SAME-SEX HEALTH BENEFITS AND DISCRIMINATION

June 17, 2014

Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson, Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler and Human Rights Commission (HRC) Executive Director Sharon Ortiz have released a joint letter to Washington state employers, insurance companies and benefit plan administrators regarding healthcare benefits.  The letter applies in Washington state; however, the logic may apply elsewhere, too. Read the rest of this entry »


NEW PREGNANCY DISCRIMINATION LAWS

February 14, 2014

New Jersey and Philadelphia have enacted new laws to protect employees from discrimination based on pregnancy, childbirth and related conditions.  Both laws amend existing laws prohibiting discrimination for other causes and became effective immediately upon signature—January 20, 2014 in Philadelphia and January 21, 2014 in New Jersey. Read the rest of this entry »


STATE AND LOCAL UPDATE

October 22, 2013

One of the most difficult things for human resource professionals to do is to keep up with changing state and local laws.  Below is a brief summary of some new laws of interest. Read the rest of this entry »


NEW LEAVE LAWS IN NEW JERSEY, OREGON AND RHODE ISLAND

August 2, 2013

Human Resources professionals need to be aware of three new leave laws:  New Jersey has a domestic violence leave law that will be effective October 1, 2013, Oregon has a bereavement leave law that will be effective January 1, 2014 and Rhode Island has a paid family leave law, effective January 1, 2014.  Oregon is the first state in the nation to require bereavement leave and Rhode Island joins California and New Jersey in having state-run paid family leave. Read the rest of this entry »


CHANGES TO STATUTORY DISABILITY PLANS IN CALIFORNIA & NEW JERSEY

November 29, 2011

Effective January 1, 2012, there will be a number of changes to the statutory disability plans in California and New Jersey.

In California, the maximum weekly benefit amount for State Disability Insurance (SDI) and Paid Family Leave (PFL) will increase from $987 to $1,011. Read the rest of this entry »


Update on Same-Sex Marriage and Civil Unions

July 27, 2011

Earlier this year, this blog reported that Hawaii and Illinois had passed legislation recognizing civil unions.  Since then, Delaware and Rhode Island have also recognized civil unions and New York has recognized same-sex marriage. Read the rest of this entry »


State Disability Insurance Changes

December 23, 2008

The New Year will bring some changes to State Disability Insurance programs.

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