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May 30, 2011

Around the States

Filed under: General HR Buzz6:00 am

The Health Benefit Exchange will go into effect for at least two states during the month of June.  Certain employers and individuals can purchase qualified health plans through the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange effective June 1, 2011, and through the West Virginia Health Benefit Exchange effective June 11, 2011.

A bill passed on April 14, 2011, requires employers in Georgia that have a Georgia business license to use the federal E-Verify identification system to confirm the eligibility of new employees.  This bill was passed on April 14, 2011.

The minimum wage in Florida will increase to $7.35 per hour, effective June 1, 2011.  Businesses with “tipped employees” who are eligible for the federal tip credit will be required to pay a direct wage of $4.29 plus tips, also effective June 1, 2011.

In Montana, employees working in mines, quarries, smelters, or cement plants are limited to eight hours of work per day unless there is a prior agreement.

Equal Employment Opportunity has been in the forefront recently for many states.  In New Jersey, effective June 1, 2011, employers and their agents, representatives, and designees cannot knowingly or purposefully publish, in print or on the internet, advertisements for job vacancies that contain provisions stating that job qualifications include current employment.  Effective October 1, 2011, in Maryland, employers cannot deny applicants employment, discharge employees, or determine compensation or terms, conditions, or privileges of employment based on credit reports or credit history.  Employers in Hawaii cannot discriminate based on gender identity or expression, effective May 2, 2011.

 

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