Preston Rutledge to be Nominated as Next EBSA Head

President Trump has announced his intent to nominate Preston Rutledge as Assistant Secretary of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA). The position as head of the EBSA has been vacant since Phyllis Borzi stepped down in January 2017. The White House announcement includes highlights of Mr. Rutledge’s career which clearly demonstrate his knowledge and experience in the employee benefits …

U.S. Attorney General Releases Memorandums Regarding Title VII Protections and Religious Liberty

During the first week of October 2017, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions released several memorandums directed to the Department of Justice, its attorneys, and component heads, as applicable. The October 4 memo addresses treatment of transgender employment discrimination claims. The October 6 memo addresses federal protections for religious liberty and was accompanied by a supplementary memo ordering all attorneys …

President Directs Federal Agencies to Consider ACA Changes

On October 12, 2017, President Trump issued an Executive Order directing the Departments of Labor (DOL), Health and Human Services (HHS), and Treasury to develop new rules to allow some exemptions from the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Order indicates the Administration’s priorities although it has no immediate effect since any rule changes must first go through a long …

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The COBRA Payment Process: Notifications

As we continue our series on The COBRA Payment Process, this week we discuss notifications. The plan administrator must notify the qualified beneficiary of the COBRA premium payment obligations in terms of how much to pay and when payments are due; however, the plan does not have to renotify the qualified beneficiary to make timely payments. Even though plans are …

Delaware Employment Law Update-September 2017

State Employees’ Donated Leave Program On September 29, 2017, the Delaware Governor signed legislation (H.B. 258) that allows a state officer or employee to donate sick leave or annual leave without being required to donate both or to donate in equal amounts. The law is effective immediately. Read DE H.B. 258 Delaware Family and Medical Leave On September 9, …

Minnesota Employment Law Update-September 2017

Minimum Wage Increase The Minnesota Department of Labor has announced that the state’s minimum wage rates will be adjusted for inflation on January 1, 2018 as follows:   The minimum wage for large employers (any enterprise with an annual gross revenue of $500,000 or more) will increase from $9.50 to $9.65 per hour. The minimum wage for small employers …

Montana Employment Law Update-September 2017

Minimum Wage Increase The Montana Department of Labor and Industry has announced that the state’s minimum wage will increase from $8.15 to $8.30 per hour on January 1, 2018.   Under Montana law, the Department of Labor and Industry is required to determine and announce the inflation-adjusted minimum wage rate no later than September 30 of each year.   …

Ohio Employment Law Update-September 2017

Minimum Wage Increase The Ohio Department of Commerce has announced that the state’s minimum wage will increase from $8.15 to $8.30 per hour on January 1, 2018.  The wage for tipped employees will also increase from $4.08 to $4.15 per hour.   Ohio’s minimum wage is adjusted annually based on the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and …

Rhode Island Employment Law Update-September 2017

Healthy and Safe Families and Workplaces Act On September 28, 2017, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo signed legislation (S.B. 290) establishing the Healthy and Safe Families and Workplace Act. The act requires employers to allow employees to earn a minimum level of paid sick and safe leave time to care for themselves or a family member as follows: The …