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IRS Issues Proposed Regulations Under Code Section 457

On June 21, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued long-awaited proposed Treasury Regulations prescribing rules under Section 457 of the Internal Revenue Code (the "Code") for the income taxation of deferred...more

Flexibility Offered for Deferred Compensation Plans of Tax-Exempt Organizations, Government Agencies

The U.S. Treasury Department has issued two sets of proposed regulations, under Sections 457 and 409A of the Internal Revenue Code, relating to deferred compensation plans of state and local governments and tax-exempt...more

Legislative Update

Senate Passes Budget Bill (HB1030) - The State Senate passed its version of the 2016-17 spending plan this week, setting the stage for a conference committee to work out the differences between the two chambers’...more

NC Legislative Update - June 2016

This Week - While the Senate was predominantly focused on the budget this week, the House moved forward with a number of high-profile issues. By a vote of 60-49, the House approved House Bill 1080, sponsored by Rep....more

Louisiana Legislature Passes “Ban the Box” for State Employers

Louisiana is anticipated to become the latest state to enact state-wide protections for applicants with criminal backgrounds under the well-known “ban the box” movement. The bill, HB 266, recently passed both houses of the...more

Legislative Update

House Passes Budget: This week was budget week at the General Assembly with the House passing a $22.22 billion budget by week’s end. The budget drew more bipartisan support than any other budget since the Republicans...more

Louisiana Governor Signs LGBT Discrimination Executive Order in Public Employment and Services

On April 13, 2016, Louisiana’s new governor, John Bel Edwards, signed an executive order protecting state employees and employees of state contractors from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual...more

Illinois Supreme Court Vacates 2% Wage Increase for State Employees

Last week, the Illinois Supreme Court vacated an arbitration award requiring the State to pay a 2% wage increase to certain state employees who are represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal...more

Governor Wolf Raises Minimum Wage for State Employees and Contractors

Yesterday, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed an executive order raising the minimum wage for state employees to $10.15 per hour. The executive order also covers employees of government contractors and lessees, provided...more

Gov. Cuomo to Announce Minimum Wage Hike for State University Workers

The New York Times is reporting that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo will announce a minimum wage increase for state university workers, to $15 per hour. The announcement is planned for January 4, 2016, and is estimated to...more

State Retirement Plans (2 of 3) The Stick — DOL Guidance and State-Based IRA Programs

This is Part 2 of a 3-part series on state retirement plan legislation. Part 1 was an Overview. Here we focus on recent guidance issued by the Department of Labor that makes it easier for states to take a prescriptive...more

Pittsburgh Paid Sick Leave Act Goes Into Effect January 11, 2016

The City of Pittsburgh recently became the second city in Pennsylvania to enact a paid sick leave law, with Mayor William Peduto signing the Paid Sick Days Act into law on August 13, 2015.  While the Act is facing legal...more

NC Legislative Update for August 2015 #4

This Week - Lawmakers passed the third Continuing Resolution (CR) of the session, House Bill 18. The temporary spending measure will keep government functioning until September 18th, while budget negotiators attempt to...more

Tensions Mount as Labor Strike Looms

Tensions between Governor Bruce Rauner’s office and the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees are reaching a boiling point. Neither side has been able negotiate a satisfactory labor contract that would...more

North Carolina Legislative Report

The General Assembly convened for the 2015 legislative session on January 14. Lawmakers returned to Raleigh on January 28 to begin the session in earnest. The MVA Public Affairs Legislative Report on North Carolina will be...more

Governor Rauner and AFSCME Extend Master Agreement, But Only Through September

Earlier this week, Governor Rauner and AFSCME Council 31, the union representing almost 40,000 state workers, agreed to temporarily extend the terms of the 2012-2015 collective bargaining agreement (CBA) and prohibit a strike...more

Unemployment Taxes: CTDOL Argues There’s More to the Story

After my post last week, I received a thoughtful response from the Connecticut Department of Labor that is worth consideration. Much of it has already been transmitted in a column by Dan Haar in the Courant, but I think in...more

The Aftermath: Developments From The 2015 Session of The Connecticut General Assembly Affecting The Workplace

The 2015 session of the Connecticut General Assembly has just concluded. The following is a concise description of employment-related bills that were passed by the General Assembly that may be of interest. A more...more

Are These Trips Truly “Mission Critical”?

Last September, I wrote to CalPERS’ Chief Executive Officer to express my concern about travel by CalPERS’ executives. I noted that Governor Brown had issued Executive Order B-06-011 banning both in-state and out-of-state...more

Minnesota Legislature Grants Independent Child Care And Home Care Health Workers The Right To Unionize As “State Employees”

Capping a tumultuous session, the 88th Minnesota legislature, on the final day of the 2013 session, passed a bill, S.F. 778, which was long sought by labor unions because it would give them the right to organize private...more

Alabama Legislative Update: Alabama Legislature Begins 2013 Regular Session

On February 5, the Alabama Legislature convened its 2013 Regular Session before listening as Governor Robert Bentley delivered his third State of the State address to a joint session. Over the next two days, legislative...more

Argument Report: Is the State Required to Pay The Legal Fees of an Elected Official Sued for His or Her Official Actions?

If a state elected official is sued for his or her official actions, may the Attorney General refuse to defend the official based solely on the allegations of the complaint? That's the question the Supreme Court debated...more

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