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 »
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 »
The United States Supreme Court has ruled on two same-sex marriage cases. What do those rulings mean for employee benefits? Read the rest of this entry »
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 »
The New Year will bring some changes to State Disability Insurance programs.