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 …

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 …

Tennessee Employment Law Update – May 2017

Background Checks for Employees with Access to Federal Tax Information On May 9, 2017, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam signed legislation (S.B. 1209) authorizing state administrative departments to obtain criminal history background checks on all their employees and contractors with access to federal tax information. The law also requires: All such employees or contractors to: Agree to a local background …

New York Employment Law Update – May 2017

New York City Freelance Isn’t Free Act Signed into law in November 2016, the New York City Freelance Isn’t Free Act takes effect on May 15, 2017. Under the act, the following protections for freelance workers are established and enhanced, specifically the right to: A written contract. Timely and full payment. Protection from retaliation. The act establishes penalties for …

Nevada Employment Law Update – May 2017

Occupational Safety and Employer Reporting On May 8, 2017, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval signed legislation (A.B. 54) requiring any accident or motor vehicle crash occurring in the course of employment that results in the inpatient hospitalization of one or more employees, the amputation of a part of an employee’s body, or an employee’s loss of an eye must be …