|CHAMBER OF COMMERCE MEMBER ALERT
AS OF MAY 31, 2013 AT 3:45 PM
JUST IN FROM CIEE (COUNCIL ON INTERNATIONAL EDUCATIONAL EXCHANGE) AND THE ALLIANCE FOR INTERNATIONAL AND CULTURAL EXCHANGE
J-1 Program Threatened The current version of the Senate Immigration Bill would have devastating consequences for the J-1 Summer Work Travel program. The J-1 visa is a cultural exchange visa that allows university students from other countries to travel and work in the U.S. during their summer break. By classifying students as “workers,” not as cultural exchange participants, the immigration reform legislation would ultimately eliminate the Summer Work Travel program from which many businesses hire a portion of their seasonal staff. Tell your elected representatives how Immigration Reform Bill S.744 will impact your business and urge them to take immediate action! Visit http://cqrcengage.com/ciee/home to take action now or for sample correspondence visit:
FROM CHAMBER LEGISLATIVE REP. MARK LALLY:
Here are two Bills that were pre-filed:
HB 156-AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 4 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO ALCOHOLIC LIQUORS.
This bill continues the process of updating the Liquor Control Act to make it more modern and consumer-friendly. Section 1 and 2 allow package stores to open at 8:00 a.m., instead of 9:00 a.m. on days other than Sundays. Section 3 allows package stores to open at 11:00 a.m. on Sundays instead of noon. All of these changes reflect consumer demand for more convenient shopping hours. May 30, 2013 - Introduced and Assigned to House Administration Committee in House
HB 168- AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 19 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION AND COUNSELING, TRAINING AND PLACEMENT ACTIVITIES.
This Bill in Section 1 establishes a one-week waiting period as a condition of eligibility for unemployment insurance benefits for claims establishing a benefit year beginning January 1, 2014 and thereafter.
Section 2 sunsets the one-week waiting period as a condition of eligibility for unemployment insurance for claims establishing a benefit year beginning January 1, 2017 and thereafter.
Section 3 defines “waiting period”. The one-week waiting period is the first week after a claim for unemployment insurance benefits is filed. No unemployment insurance benefits are paid for the one-week waiting period.
Section 4 sunsets the definition of “waiting period” for unemployment insurance for claims establishing a benefit year beginning January 1, 2017 and thereafter.
Section 5 increases the taxable wage base from its current level of $10,500 effective calendar year 2014. The taxable wage base will be based on a “trigger”; specifically the balance of the UI Trust Fund as of September 30 of the preceding calendar year. The higher the fund balance, the lower the taxable wage base. If the UI Trust Fund balance is $125.0 million or less, the taxable wage base will be $18,500; if the UI Trust Fund balance is greater than $125.0 million, but less than $175.0 million, the taxable wage base will be $16,500; if the UI Trust Fund balance is at least $175.0 million, but no greater than $225.0 million, the taxable wage base will be $14,500; if the UI Trust Fund balance is greater than $225.0 million, but less than $275.0 million, the taxable wage base will be $12,500 and if the UI Trust Fund balance is $275.0 million or greater, the taxable wage base will be $10,500.
Section 6 provides that any loan of State funds to repay loans from the federal government to the UI Trust Fund shall be repaid from unemployment insurance tax receipts.
Section 7 decreases the “special assessment” (the “training tax”), as established in § 3401, Title 19, DE Code, when the taxable wage base increases. The assessment rate will be .085% when the taxable wage base is $18,500, .095% when the taxable wage base is $16,500, .11% when the taxable wage base is $14,500, .126% when the taxable wage base is $12,500 and .15% when the taxable wage base is $10,500. May 30, 2013 – Introduced and Assigned to the House Labor Committee.
For more information, contact Carol Everhart on the Member Hotline at 302-227-6446 or on her cell at 302-542-7547.