On June 29, 2011, Governor Chris Christie signed into a law a bill (A3819) that will reduce the unemployment insurance tax rates on employers during fiscal years 2012 and 2013. According to the Assembly Majority Office, “[e]mployer tax liability will be cut from $300 per worker to $100 per employee on average, generating a savings of $450 million for New Jersey businesses.” The law also changes the requirements regarding notification to employers when benefit payments are made and charged to their employer account. Previously, the law required the Department of Labor to send or furnish copies of certain records regarding benefit payments charged to their employer account. The new law changes this requirement to permit the Department to use technology to reduce costs associated with mailing paper notifications.
On April 9, 2020, Governor Ralph Northam signed House Bill (HB) 330, Virginia’s first law banning covenants not to compete against “low-wage employees.”
In a major win for employers, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, on December 3, 2013, rejected the highly controversial D.R. Horton, Inc. decision from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). In D.R. Horton, the NLRB ruled for the first time that the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) bans employers from including class action waivers
NYC Cares for Caregivers: New Bill Awaiting Mayor’s Signature Would Make Caregivers a Protected Class
On December 16, 2015, the New York City Council passed a bill prohibiting employers from discriminating against employees based on their actual or perceived status as a caregiver. The new law would establish caregiver status as a new protected class under the New York City Human Rights Law, and defines “caregiver” as “a person who provides direct and ongoing care for a minor child or care recipient.”