Governor Signs House Bill 22

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On February 20, 2013, Governor Otter signed House Bill 22 into law.

Under current law, large employers must remit income tax withheld on a pay period schedule that overlaps two calendar months. This split monthly filing results in a fiscal reporting year of January 16 in one year to January 15 of the next year. Because employee W-2 reporting is done on a calendar year basis, these employers must file a more complex annual form to reconcile calendar year W-2 information with the fiscal year withholding reporting period.

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DoL Revises FMLA Forms in Conjunction with the New Rules

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The U.S. Department of Labor recently revised and issued Family and Medical Leave Act forms in conjunction with its issuance of a final rule that expands FMLA coverage.  Find links to the revised forms below:

WH-381 Notice of Eligibility and Rights & Responsibilities
WH-384 Certification of Qualifying Exigency For Military Family Leave
WH-385 Certification for Serious Injury or Illness of Covered Servicemember —

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ABA Releases 2012 FMLA Case Report

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The American Bar Association, in association with the Bureau of National Affairs, released its 2013 Midwinter Meeting Report of 2012 FMLA Cases.  This report reviews a comprehensive list of FMLA cases from 2012 and categorizes them into subparts of the FMLA to which they pertain.

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Illness-related work absences in January 2013 highest since February 2008

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Today, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released a report highlighting the nearly 2.9 million workers who took time off for illness or injury some time during January 2013.  The report goes on to reference another 1.2 million workers who did not work at all during January due to illness or injury.  These numbers are the highest on record since February 2008.

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The Parental Bereavement Act

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House Bill 515 and Senate Bill 226 have been introduced for Congressional consideration.  These bills are basically a reintroduction of House Bill 6673 and Senate Bill 1358 from the 112th legislative session.

If passed, they would expand the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 to provide leave for the death of a son or daughter.  Intermittent or reduced schedule leave would not apply to leave taken under this proposed amendment,

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What if Money Were No Object?

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I saw this video tonight and thought of all the employment problems that could be solved if everyone learned this lesson early in life.

It’s Valentine’s Day.  Here’s to the LOVE of what you do “for a living.”

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State of the Union Identifies Administration’s Employment Law Focal Points

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In the State of the Union Address tonight, President Obama pronounced several areas of focus that may affect employers.

He urged the House to pass a bill that the Senate passed today: the Violence Against Women Act. He also asked Congress to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, a bill that he said ensures “that woman [w]ould earn a living equal to their efforts.”

He asked for the minimum wage to be increased to $9.00 per hour and to tie future increases to the cost of living.

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2012 Union Strike Numbers Surpass 2011’s

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The Bureau of Labor Statistics released its “work stoppage” report today.  The report indicates that 19 major work stoppages (“strikes”) idled more workers than all of the strikes in 2011 combined–148,000 workers.

The Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Teacher’s Union idled the most employees–26,500; and Lockheed Martin’s strike was the longest–48 workdays.  When multiplied by the 3600 Lockheed and International Association of Machinist workers who went out on strike, this equals 172,800 lost work days.

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DoL Issues Final Rule, Expanding the FMLA

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The rule implements congressional amendments to the FMLA permitting eligible workers to take up to 26 workweeks of leave to care for a current service member with a serious injury or illness. Congress also created qualifying exigency leave, which permits eligible employees to take up to 12 workweeks of leave for qualifying exigencies arising out of active duty or call to active duty in support of a contingency operation of a family member serving in the National Guard or Reserve.

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Idaho House Bill 82 Reported out of Committee with a “Do Pass” Recommendation

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Today, House Bill 82 was filed for a second reading. This proposed legislation would align the workers compensation laws in the state so that postsecondary students receive the same workers compensation coverage that K-12 students receive while completing work experience credit hours. Under current Idaho law, postsecondary students receiving education credits for completing a work experience project are not covered under the university or college worker’s compensation policy with the State Insurance Fund.

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