On May 31, 2012, the New Jersey Senate unanimously passed a bill (S1121) aimed at assessing a higher unemployment insurance rate on employers with markedly lower Employer Reserve Ratios (i.e., those employers with more former employees collecting unemployment). Whereas the current rate cap is set at 7%, if signed into law, that cap would increase on a sliding scale up to 9%. The bill now awaits Assembly consideration.
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Employers Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Another Puzzling “Status Quo” Case Decided On Other Grounds
The National Labor Relations Board (Board) recently decided a case previously remanded back to it by the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals. The Board’s decision in Arc Bridges, Inc., 362 NLRB No. 56, March 31, 2015, circumvents a now common problem for employers by relying on individual facts of union animus, but the underlying problem presented in Arc Bridges still lingers.
The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) was enacted to insure that consumer reporting agencies act with “fairness, impartiality, and respect for the consumer’s right to privacy.” But one federal court held recently that LinkedIn’s search technology does not make that site a “consumer reporting agency” for purposes of FCRA.