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Staffing Compliance Digest | April 2019

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Welcome to the Staffing Compliance Digest! This quarterly update contains the latest news about federal and state compliance rules and regulations that are relevant to staffing firms.* If you’re concerned about keeping your company compliant, keep reading or click below to scroll down to an update that’s relevant to your business.

 

ICYMI: What’s Recently Gone into Effect

Coming Soon: What to Prepare for in the Coming Months

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What’s Recently Gone into Effect

New Law: Ohio Franchisor Protection Law Set to Take Effect | House Bill 494 [Effective March 20, 2019]

“The Ohio Senate passed House Bill 494, which would specify that a corporate franchisor is not the employer of a worker at a franchisee when there are disputes over wages, workers’ compensation, unemployment compensation and income taxes.” READ THE BILL

 

New Law: Michigan’s Paid Medical Leave Law | Public Act 369 [Effective March 29, 2019]

The law applies to employers with 50 or more employees. “The law specifies employees would accrue 1 hour of paid sick leave for every 35 hours worked, up to 40 hours per year. Allows employer to limit accrual to 1 hour per week. An employer is not required to allow an eligible employee to use more than 40 hours of paid sick leave in a single benefit year or to carry over more than 40 hours of time from one benefit year to another.” Learn more about the law and exemptions. READ THE ACT

 

Deadline: EEO-1 Reports [Due March 31, 2019 Extended until May 31]

“The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) will officially open the 2018 EEO-1 survey on March 18, 2019. The deadline to submit EEO-1 data has been extended until May 31, 2019. Please continue to visit the EEO-1 website for general information about the opening of the 2018 EEO-1 survey.” MORE FROM THE EEOC

 

New Protections: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Enacts Rules for Prepaid Accounts [Effective April 1, 2019]

If you use a paycard system to pay workers, be aware of these new protections. “The CFPB’s new rule on prepaid accounts creates comprehensive consumer protections for prepaid accounts. With our new rule you will get clear, upfront information about prepaid account fees so you can know before you owe and shop for the best deal. The rule also creates a number of new legal rights for prepaid account users, including protections in case of errors, loss, or theft. The new consumer protections and disclosures described in the above video will take effect on April 1, 2019.” WATCH VIDEO

 

Coming Soon:

What to Prepare for in the Coming Months

 

New Law: Washington to Require Quarterly Paid Family and Medical Leave Premium Payments  [Effective April 30, 2019]

Paid Family and Medical Leave is a statewide insurance program.

With very few exceptions, all employers, regardless of size, will have a responsibility to:

  1. Report employee wages, hours worked, and other information for all employees.
  2. Collect and remit premiums.
  3. Post required poster and notices.” VIEW THE RESOURCE

 

Deadline: EEO-1 Report for 2018 [Due May 31]

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) will officially open the 2018 EEO-1 survey on March 18, 2019. The deadline to submit EEO-1 data has been extended until May 31, 2019. Please continue to visit the EEO-1 website for general information about the opening of the 2018 EEO-1 survey.” VIEW THE REPORT

 

FMLA: New Jersey Expands Paid Family Leave Laws to Cover More Employers [Effective June 30, 2019]

Beginning June 30, 2019, the Family Leave Act applies to employers with 30 or more employees, as opposed to employers with 50 or more employees. This lowered threshold means that smaller employers will also be required to provide up to 12 weeks of job-protected Family Leave Act leave in a 24-month period to eligible employees.READ THE BILL

 

FMLA: Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Contributions [Deadline July 1, 2019]

Beginning July 1, 2019, as an employer, you’re responsible for:

  • Reporting wages paid, payment for contract services rendered, and other information about your workforce
  • Determining contribution amounts for your workforce and for any contribution due from you as an employer where applicable
  • Making deductions to cover worker contributions from payments you make to your workforce, either as wages or as payments for services from Massachusetts 1099-MISC contractors
  • Notifying your workforce of the PFML law.VIEW RESOURCE

 

Wage Garnishment: Wyoming Exempts Disposable Earnings From Garnishment in Some Circumstances [Effective July 1, 2019]

A defendant’s disposable earnings shall remain exempt… if the earnings were deposited in the defendant’s account with a financial institution within twenty (20) calendar days prior to service of a writ  of garnishment against the defendant’s account with the financial institution, on the day of service of the writ or within ten (10) business days after service of the writ.” READ THE BILL

 

FMLA: New Jersey Eliminates One-Week Waiting Period for Family Leave Benefits [Effective July 1, 2019]

The old law included a waiting period of seven consecutive days before benefits were payable. If the leave continued for more than three weeks, then the waiting period was also payable. There was an exception for employees who came straight from short-term disability for their own illness and then took family leave benefits (usually a pregnancy situation). The new law eliminated the waiting period altogether.VIEW RESOURCE

 

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