban On May 7, 2017, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed legislation (S.B. 4) banning sanctuary cities in the state of Texas. The law mandates that campus police departments, local government entities, and law enforcement officials comply with federal immigration laws and detainer requests. The law also creates civil and criminal penalties for entities that do not enforce …