January 2017: State and Local Law Update

John GarnerCompliance, Resources

One of the most difficult things for human resource and absence management professionals to do is to keep up with changing state and local laws.  Below is a brief summary of some new laws of interest:

California

California’s Employment Development Department has released the disability insurance paid family leave weekly benefit amounts for 2017. For 2017, the maximum weekly benefit amount for disability and paid family leave is $1,173. The taxable wage ceiling for 2017 is $110,902.

Connecticut

The Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled that the Connecticut Fair Employment Practices Act does not authorize the award of punitive damages. The litigation involved a disability discrimination claim. A jury awarded $100,000 for disability discrimination, a total of $400,000 for other violations and additional punitive damages. The trial court judge set aside the punitive damages as not being available and both the appellate court and the state supreme court agreed.

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