Effective January 1, 2013, the maximum weekly payment for temporary disability and family leave insurance benefits increased from $572 to $584 per week; the maximum 2013 weekly unemployment benefit increased from $611 to $624; and the maximum weekly benefit for workers’ compensation increased from $810 to $826. The complete NJDOL news release, which includes a chart comparing the 2013 rates and eligibility criteria to the 2012 rates and criteria, is available here.
When Alabama Governor Robert Bentley signed House Bill 352 into law on June 11, 2015, he repealed Alabama’s bare bones restrictive covenant statute and replaced it with a detailed codification of much of Alabama’s restrictive covenant case law. The new statute, which will become effective on January 1, 2016, will make it much easier for the uninitiated to understand Alabama’s restrictive covenant enforcement standards. The law largely reflects Alabama’s friendly attitude towards restrictive covenants, but it also tightens enforcement standards in several areas and makes some significant changes to Alabama law, including shortening the nonsolicitation agreement period and the restrictive covenant time period for business owners who sell business goodwill.
The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has provided an update on its ongoing technical problems with issuing visas.
The Florida Minimum Wage Act, which applies to all employees in Florida covered by the federal minimum wage, requires the state’s Department of Economic Opportunity to calculate a new minimum wage rate each year on September 30.