Unemployment

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Tips to Reduce Adverse Effects of DOL's New Independent Contractor Status - Employers Must Carefully Select Status with...

Administrator David Weil issued an Administrator's Interpretation (Interpretation) on July 15, 2015, on behalf of the United States Department of Labor (DOL) regarding the appropriate classification of workers as independent...more

Corporate Divorce: Is Unemployment Like Alimony?

In my last article I promised to examine as part of my Corporate Divorce Series whether alimony (though the politically correct term these days is “spousal support”) is like unemployment (I’m pretty sure it is still...more

Brazil: Amid Great Recession, Government Issues Executive Order to Stave Off Unemployment and Reduce Labor Costs

On July 6, 2015, the Brazilian government issued an Executive Order (MP 680/15 and Decree 8.479/15) called Program to Protect the Employment (“PPE”) to slow down the rise of unemployment and the deepening of the recession. ...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Still No Budget as Statutory Adjournment Date Nears - As the legislative session ticks toward...more

New Jersey Department of Labor Considering Amending Unemployment Benefits Regulations

The New Jersey Department of Labor is considering a series of amendments to the unemployment benefits regulations to bring the regulations in line with P.L. 2010, c. 37, a law that significantly amended the standards for...more

Marijuana Card Saves Unemployment Benefits, Not Job

In the rapidly evolving interplay between federal and state employment laws, state medical marijuana laws, and employer policies seeking to maintain drug-free workplaces, an appellate court in Michigan has just concluded that...more

Unemployment Claims: Do You Really Want To Fight It?

There are a lot of misconceptions regarding unemployment claims filed by recently-departed employees. This article will try to shed some light on them and help answer the common question: “Should we fight an unemployment...more

Lies and Unemployment Compensation Proceedings – You Cannot Get Sued Again

A typical part of a contentious employment termination matter is the inevitable unemployment compensation claim. While a multiplicity of claims may emanate from the ugliness of job separation, the Connecticut courts...more

Governor Christie Vetoes New Jersey Unemployment Discrimination Bill

In somewhat of a surprise move, in the same week that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed into law the Opportunity to Compete Act, which prohibits employers from inquiring about job candidates’ criminal histories early...more

Long-Term Employee Ineligible for UC Benefits for Violating Workplace Conduct Policies

After nearly 21 years of employment, a full-time clerk with Turkey Hill lost her job for engaging in several instances of bad behavior within a short period of time. The employee initially received a verbal counseling from...more

Bill Prohibiting Discrimination Against Unemployed Applicants Reaches New Jersey Governor’s Desk

On June 30, 2014, the New Jersey Legislature passed a bill (S1440) that would add unemployed applicants to the growing list of protected classes under New Jersey law. First referenced in the March 2014 issue of the New Jersey...more

Nurse Fired for Refusing Flu Vaccine for Secular Reasons Entitled to Unemployment, New Jersey Appellate Division Holds

In Valent v. Board of Review, A-4980-11T2 (App. Div., June 5, 2014), the New Jersey Appellate Division ruled that a hospital employee who refused a flu shot for purely secular reasons was still eligible for unemployment...more

What Does the Unemployment Rate Actually Tell Us?

The percentage rate of unemployment, known as the “official unemployment rate,” is the ratio of those who are unemployed compared to those in the civilian labor force. Those in the labor force are defined as persons who were...more

Fannie Mae Updates Unemployment Forbearance Policies

On June 4, Fannie Mae issued Servicing Guide Announcement SVC-2014-10, which updates policies related to unemployment forbearance. The announcement states that, effective immediately, a servicer may approve a borrower for the...more

New Jersey Bill Expanding Prohibition On Discrimination Against Unemployed Advances In State Legislature

Executive Summary: A bill which would expand existing laws to prohibit discrimination against the unemployed is progressing in the New Jersey state legislature, having been approved by the Senate and reported favorably out...more

HUBZone Map Changes – New Information Released for Over 100 Non-Metropolitan Counties

Good news for many HUBZone (or HUBZone-interested) firms: The SBA has just announced that 104 non-metropolitan counties have been designated as newly qualified HUBZones or have had their redesignation periods extended, based...more

New Jersey State Senate Supports Bill Protecting Against Unemployment Bias

Earlier this week, the New Jersey State Senate advanced a bill (by a vote of 23-13) aimed at protecting unemployed New Jersey job seekers. The proposed language of bill S1440 would prevent employers from discriminating...more

North Carolina Legislative Report - May 2014

The General Assembly’s Short Session will begin next week, Wednesday, May 14, 2014. The MVA Public Affairs Legislative Report on North Carolina will be distributed weekly to keep you up to date on the latest legislative...more

Act Now Advisory: Changes to New York State's Unemployment Insurance Laws May Affect Employers' Severance Procedures and How...

In response to a federal mandate requiring states to restructure their unemployment insurance ("UI") laws to reduce government spending on UI benefits, New York State has amended its law in a way that may cause New York...more

Many Employers Will Owe Increased Unemployment Tax

Executive Summary: Employers in 15 states (and the Virgin Islands) may not be eligible to claim the maximum amount of credit for state unemployment contributions on their 2014 federal unemployment tax (FUTA) return (Form 940)...more

Tennessee Unemployment Reform: Still a Boon for Business

Nearly two years ago, on May 9, 2012, Tennessee's Unemployment Insurance Accountability Act (the Act) was signed into law by Governor Bill Haslam. Before 2012, claimants who were terminated for "misconduct" were disqualified...more

Changes to Pennsylvania's Unemployment Compensation Law May Require Employers to Provide Response to Unemployment Information...

Some changes in Pennsylvania's Unemployment Compensation Law (the "UC Law") have sparked debate as to how the changes may impact employers....more

Bill Introduced To Assist Unemployed Job Applicants In New Jersey

On February 27, 2014, a bill (S1440) was introduced in the Senate that would prohibit employers from basing employment decisions on an applicant’s unemployed status. The bill would supplement an existing law that prohibits...more

Supreme Court: Severance Payments Are Wages Subject To FICA Taxes

On March 25, 2014 the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held that a certain type of severance payment known as supplemental unemployment compensation constituted “wages” subject to Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA)...more

New Jersey DOL Issues New Unemployment Compensation and Temporary Disability Benefits Poster

In February 2014, the New Jersey Department of Labor updated its Unemployment Compensation and Temporary Disability Benefits poster. Employers should replace their current posters immediately....more

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