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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|

Indiana Chamber Stops Unemployment Insurance Tax Increase

The federal government considers Indiana’s current unemployment insurance (UI) trust fund balance of $650 million to be insufficient. The fed’s calculations show that Indiana should be somewhere between $1.7 and $1.8 billion. Moreover, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) calculates that the state’s balance will be around $1 billion by the end of 2020 based upon current forecasts [...]

2019-03-29T12:11:01-04:00March 29th, 2019|

New Approach Taken by Bill Authors on Chamber Priority Asbestos Litigation Bill; Chamber Concerned With Key Cap Removal Related to Unemployment Insurance

House Bill 1181 – Asbestos Litigation Authored by Rep. Matt Lehman (R-Berne) This bill is a streamlined version of what was presented at the onset of session last year. Gone is the provision regarding the statute of repose for the Indiana Product Liability Statute. It now focuses solely on having individuals disclose during legal proceedings what trusts they have [...]

2019-01-29T09:44:48-04:00January 18th, 2019|

Labor Relations: DWD Delivers Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund Update

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) recently presented an unemployment insurance (UI) trust fund update to the Interim Study Committee on Labor and Employment. DWD reminded the committee that structural changes were made to the system in 2011, that Schedule E ratings are mandated through 2020 and that the federal loan was paid off in June of 2016.  [...]

2018-09-28T12:34:20-04:00September 28th, 2018|

Disappointments Overshadow a Few Victories in Health Care and Labor Relations

By Mike Ripley, vice president of health care policy and employment law Simply put, it was one of the Chamber’s biggest disappointments of the session: The General Assembly failing to implement reforms to reduce smoking in Indiana. We knew the landscape going in but felt something positive could occur. Since 2018 was a non-budget year, that meant no one [...]

2018-03-30T11:49:04-04:00March 30th, 2018|

Unemployment Insurance Bill Passes Senate Committee

Bill # and Title: HB 1036 – Unemployment Insurance Author: Rep. Dan Leonard (R-Huntington) Summary: Excludes worker’s compensation and occupational diseases compensation payments from the definition of “wages” for unemployment insurance purposes. Establishes a flat fee of $12 as the employer’s collection fee for withholding amounts from an individual’s income to repay unemployment insurance (UI) benefit overpayments. Allows an [...]

2018-02-16T13:02:43-04:00February 16th, 2018|