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 submitted by New Jersey employers for approval by the Division of Unemployment and Temporary Disability Insurance of the Department of Labor and Workforce, under which the employer requests short-term benefits payable to employees in an affected unit of the employer to avert layoffs. The amended law expands some of the benefits afforded to employees covered under such a program and also sets forth additional requirements for employers, particularly with respect to the application process.
As of September 18, 2017, all employers must now use the revised Form I-9 released by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to verify the identity and employment authorization of all new hires, whether citizens or noncitizens.
Iowa’s governor recently signed legislation (H.F. 2383) amending Iowa’s already onerous drug testing law (Iowa Code section 730.5) relating to private employers.
Now that the Obama Administration and U.S. Department of Labor (DOL or Department) have released its proposal to revise the Part 541 overtime regulations, it is important to understand what may be next and when we can expect developments with this regulatory proposal.