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 …

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. …

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 …