Employment Development Department (EDD)
Changes are coming to the Unemployment Insurance (UI) and State Disability Insurance (SDI) programs – Paid Family Leave (PFL) benefits are part of the SDI program. The EDD is changing from Bank of America to Money Network for delivery of UI, SDI and PFL benefits. The EDD has started notifying claimants with active claims of the change. New prepaid debit cards from Money Network (with microchips!) will be mailed to those who are currently receiving benefits with payments transitioning to the cards on February 15, 2024. Claimants with funds remaining on their Bank of America EDD debit card will have until April 15, 2024 to use the funds. Beginning in spring of next year, Money Network will also offer a direct deposit option for claimants to receive their benefits.
We want to give you a quick reminder regarding the Centennial State’s new Family and Medical Leave Insurance (FAMLI) program, as employees will be able to access leave benefits under the program beginning in less than a month on January 1, 2024. We’ve discussed this upcoming program in several of our previous newsletters, but in lieu of supplying you with multiple links to skim through, clients with access to our Compliance Center will be able to take advantage of the resources on our Colorado page to confirm the most up to date information on the program as the go-live date approaches.
The Disability Compensation Division released the 2024 maximum weekly benefit amount and maximum weekly wage base for the Hawaii Temporary Disability Insurance (TDI), Workers’ Compensation (WC), and Prepaid Health Care (PHC) laws. The maximum weekly benefit amount effective January 1, 2024 will be $798 per week, and the maximum weekly wage base is $1,374.78 per week. TDI contributions for employees will remain at 0.5% of the first $1,374.78 with a weekly cap of $6.87 per week. Be sure to update your pay offsets accordingly to align with this update.
Another quick reminder for you! The Paid Leave for All Workers Act goes into effect on January 1, 2024. Details can be found in this newsletter from February. We previously shared FAQs that were published in June. They have been updated since then, and you can find them here. The Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL) is still working on the required notice – we will share once it’s available (it will also be posted here).
The IDOL is hosting webinars to discuss the new law:
December 21 – you can register here
January 11 – you can register here
January 25 – you can register here
The IDOL has published proposed regulations if you wish to review.
Yet another reminder – the statewide Earned Sick and Safe Leave (ESSL) goes into effect on January 1, 2024. This newsletter from May has the details. The Department of Labor and Industry has published a sample employee notice which must be provided to each employee by January 1, 2024 or at the start of employment if employment starts after January 1, 2024. You can find the notice in additional languages here. There is also a Fact Sheet and FAQs.