Recent Indiana Law Changes

On July 1, 2015, several new laws went into effect in Indiana. The laws range from motor vehicle laws to workers' compensation. Examples of new laws include:

  • Civil immunity is granted to a person who forcibly enters a locked motor vehicle for the purpose of rescuing a child, unless the actions were grossly negligent or involved willful and wonton misconduct (P.L. 132-2015), as well as laws granting civil immunity to volunteer, uncompensated health care providers. (P.L. 161-2015)

  • Employers who in bad faith fail to pay timely wages or withhold wages and restricts the amount of wages assignable to an employer for uniforms, training, payroll advances and merchandise, goods or foods will be assessed liquidated damages, including attorneys' fees. (P.L. 193-2015)

  • An officer of a corporation who owns an interest in the corporation may now elect nonemployee status under worker's compensation. (P.L. 225-2015)

  • Service of process fees for sheriffs increase from $13 to $25. (P.L. 165-2015)

  • The courts in Clark, Greene, Madison, Marion, Porter, St. Joseph and Vanderburgh Counties will be adding additional magistrates while Sullivan County will be losing a magistrate. (P.L. 173-2015)

  • The Marion County township small claims courts will transition to courts of record, including moving to full-time status by December 31, 2016.  In addition, the jurisdictional limit will be increased from $6,000 to $8,000. (P.L. 170-2015)

  • Various motor vehicle laws include the requirement for vehicles to change lanes on certain multilane roads to permit an overtaking vehicle to pass, the requirement that motorist contact a 911 operator following a vehicular collision resulting in injury or death, and setting forth that the failure to render assistance to injured or entrapped victims of a vehicular collision is a Class C misdemeanor for certain persons. (P.L. 188-2015)

If you have questions regarding how these new laws may impact you or your business, we would be happy to discuss them with you.

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