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Key Wage Assignment Fix and Unemployment Insurance Changes

By Mike Ripley, vice president of health care policy and employment law * PDF version available for printing * At the Chamber’s request, Sen. Phil Boots (R-Crawfordsville) carried SB 99, which allowed for a wage assignment for the rental of uniforms. The U.S. Southern District Court determined that while the Indiana code permits deductions for the “purchase” of uniforms, [...]

2019-05-15T11:04:25-04:00May 15th, 2019|

Quick Hits on E-Cigarettes, Mandates, Occupational Safety and Health Fine, Pharmacy Benefit Managers

Senate Bill 162 (Chronic Pain Management), authored by Sen. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper), was amended on second reading this week to better define chronic pain. While it’s not what we would call a good bill, it has been changed to where it is about as good as we are going to get it (it’s still a mandate, however, which we [...]

2019-04-12T14:25:18-04:00April 12th, 2019|

Worker’s Compensation Bill Passes Senate Pensions and Labor Unanimously

House Bill 1182 – Worker’s Compensation Author: Rep Matt Lehman (R-Berne) Provides for worker’s compensation purposes that an employee who leaves work to serve as a volunteer firefighter or member of a volunteer emergency medical services association is considered an employee of the firefighting unit while in the performance of duties as a volunteer firefighter or volunteer member. Increases [...]

2019-03-15T12:32:01-04:00March 15th, 2019|

Quick Hits: Hopeful Signals on Smoking Age Increase; School Accountability, Data Center Tax Exemption and Death-on-the-Job Penalty All Clear the House

Senate Bill 425 (Minimum Age to Purchase Tobacco and E-Liquids), authored by Sen. Randy Head (R-Logansport), did not receive a hearing in the Senate Tax and Fiscal Policy Committee before the deadline, but there is still room for optimism. The Chamber priority bill – previously passed via the Senate Health Committee – would have raised the legal age for [...]

2019-02-22T12:58:15-04:00February 22nd, 2019|

Worker’s Comp Benefit Increase Heard in Committee, Fails on Tie Vote; IOSHA Bill Responding to Worker’s Death Moves in Committee

Senate Bill 358 – Worker’s Compensation Authored by Sen. Karen Tallian (D-Portage)    Increases benefits for injuries and disablements by 10% each year for three years, beginning on July 1, 2019. Chamber Position: Oppose The Latest: The chairman of the Senate Pensions and Labor Committee, Sen. Phil Boots (R-Crawfordsville), took a vote on the bill and it failed 5-5. [...]

2019-02-15T14:43:56-04:00February 15th, 2019|

Worker’s Compensation Issue, Plus Possible Amendment Regarding Death on the Job Benefit and a Related IOSHA Fine Increase

House Bill 1182 – Worker’s Compensation Authored by Rep. Matt Lehman (R-Berne) Would clarify who is responsible for worker’s compensation for volunteer firefighters. In cases currently where an employer supports an employee’s time off for volunteer firefighting through continued pay and other coverage, the employer may be considered responsible for any worker’s compensation. Chamber Position: Support The latest: Testimony was [...]

2019-02-05T14:19:32-04:00January 18th, 2019|