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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

Important Legislative Changes

Alabama
Unemployment Insurance—Effective Jan. 1, 2016, the taxable wage base is $8,000.

Arizona
Unemployment Insurance—Effective Jan. 1, 2016, the job training tax is not applicable.

Arkansas
Unemployment Insurance—Effective Jan. 1, 2016, the taxable wage base is $12,000 and the maximum additional-contribution assessment for experienced employers is 8 percent.

California
Military Leave—Effective Jan. 1, 2016, re-employment rights are expanded to cover employees returning from active duty in any state's National Guard.

Colorado
Unemployment Insurance—Effective Sept. 15, 2015, employers can send monetary and potential-charges information to the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment through the State Information Data Exchange System.

District of Columbia
Health Benefit Mandates—Effective Sept. 17, 2015, insured group health plans must provide coverage for critical congenital heart disease screenings for newborn children.
Effective Sept. 17, 2015, insured group health plans issued on or after Jan. 1, 2017, that provide prescription drug coverage must provide coverage for up to a 12-month supply of certain prescription contraceptives at one time.

Georgia
Unemployment Insurance—Effective Jan. 1, 2016, the taxable wage base is $9,500, tax rates for experienced employers range from 0.04 percent to 8.1 percent and the tax rate for new employers is 2.7 percent.

Illinois
Unemployment Insurance—Effective Jan. 1, 2016, the taxable wage base is $12,960.

Indiana
Unemployment Insurance—Effective Jan. 1, 2016, the taxable wage base is $9,500.

Louisiana
Unemployment Insurance—Effective Jan. 1, 2016, the taxable wage base is $7,700.

Maine
Local Minimum Wage—Effective Jan. 1, 2016, minimum wage in the City of Portland is $10.10 an hour and effective Jan. 1, 2017, minimum wage increases to $10.68 an hour. The standard hourly minimum wage applies to tipped employees, employers must continue to pay tipped employees cash wages in an amount that is at least equal to the tipped minimum wage of $3.75 an hour established by the state of Maine and reconcile the difference between the tipped minimum wage and standard hourly minimum wage through tip credits or additional cash wages.

Minnesota
Unemployment Insurance—Effective Jan. 1, 2016, the taxable wage base is $31,000.

Nebraska
Equal Employment Opportunity—Effective Aug. 30, 2015, employers can adopt voluntary veterans' preference employment policies for hiring and promoting veterans over other equally qualified employees and applicants.

New Hampshire
Unemployment Insurance—Effective Oct. 1, 2015, to Dec. 31, 2015, tax rates for positive-rated experienced employers range from 0.1 percent to 1.7 percent, tax rates for negative-rated experienced employers range from 3.3 percent to 7.5 percent and the tax rate for new employers is 1.7 percent.
Effective Jan. 1, 2016, the taxable wage base is $14,000.

New Jersey
Minimum Wage—Effective Jan. 1, 2016, minimum wage remains at $8.38 an hour.

Oklahoma
Unemployment Insurance—Effective Jan. 1, 2016, tax rates for experienced employers are unaffected by a conditional factor and range from 0.1 percent to 5.5 percent and the tax rate for new employers is 1.5 percent.

Oregon
Disability Discrimination—Effective Aug. 28, 2015, the effects of temporary physical or mental impairments can be considered disabilities if they substantially limit major life activities.
Minimum Wage—Effective Jan. 1, 2016, minimum wage remains at $9.25 an hour.
Workers' Compensation—Effective Jan. 1, 2016, the workers' compensation payroll assessment rate is 3.3 cents per hour or part of an hour worked by each employee.

South Dakota
Unemployment Insurance—Effective Jan. 1, 2016, the taxable wage base is $15,000 and tax rates for experienced employers range from zero to 10.03 percent including investment fees.

Texas

Unemployment Insurance—Effective Jan. 1, 2016, the taxable wage base is $9,000.

Equal Employment Opportunity—Effective Sept. 1, 2015, employers violate the discrimination prohibitions if they know or should know about the sexual harassment of unpaid interns and fail to take corrective action.

Workers' Compensation—Effective for injuries and illnesses that occur from Oct. 1, 2015, to Sept. 30, 2016, weekly benefits range from $134 to $895 for permanent total disability and temporary total disability claims and the maximum weekly benefit for permanent partial disability and temporary partial disability claims is $627.

Virginia
Unemployment Insurance—Effective Sept. 17, 2015, Virginia employers can use the State Information Data Exchange System to send responses to requests for separation information.

Wisconsin
Unemployment Insurance—Effective Jan. 1, 2016, the taxable wage base is $14,000 and tax rates for experienced employers are determined with Schedule B and range from 0.05 percent to 12 percent.