Legislation

Advocacy is critical to supporting and advancing SHRM’s programs and visibility.
- SHRM Advocacy Team.

After much debate, the Legislature adopted a new minimum wage for New York State that includes different scheduled increases for different parts of the state. Click Here To View Schedule
 

The New Overtime Rules: Uncertainty Continues

 

On November 22, 2016, District Court Judge Mazzant blocked the U.S. Department of Labor’s (USDOL’s) overtime rule from taking effect on December 1.

Effective December 1, 2016, the Final Rule was going to increase the minimum salary level for exempt employees from $455 per week ($23,660 annually) to $921 per week ($47,892 annually). The Final Rule also establishes an automatic updating mechanism that adjusts the minimum salary level every three years.

The fate of the overtime rules is now unknown. The Trump administration will take over the US Department Of Labor in less than two months, which have repeatedly indicated they want to eliminate unnecessary regulations in the business community. Unless an appeals court reverses Judge Mazzant ruling in the next several weeks, it is possible that the rules will be further delayed, and possibly completely overturned once President Trump takes office.

 

HR Engage On Overtime Regulations by visiting http://www.advocacy.shrm.org/home

 

2017 SOCIAL SECURITY CHANGES 

https://www.ssa.gov/news/press/factsheets/colafacts2017.pdf

  

401 (K) deferral Elections in 2017

              Deferral limits for 401(k) plans 

  • $18,000  
  • $6,000 Catch Up Contributions
  • Catch-up contributions for those age 50 and over

 

IRS HSA Contribution limits for 2017:

HSA contribution limit(employer + employee)

Self-only: $3,400

Family: $6,750

HSA catch-up contributions(age 55 or older)*

$1,000

HDHP minimum deductibles

Self-only: $1,300

Family: $2,600

HDHP maximum out-of-pocket amounts (deductibles, co-payments and other amounts, but not premiums)

Self-only: $6,550

Family: $13,100

* Catch-up contributions can be made any time during the year in which the HSA participant turns 55.

** Unlike other limits, the HSA catch-up contribution amount is not indexed; any increase would require statutory change.

 

 

 

    Legislative Connections:

    Get to know your representatives so that they may call on you for assistance when an issue or problem regarding the workplace occurs. Let your representative know you can be a resource for them.

    New York State:

    www.ny.gov

    Look Up Your Voter Registration – Find Out Who Your Representative Is!   

    The Legislative box is on the right side…it lists NYS Senate, NYS Assembly –these are your NYS Representatives. It also lists NY State Congressional Delegation, these are your Federal Representatives.  You can click on your Representative’s name to get their contact information. You can also send emails through this site.

    Legislative updates for NYS laws can be found on the NYS Business Council’s website www.bcnys.org under Government Affairs…Government Affairs Albany Update

    Suffolk County:  

    www.co.suffolk.ny.us

    Click on Elected Officials on the left side.  Then look for Legislature….click the Legislature icon…then Offices…Legislator’s Offices. Again it will give you names/pictures and direct links to your Legislators.

    Nassau County:  

    www.nassaucountyny.gov

    Click on Legislature…all are listed as pictures/names/districts…click on your Representative for contact information.

    Please Note: If you call or write a letter/email to an elected official regarding an issue that SHRM supports you can earn .25 credits towards recertification. You need to keep a copy of the letter/email or document your phone conversation (Date/Time/Who).

    For further information contact:

    SHRM-LI Legislative Chair
    Samantha Halfen, PHR, SHRM-CP       
    LegislativeChair@SHRMLI.org