New Guidance on COVID Caregivers

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) early this week issued a new guidance on employers responsibilities and obligations regarding employees who may be caregivers for children, elderly or other vulnerable individuals relative to the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact that it may have had on them and their ability to work. The agency reiterated that…

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Illinois Expands VESSA

Effective January 1, HB 3582 took effect and expanded the types of crimes for which victims are entitled to take leave under the Victims’ Economic Security and Safety Act (VESSA). With enactment of the law, VESSA leave, which was previously limited to sexual or domestic violence, is now available to workers in Illinois who are…

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California Dreamin’

But some are bad dreams for certain employers! Fresh off surviving a recall election just two weeks ago, California Governor Gavin Newsom, signed a couple of pieces of legislation into law over the past two weeks that won’t bode well for business going forward. Assembly Bill 1003, provides that employers found guilty of intentional theft…

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Treasury, IRS Sick Leave Wages Rule

Earlier in September, the US Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service issued updated guidance providing information for employers on how to report on Form W-2 the amount of qualified sick and family leave wages paid to employees for leave taken in 2021. Notice 2021-53 provides guidance under recent coronavirus legislation including the…

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Missouri Expands Leave, COVID Liability Provisions

Missouri Governor Mike Parson signed the Victims Economic Safety and Security Act (VESSA) into law earlier this summer with it becoming effective on August 28. On that date, Missouri joined a number of other states in extending unpaid leave to victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse. VESSA applies to all employers in Missouri with…

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Chicago Wage Theft & Illinois Sick Leave

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has filed a set of ordinances with the City Council, that would dramatically change the landscape for businesses within the Windy City. The Mayor’s package, which she has dubbed the “Chi Biz Strong Initiative”, defines a business as guilty of wage theft if it fails to timely pay a covered employee…

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Restaurant Workers Sue Michigan

The Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC) along with other advocacy groups One Fair Wage and Mothering Justice this week filed a lawsuit against Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel alleging that legislative changes made to the state minimum wage law were unconstitutional. To put the issue in context, One Fair Wage initiated a petition drive in 2018…

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New Mexico Enacts Paid Sick Leave

Following the lead of a host of other states along with a growing list of counties and cities, the “Land of Enchantment” last week became the latest state to enact a broad statewide paid leave mandate on private employers. The New Mexico Healthy Workplaces Act (HWA) was signed into law by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham…

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Court Enjoins Dallas Sick Leave

A federal court in Dallas Texas has permanently enjoined the city of Dallas from implementing its paid sick leave law finding the 2019 ordinance to be in conflict with state law. The Texas Minimum Wage Act (TMWA) establishes the minimum wage in the state currently at $7.25 per hour, the same as the federal rate.…

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Paid and Supplemental Sick Leave

Despite our getting closer to a complete reopening of the economy in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, some employers around the country are still being saddled with additional mandates and dictates from their own state governments. One glaring example comes from the state of New Mexico, where the state senate last week passed a…

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