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DOL Refills States’ War Chests for Independent Contractor Misclassification Crackdown

The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded $10.2 million in grants to 19 states for continued independent contractor misclassification detection and enforcement. The grants are focused on unemployment insurance programs and,...more

Massachusetts Adopts Legislative Reforms

The new legislation adds to employer requirements and now provides for sick leave, increased minimum wage, domestic violence victim leave, and unemployment changes....more

$10.2 Million Awarded by DOL to Detect Worker Misclassification

Recently, the U.S. Department of Labor announced awards of $10,225,183 in grants to 19 states to implement or improve worker misclassification detection and enforcement initiatives in their unemployment insurance programs. ...more

Marijuana Users in Michigan Eligible for Unemployment

Medicinal marijuana users in Michigan who are lawfully terminated by their employer for failing a drug test are, according to the Michigan Court of Appeals, entitled to receive unemployment benefits....more

Update: Employee’s Refusal to Sign Written Disciplinary Notice Not “Misconduct” Under California Unemployment Insurance Code

Approximately two years ago, a California court of appeal held that an employee’s refusal to sign a disciplinary memorandum amounted to misconduct under the California Unemployment Insurance Code, disqualifying him from...more

Single Act of Disobedience Does Not Disqualify Employee From Unemployment Benefits, California High Court Rules

On July 3, 2014, the California Supreme Court decided whether a single act of disobedience by an employee constitutes misconduct within the meaning of section 1256 of California’s Unemployment Insurance Code, thereby...more

Massachusetts Legislature Passes Minimum Wage Increase and Economic Development Package

In a previous article, “Massachusetts Legislature Considers Unemployment Insurance Reform and Minimum Wage Increase,” we outlined the Massachusetts House and Senate’s separate plans to increase the minimum wage and reform the...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

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 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

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