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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

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

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

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

Governor Signs Law Modifying New Jersey “Shared Work Programs”

On January 22, 2014, Governor Chris Christie signed into law a bill (S2741) that modifies short-time unemployment benefits as they relate to employees in shared work programs. “Shared work programs” refer to programs...more

Maximum Weekly Benefits For New Jersey Unemployment, Temporary Disability And Family Leave Insurance, And Workers’ Compensation...

Effective January 1, 2014, the maximum weekly benefit for individuals eligible to collect unemployment insurance increased from $624 to $636; the maximum weekly benefit for state plan temporary disability and family leave...more

“New Jobs For New Jersey Act” Would Provide Tax Benefits To Smaller Private Employers Hiring Unemployed Workers

On January 6, 2014, the Senate introduced a bill (S153) that would provide incentives to small private sector employers that increase their workforce by hiring unemployed workers. Under the legislation, employers with 100 or...more

Time To Update Your New Jersey Unemployment And Disability Benefits Poster

The New Jersey Department of Labor just updated its mandatory Unemployment Compensation and Temporary Disability Benefits Poster (PR-1), which New Jersey employers should post immediately. ...more

Fenwick Employment Brief - February 2014

A California federal court in Enki Corporation v. Freedman held that a former employee’s access of the employer’s computer systems through his log-in credentials did not amount to unlawful hacking under either the Computer...more

Quirky Question #219, Is Unemployment Status a Protected Category?

Quirky Question: We recently interviewed an applicant with a very spotty resume; there were repeated gaps in his employment history which were apparent from his resume. He was not hired and called HR to complain that...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

Public Sector Outsourcing: Events and Lessons from 2013

2013 was not a stellar year for public sector outsourcing. As we reported in an earlier blog article, Indiana is appealing judgment in an ongoing court battle with IBM over a troubled welfare claims processing project....more

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