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Tips for Taking Advantage of California’s Extended Unemployment Appeal Deadline

Busy human resources (HR) managers will be relieved to know that California has done something to make their job just a little easier. The State of California recently enacted legislation extending the time period to appeal...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

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

The Independent Contractor: To Be or Not to Be

Just because an employer calls someone an independent contractor does not make him or her so. Because revenue-starved states have been increasingly focusing on independent contractor classification issues, challenges to the...more

When Is Someone “At Work”? Implications For Unemployment Compensation Eligibility (And Beyond)

Connecticut’s unemployment compensation statutes disqualify individuals from eligibility for benefits for certain misconduct, such as “willful misconduct in the course of employment.” A recent court case notes that the...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

The Silver Standard is No Silver Lining for NJ Employers

New Jersey’s unemployment compensation law has always disqualified individuals from collecting unemployment benefits if they were fired for engaging in misconduct. However, the misconduct standard recently and significantly...more

Under The Dome: Inside The Maine State House 4-26-13

Major Tax Reform Proposal Starts to Take Shape - This week, the Maine media reported that Senator Woodbury is leading a bipartisan effort to draft a major tax reform proposal. This proposal will likely propose changes...more

Under The Dome: Inside The Maine State House 4-19-13

A quiet week in Augusta. The House and Senate did not meet and only five Committees met to work on legislation. When the Legislature returns next week, there will be less than two months to go until the statutory adjournment...more

Federal Appeals Court Holds That Supplemental Unemployment Compensation Benefits Are Not ‘Wages’ Subject To FICA Taxation,...

In an important recent decision, United States v. Quality Stores, Inc., et al., Case No. 01-1563, 2012 U.S. App. LEXIS 18820 (6th Cir. Sept. 7, 2012), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit held that supplemental...more

Pennsylvania Regulatory Review Panel Disapproves Of L&I's New UC Active Work Search Requirements

In the past year there has been a flurry of activity in the courts and the General Assembly surrounding the availability of unemployment compensation benefit to employees within the state. To start off 2012, amendments to the...more

Early Retirees May Receive Unemployment Compensation, Pennsylvania Supreme Court Rules

For more than 20 years, Pennsylvania retirees who accepted an early retirement incentive plan have been denied unemployment compensation benefits under the Unemployment Compensation Law (UC law). The Supreme Court of...more

New Jersey Assembly Passes Bill Amending Unemployment Insurance Benefits Disqualification Standards

On December 3, 2012, the Assembly passed a bill (A1874) that would amend New Jersey’s Unemployment Compensation Law regarding disqualification from unemployment insurance (UI) benefits for misconduct by claimants. The bill...more

Definition Of “Unemployment” In The Context Of Eligibility For Unemployment Insurance Benefits Is Amended

Louisiana Employment Security Law defined “unemployment” for purposes of collecting unemployment compensation benefits, itemizing a number of familial relationships to a principal or controlling stockholder or principal...more

Sixth Circuit Holds that Severance Payments Are Not Subject to FICA Taxes

In United States v. Quality Stores, Inc., et al., the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently held that severance payments qualified as supplemental unemployment compensation benefit (SUB) payments and...more

Court Rules Supplemental Unemployment Compensation Not Subject to Social Security, Medicare Taxes

In a case from West Michigan, the federal court of appeals in Cincinnati recently ruled that certain payments of supplemental unemployment compensation are not “wages” subject to Social Security or Medicare taxes under the...more

Five Things To Know About Paid Sick Leave, NLRB and Other New Developments

At yesterday’s labor & employment law seminar, we had both Heidi Lane, a Prinicipal Attorney with the Connecticut Department of Labor, and Jonathan Kreisberg, Regional Director of the NLRB’s Hartford Office, speak to...more

New Laws Clamp Down On Employee Misclassifications

New Laws Clamp Down On Employee Misclassifications By Frank L. Brunetti on April 6th, 2012 Employers may be paying closer attention to how they classify workers in light of new state statutes that are being adopted in...more

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