arrowlogoAB 2337 – employ­ers with 25 or more employ­ees must pro­vide writ­ten notice to employ­ees of their rights to take pro­tect­ed time off for domes­tic vio­lence, sex­u­al assault or stalk­ing.  This is an expan­sion of exist­ing law, now requir­ing that notice be pro­vid­ed.  Con­for­mi­ty with the law is required once the Labor Com­mis­sion­er devel­ops the prop­er notice.

New Work­ers Com­pen­sa­tion rules – which will be issued as a pack­age from the Divi­sion of Work­ers Com­pen­sa­tion over the course of 2017.  Also, the WCIRB (Work­ers Com­pen­sa­tion Rat­ing Bureau) has rec­om­mend­ed a 4.3% drop in 2017 pre­mi­ums as part of pure premium.

SB 1167 – OSHA must pro­vide, by Jan­u­ary 1, 2019, a heat ill­ness and injury pre­ven­tion stan­dard applic­a­ble to work­ers work­ing in indoor places of employment.

SB 1234 – estab­lish­es the Secure Choice Retire­ment pro­gram for all cov­ered pri­vate sec­tor employ­ees.  Man­dates the cre­ation of sav­ings accounts for cov­ered work­ers whose employ­ers do not offer a retire­ment sav­ings option to be auto­mat­i­cal­ly enrolled.  The pro­gram will be phased in over a 36 month peri­od and over­seen by a new Secure Choice Retiremetn Sav­ings Invest­ment Board:

  • Groups of 100 or more employ­ees – must imple­ment with­in first 12 months
  • Groups of 50–99 employ­ees – must imple­ment with­in 24 months
  • Groups of 5 to 49 employ­ees – must imple­ment with­in 36 months

Employ­ees do have the right to opt out of the pro­gram.  The Board to set the ini­tial employ­ee con­tri­bu­tion between 2 and 5% of their gross wages and employ­ers always retain the right to pro­vide their own employ­er spon­sored retire­ment plans in lieu of the new program.