Effective January 1, 2014, the maximum weekly benefit for individuals eligible to collect unemployment insurance increased from $624 to $636; the maximum weekly benefit for state plan temporary disability and family leave insurance benefits increased from $584 to $595; and the maximum weekly benefit for workers’ compensation increased from $826 to $843. The New Jersey Department of Labor’s press release includes a chart comparing the 2014 rates and eligibility criteria to the 2013 rates and criteria.
Understanding ‘Standing’: The Eighth Circuit Slams the Brakes on Three More ADA Title III ‘Drive-By’ Suits
Continuing a trend that saw Minnesota courts dismiss at least eight disability access lawsuits under Title III of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 2018 and 2019, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, which has jurisdiction over Minnesota as well as several other states, recently affirmed the dismissals of three more Title III cases.
In a unanimous decision, the Arizona Supreme Court recently held that a law banning workers’ compensation benefits to employees whose alcohol or drug use contributed to their injury where their employers had drug-free workplace policies conflicted with the Arizona Constitution. Article 18, Section 8 of the state Constitution mandates payment of workers’ compensation benefits for work-related injuries without consideration of fault by the injured employee.
The labor and employment law revolution in the Commonwealth of Virginia has provided robust protection against unlawful discrimination as well as a comprehensive enforcement scheme. As part of that revolution, the state enacted Senate Bill 712, which amended the Virginia Human Rights Act (VHRA) to require a covered employer to provide reasonable accommodation for the known limitations of an employee related to pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions, unless such an accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the employer.