Employees Are Paying A Bigger Chunk Of Health Insurance Costs [NPR]

High deductible health plans are the new normal.

Just over half of employees this year have a health insurance policy with a deductible of at least $1,000, according to a survey of employers from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

It’s the continuation of a multiyear trend of companies passing more of the costs of employee health care back onto workers. [Read More.]

Facebook chooses New Mexico for new data center over Utah [SFGate]

ALBUQUERQUE — Facebook has chosen a village on the edge of New Mexico’s largest metropolitan area as the location for its new data center, an announcement that spread quickly Wednesday as elected officials celebrated a hard-sought win that could have ripple effects for the state’s struggling economy.

News of the social media company’s decision to build in Los Lunas, just south of Albuquerque, comes after a roller-coaster contest between New Mexico and Utah to attract the facility. [Read More.]

Arizona law meant as improvement on Colorado, but experts say Prop. 205 still isn’t perfect [State Press]

Mentioned in the story: Drug-free workplaces

If Prop. 205 passes, employers still have a right to maintain a drug-free work environment — meaning they may still drug test employees and reprimand them for using marijuana. Similarly, the legalization of recreational marijuana does not change the consequences of DUIs, according to Holyoak. [Read More.]

A Matter of Time: What you need to know about the new overtime rule [Utah Business]

Big changes are coming to overtime pay for white-collar workers. A new rule from the Department of Labor, aimed at making it easier for low-wage workers to be paid for working extra hours, is set to take effect in December. The new rule, which more than doubles the salary threshold for overtime exemption, will not just impact an estimated 36,000 Utah employees, but their employers as well. [Read More.]

Colorado minimum wage fight continues; pro-increase group says rise won’t cut jobs [The Pueblo Chieftain]

To raise the minimum wage in Colorado is not a job killer but a means for people to get off government services and is a question of human dignity, according to advocates promoting Amendment 70, a mandatory minimum wage increase that would reach $12 an hour by 2020 if voters agree in November.
Tim Hoover, who works for the Colorado Fiscal Institute, told The Pueblo Chieftain editorial board that studies made before Colorado voters OK’d the current state minimum wage law in 2006 called for massive job losses in the state — 90,000 lost jobs by 2020 — did not materialize and the person who released the study is the same “hired gun” who produces similar studies at other attempts at mandatory minimum wage increases. [Read More.]

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