Quotes to Note | Herbert Hoover on National Debt

Herbert Hoover

Blessed are the young, for they shall inherit the national  debt.    

– Herbert Hoover, US President, 1921-1928

Read more at
http://quotes.dictionary.com/blessed_are_the_young_for_they_shall_inherit

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New Jersey judge strikes down same-sex marriage ban

The New Jersey courts have ruled that the state’s same-sex ban marriage is unconstitutional. The governor is expected to challenge the decision; however, the ruling marks the first time that a state has banned same-sex marriage on the basis of the  US Supreme Court decision in Windsor.

What we see playing out in New Jersey underscores the shift employers can expect to see in state and loca laws, particularly in those states that recognize civil unions and domestic partnerships rather than same-sex marriage.

Here’s the link to New York Times article.  http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/28/nyregion/new-jersey-judge-rules-state-must-allow-gay-marriage.html?emc=edit_na_20130927&_r=0

Unemployment Insurance Notices | New Laws Demand a New Approach

Federal law mandated that all states put laws into place this year to force employers to timely and fully respond to unemployment insurance notices. These laws dramatically change how businesses and their agents communicate with state workforce agencies. Watch the video and click here for the full report: http://response.ey.com/CSG3/?eyt.

Quotes to Note | Harry Truman on National Healthcare

Harry Truman

“The health of American children, like their education, should be recognized as a definite public responsibility.”

– Harry Truman, National Health Assembly Dinner, May 1, 1948

For the full text of the speech go to http://www.trumanlibrary.org/publicpapers/viewpapers.php?pid=1612

EY’s 2013 Direct Deposit/Pay Card Survey

Can you m162545364 (low)andate that employees receive their pay electronically?  This question has received a great deal of media focus this year, and the subsequent attention of governmental regulators.

The survey below conducted this year by Ernst & Young LLP answers this question based on information available before the current controversy arose.  Since that time, federal and state agencies have been issuing advisories that clarify the restrictions governing employer use of pay cards.  Employers should monitor these developments closely.

For related articles on our blog, see http://wp.me/p3RWNG-4x and http://wp.me/p3RWNG-3v.

The following information was obtained during the course of informal telephone, email and website surveys with the state government agencies noted below. Although these surveys are useful in determining how governmental departments currently treat an issue, answers and positions derived from such surveys are not binding upon the state, cannot be cited as precedent, may change over time and hence cannot be relied upon.

State Government agency Direct deposit requires employee’s voluntary   consent Pay card requires employee’s specific voluntary consent
Alabama Department of Labor No No administrative position available
Alaska Department of Labor, Workforce and Development Yes Yes
Arizona State Labor Department, Industrial Commission No (conditions apply) No (conditions apply)
Arkansas Department of Labor, Labor Standards Division Yes Yes
California Department of Industrial Relations, Division of   Labor Standards Enforcement Yes Yes
Colorado Department of Labor and Employment Yes Yes
Connecticut Department of Labor, Division of Wage and Workplace   Standards Yes No administrative position available
Delaware Department of Labor, Office of Labor Law Enforcement Yes Yes
District of Columbia Department of Employment Services, Office of Wage   Hour No (for public employees of the District)Yes (for private employers) Yes
Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation;   Department of Economic Opportunity Yes Yes
Georgia Department of Labor Yes Yes (administratively allowed if other   payment option is available)
Hawaii Department of Labor & Industrial Relations, Wage   Standards Yes Yes
Idaho Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Section Yes Yes
Illinois Department of Labor Yes Yes
Indiana Department of Labor, Wage & Hour Division No No
Iowa Workforce Development, Division of Labor Services No (for new hires after July 1, 2010) Yes
Kansas Department of Labor, Employment Standards No No (conditions apply)
Kentucky Labor Cabinet, Department of Workplace Standards No No
Louisiana Workforce Commission No No administrative position available
Maine Department of Labor, Wage-Hour Division No, if no fee is involved No, if no fee is involved
Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation,   Division of Labor and Industry Yes (with respect to private sector employees)No (with respect to state government employees) Yes
Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, Fair Labor and Business   Practice Division No No (conditions apply)
Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, Wage   and Hour Division No (following 30-day notice) No (following 30-day notice)
Minnesota Department of Labor & Industry, Labor Standards   Division Yes Yes
Mississippi None No administrative position available No administrative position available
Missouri Department of Labor & Industrial Relations,   Division of Labor Standards No No
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Yes Yes
Nebraska Workforce Development, Department of Safety and   Labor Standards No No
Nevada Office of the Labor Commissioner Yes Yes
New Hampshire Department of Labor, Wage & Hour Division Yes Yes
New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development,   Division of Wage and Hour Compliance Yes except for state, county and municipal employees, effective July 1, 2014, under A. 720 Yes
New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions, Wage-Hour Bureau Yes Yes
New York Department of Labor Yes except for salaried employees paid $900 or more per week Yes
North Carolina Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Bureau No No
North Dakota Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division No Yes
Ohio Department of Commerce, Bureau of Wage and Hour   Administration No No
Oklahoma Department of Labor, Employment Standards Wage &   Hour Unit No Yes
Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, Wage and Hour   Division No, but employee may request in writing to be paid by check (effective January 1, 2014) No, but employee may request in writing to be   paid by check (effective January 1, 2014)
Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry, Labor Law   Compliance  Yes Yes
Puerto Rico Department of Labor and Training, Division of Labor   Standards Yes Yes
Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training, Division of Labor   Standards Yes Yes
South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation,   Division of Wages and Child Labor No No
South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation, Division of   Labor & Management No No
Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development,   Division of Labor Standards No No (conditions apply)
Texas Texas Workforce Commission, Labor Law Section No (following 60-day notice) Yes
Utah Labor Commission of Utah No (under certain circumstances) No
Vermont Department of Labor & Industry, Wage and Hour   Division Yes Yes
Virgin Islands Department of Labor No administrative position available No administrative position available
Virginia Department of Labor & Industry, Labor and   Employment Law No (for new hires after January 1, 2010) No (for new hires after January 1, 2010)
Washington Department of Labor & Industries No, if no fee is involved No, if no fee is involved
West Virginia Division of Labor, Wage and Hour Section Yes Yes
Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, Equal Rights   Division, Labor Standards Bureau No No
Wyoming Department of Workforce Services, Labor Standards Yes Yes