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New York, Unemployment, and Severance Agreements

Before offering severance to a departing employee, New York employers should be aware of recent changes to the New York unemployment insurance law. These changes may affect both the timing and language of the severance...more

Massachusetts Legislature Considers Unemployment Insurance Reform and Minimum Wage Increase

Increasing the minimum wage and reforming the unemployment insurance (“UI”) system in Massachusetts are the two major employment issues facing the 2013–2014 Legislature, which comes to a close on July 31, 2014. The Senate and...more

Unsuccessful Summary Judgment Motion to Dismiss Non-Earner Benefits

The Court has rendered another decision in relation to a Summary Judgment Motion brought by an Insurer to dismiss a Plaintiff’s claim for non-earner benefits....more

Increase in UK Employment Protection Awards

The compensation limits on Employment Tribunal awards and certain other amounts payable under UK employment legislation will increase as of 6 April 2014. The key changes are set out below....more

Governor Signs Law Providing New Jersey Employee Leasing Companies With Choice For Unemployment Insurance Taxes

In the January 2014 issue of the New Jersey eAuthority, we reported that the Senate had introduced a bill (S3087) that would permit employee leasing companies to have their unemployment insurance taxes determined on the basis...more

North Carolina Unemployment Insurance Reform

In this Presentation: - The Push for Reform - House Bill 4 - Increased UI Tax Rates - Reduction in Weekly Benefit Amount - Reduction in Duration of Benefits - Waiting Week for Each...more

Bill Would Provide New Jersey Employee Leasing Companies With Choice For Unemployment Insurance Taxes

On December 5, 2013, the Senate introduced a bill (S3087) that would permit employee leasing companies to have their unemployment insurance taxes determined on the basis of their client company’s experience rating. Under...more

Georgia May Give Employers Three Strikes for Failing to Respond to Unemployment Claim Notices But Other States are Not as Lenient

Due to the recession, unemployment insurance (UI) claims significantly increased. UI claims weren’t the only thing to increase, however. The percentage of estimated UI benefit overpayment also increased. In light of these and...more

New York Implements Changes to Unemployment Insurance Law

The State of New York has recently enacted several changes to its Unemployment Insurance Law due to the insolvency of the New York Unemployment Insurance Fund. Although designed to increase revenue, the changes will also...more

New York Employers Face Far-Reaching Employment Law Changes in 2014

The arrival of 2014 has already ushered in major reforms to New York’s employment law landscape, with broad ramifications, particularly for New York City employers. The sweeping changes to the state’s minimum wage and...more

Recent Changes To New York Unemployment Insurance

As we ring in the New Year, New York State employers should be mindful of significant changes to the New York State Unemployment Insurance Law. As a result of the economic downturn, the New York State Unemployment Insurance...more

New York Employers Beware: Do Not Delay In Returning Unemployment Insurance Forms!

New York employers recently received a letter from Carlton N. Boom, director, Unemployment Insurance Division, New York State Department of Labor, announcing changes in the unemployment insurance law. According to the letter,...more

North Carolina Legislative Report - December 6, 2013

The General Assembly has officially completed its business for the 2013 long session. The 2014 short session will begin on Wednesday, May 14, 2014. The MVA Public Affairs Legislative Report on North Carolina will be...more

Unemployment Laws Have New Teeth under the Integrity Act: Are You Ready?

In 2011, President Obama signed the Unemployment Insurance Integrity Act (the "Act") as part of the enactment of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Extension Act of 2011 (“TAAEA”). The Act, which is a subsection of the Federal...more

Employers Must Respond to all Unemployment Claims or Face Penalties: No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

Confirming that no good deed goes unpunished, Florida law now requires employers to respond to all unemployment claims or face a penalty. All employers are subject to this penalty, even if the employer does not contest the...more

10 Ways HR Departments Violate the Law Without Realizing It (And What To Do About It)

Employers of all varieties face lawsuits arising from claimed violations of employment laws. Often such violations are inadvertent and entirely avoidable. Here is a list of ten ways a human resources department may violate...more

Changes to New Jersey’s Unemployment Insurance Law Penalize Nonresponsive Employers

New Jersey has joined a growing list of states enacting changes to their unemployment insurance laws to comply with an upcoming federal deadline. Starting October 22, 2013, New Jersey will refuse to relieve an employer’s...more

Ten Things to Know About the 2013 North Carolina Legislative Session

The North Carolina General Assembly has completed its 2013 session after passing a two-year budget and considering hundreds of bills on a variety of topics. Here are some highlights from this year’s session...more

Connecticut General Assembly Passes Law Exempting Certain Truck Drivers from Unemployment Insurance Coverage

On June 1, 2013, the Conncticut General Assembly passed legislation that exempts certain commercial truck drivers from Connecticut’s unemployment law. It amends Connecticut General Statutes § 31-222(a)(5), relating to...more

eTrends - Unemployment Insurance Reforms Take Effect

Many of the sweeping reforms made by House Bill 4 (HB4) to North Carolina’s employment security laws will become effective on June 30, 2013....more

Fields of Dreams: Small Agricultural Employers Seem to Think the Law Doesn’t Apply

When I’m not lawyering, I like to spend time around horses. That sometimes means spending time observing the habits of horse barn owners and other operators of small agricultural facilities. ...more

Florida's Unemployment Process Violates The ADA - Warning For Employers

Florida's requirement that applicants for unemployment insurance apply over the Internet and take an online skills test discriminated against the disabled, because they could not easily access the computerized process,...more

Dechert OnPoint: NDNY Bankruptcy Court's Broad Interpretation of the Definition of "Interests" in 363 Sale

A recent decision out of the Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of New York has brought greater certainty to the interpretation of what qualifies as an “interest” when determining the scope of a Section 363(f) “free...more

New Jersey DOL Proposes Rule To Require Unemployment Applicants To Register For Work And Engage In Other Work Search Related...

Currently, an unemployment claimant must simply report to the Division of Unemployment Insurance by telephone, Internet, or mail as directed by the Division to be eligible for unemployment benefits....more

Third Department Affirms Unemployment Insurance Appeal’s Board Finding Of No Misconduct Due To Unintentional Internet Usage

In the Matter of the Claim of Jay Osborne, 102 A.D.3d 1048 (3d Dep’t Jan. 24, 2013): In this case, the plaintiff was terminated for violating his employer’s policy against personal use of the Internet during work hours...more

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