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Bill Watch, March 4, 2014: Current Labor & Employment Legislation of Note - Labor and Employment Law News

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Labor and Employment Law News


Posted on: Mar 6, 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 and was not acting in good faith shall, in addition to the wages due, pay: (1) liquidated damages not to exceed 10% of the unpaid wages for each day that the amount due the employee remains unpaid, with the total amount awarded not to exceed double the amount of wages due; and (2) a reasonable fee for the employee's attorney. Provides that an employee may assign wages for: (1) the purchase 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 the lesser of: (A) $2,500 per year; or (B) the maximum deduction allowed for a wage overpayment under IC 22-2-6-4; (2) reimbursement for education or employee skills training, subject to the restriction that an employer may not require, as a condition of employment, that an employee pay or reimburse the employer for training that is specific to the employee's job with the employer; and (3) an advance for payroll or vacation pay. Provides that the interest rate charged on amounts loaned or advanced to an employee and repaid using a wage assignment may not exceed the bank prime loan interest rate as reported by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System or any successor rate, plus 4%.

Current Status: 3/4/2014 - House Bills on Third Reading

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.

Current Status: 3/4/2014 - House Bills on Third Reading

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; (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; and (4) an officer of a corporation who is an employee of the corporation may elect not to be an employee of the corporation for purposes of worker's compensation and occupational diseases law. Removes language that provides that the reimbursement for an implant may not exceed the invoice amount plus 25%.

Current Status: 2/24/2014 - Returned to the Senate with amendments

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