Federal Employment Law Update – April 2017

IRS Updates Guidance for Affordable Care Act On April 6, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) updated its fact sheet on the Affordable Care Act tax provisions, types of employer payments, and how such payments are calculated. The fact sheet covers the following topics: Basic information about an employer’s shared responsibility payment for failure to offer minimum essential coverage and …

Arkansas Employment Law Update – April 2017

Copies of Background Checks On April 6, 2017, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchison signed legislation (H.B. 2000), which requires employers to provide copies of background checks to employees and applicants for employment. The law takes effect 91 days after adjournment (projected August 18, 2017). Read AR H.B. 2000 Private Employers and Guns in Trunks On April 6, 2017, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson …

Colorado Employment Law Update – April 2017

Wage Theft Transparency Act On April 13, 2017, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signed legislation (H.B. 1021) addressing the release of information by the Colorado Division of Labor Standards and Statistics (division) in regard to an employer’s violation of wage laws. The new law provides that an employer may designate information submitted to the division as proprietary, a trade secret, or …

Iowa Employment Law Update – April 2017

Violations of State Occupational Safety and Health Law to Conform with Federal Law On April 12, 2017, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad signed legislation (H.F. 529) providing for conformity with federal law relating to civil penalties for violations of the state Occupational Safety and Health Law. The legislation requires conformity for willful violations, serious violations, nonserious violations, failure to correct, and …

Idaho Employment Law Update – April 2017

Background Checks for Applicants with Access to Federal Tax Information On April 4, 2017, Idaho Governor Butch Otter signed legislation (H.B. 243) authorizing the Idaho Department of Labor to request criminal background checks of applicants and contractors who would have access to federal tax information. The law requires submission of fees and fingerprints, establishes who would receive the criminal background …

Kentucky Employment Law Update – April 2017

Unemployment Insurance for Military Spouses On April 10, 2017, Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin signed legislation (H.B. 375) prohibiting disqualification for unemployment benefits for a worker who leaves a job to follow a military spouse who has been reassigned to another military base or duty location that is 100 miles or more from the worker’s home. The law also deletes the …

Maryland Employment Law Update – April 2017

Unemployment Insurance, Employer Determinations, and Process and Appeal Rights On April 18, 2017, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan signed legislation (H.B. 139), which specifies the process and timeframe for an employer to exercise appeal rights related to employer determinations under the Unemployment Insurance Law. The legislation also requires the Lower Appeals Division to hear and decide appeals from the review determination …

Nevada Employment Law Update – April 2017

Nevada Updates Two Annual Bulletins On April 1, 2017, the Nevada Office of the Labor Commissioner made changes to its annual minimum wage bulletin and annual daily overtime bulletin. Changes in both bulletins include an annual recalculation for July 1 (without a rate change) and a new posting date of April 1, 2017. Read the Annual Minimum Wage Bulletin and …

New Mexico Employment Law Update – April 2017

Adjustment of Penalties for Violations of OSH Act On April 6, 2017, New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez signed legislation (S.B. 229) into law that adjusts the penalties for violations of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OSH Act) to conform with federal Law and requires the New Mexico Department of Environment to adjust penalties on an annual basis to account …

New York Employment Law Update – April 2017

New York City – Salary History Inquiries During Employment Process On April 5, 2017, the New York City Council approved legislation (Introduction 1253-A) that would prohibit employers from inquiring about a prospective employee’s salary history during all stages of the employment process. If an employer is already aware of a prospective employee’s salary history, the bill would prohibit reliance on …