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Bill Watch, Feb. 14, 2014: Current Labor & Employment Legislation of Note - Labor and Employment Law News

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Labor and Employment Law News


Posted on: Feb 18, 2014

The IndyBar Legislative Committee is currently monitoring the following labor and employment law related legislation. IndyBar members can request that the Legislative Committee track specific legislation by contacting committee chair Mindy Westrick at mindy.westrick@faegrebd.com.

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HB1126 WAGE PAYMENT AND WAGE ASSIGNMENT. (OBER D)
Provides that an employer who fails to make timely payment of wages to an employee may be ordered by a court to pay an award of: (1) liquidated damages for at least 10% of the unpaid wages; and (2) a reasonable fee for the employee's attorney, if the total award is less than double the past due wages. Provides that an employee may assign wages for: (1) the purchase or use of uniforms or equipment necessary to fulfill the duties of employment, subject to the restriction that the total amount of the wages assigned may not exceed $2,500 per year ; (2) reimbursement for education or employee skills training; and (3) an advance for payroll or vacation pay.

HB1242 EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION AGAINST VETERANS. (CARBAUGH M)
Provides that it is an unlawful employment practice (practice) for an employer to discriminate against a prospective employee on the basis of status as a veteran by: (1) refusing to employ an applicant for employment on the basis that the applicant is a veteran of the armed forces of the United States; or (2) refusing to employ an applicant for employment on the basis that the applicant is a member of the Indiana national guard or member of a reserve component. Requires the Indiana civil rights commission to enforce alleged violations of the practice. Requires the Indiana department of veterans' affairs to disseminate information necessary to inform veterans of the practice. Makes technical corrections.

SB294 WORKER'S COMPENSATION. (BOOTS P)
Changes the worker's compensation and occupational diseases compensation law by providing that: (1) a medical service provider may not be reimbursed for more than one office visit for each repackaged legend drug prescribed; (2) the maximum period during which a medical service provider that is not a retail or mail order pharmacy may receive reimbursement for a repackaged legend drug begins on the date of the injury or disablement and ends at the beginning of the eighth day after the date of the injury or disablement; and (3) for purposes of determining pecuniary liability, a medical service provider is distinguished from a medical service facility on the basis of the provider's billing form for Medicare reimbursement. Removes language that provides that the reimbursement for an implant may not exceed the invoice amount plus 25%.

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