On May 27, a bill (S1968) was amended and given its second reading in the Senate. The bill seeks to revise the unemployment insurance (UI) claims procedures to address certain abuses occurring in the UI system which often result in the improper delaying or denial of UI benefits to laid off workers. Among the changes from current law, the bill would provide a waiver from repayment of claim overpayments to faultless claimants; increase the amount of time for both employers and claimants to appeal claim determinations from 7 to 20 days; and provide a detailed mechanism for the registration and regulation of authorized agents representing employers in UI claims.
On July 1, 2021, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) published a Corporate Scheduling Announcement List (CSAL identifying 750 Supply and Service establishment-based full compliance evaluations, Corporate Management Compliance Evaluations, Functional Affirmative Action Program (FAAP) Reviews and University Reviews. OFCCP is not required by law to publish the CSAL, and the CSAL is distinct from the scheduling letter, which is the Office of Management Budget’s (OMB) approved letter “sent to an establishment to start the compliance evaluation process.”
As the New Year is upon us, we remind New Jersey employers with 10 or more employees of their obligation to annually distribute to their New Jersey employees, via written or electronic means, the required notice under the Conscientious Employee Protection Act (CEPA) in both English and Spanish. The notice must be completed with the appropriate contact information prior to distribution to employees and posting in the workplace.
Taking its cue from other, larger cities, San Marcos, Texas, recently voted to raise the minimum wage to $15 dollars per hour for businesses applying for tax breaks and others incentives to build or expand in the city. In addition to the higher wage, businesses must also offer all employees and their dependents benefits equal to those offered to full-time employees.