California Expands Paid Family Leave

File under the heading: Is enough ever enough? Shortly before the July 4 holiday, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed the state budget into law which re-established an individual insurance mandate. What we didn’t know at the time though, was that it also expanded the Golden State Paid Family Leave (PFL) program, effective July, 2020. The…

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Oregon Passes Paid Family & Medical Leave as Session Ends

Apparently the republican senators who left the state of Oregon to deny the democratic majority a quorum two weeks ago, returned too early to their legislative posts as the Oregon Senate passed HB 2005 and sent it to the Governor. The legislation creates a state insurance fund that will provide workers with 12 weeks of…

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Lamont Signs Connecticut Paid Family Leave

As we anticipated and advised you weeks ago, Governor Ned Lamont signed the expansion of the Connecticut Family and Medical Leave Act (CFMLA) into law on Tuesday of this week. Under the law, which becomes effective in January 2022, all employees in the Constitution State will be eligible for up to 12 weeks of paid…

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Nevada Enacts Trio of Employee Benefit Laws

A little over one week ago, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak signed three separate bills, each of which expand mandates on businesses by way of specific employee benefits. AB 456 provides for annual increases in the state minimum wage until it reaches $11 or $12 per hour in 2024, depending on employee benefits. The current Nevada…

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Paid Leave Vote Fails, Tax Collections To Begin

On the broader subject of mandatory paid sick leave, the county legislature in Albany County New York surprised many when, by a 21 -17 tally, it voted down a mandatory paid sick leave proposal it has been debating for over a year. The proposal would have required private employers within the county to provide their…

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Oregon House Passes Paid Family Leave

As the end of the legislative session approaches, the Oregon House of Representatives late yesterday approved House Bill 2005, a bill that would mandate 12 weeks of paid family medical leave, and sent it along to the senate. As passed by the house, the proposal allows for 12 weeks of paid leave – negotiated down…

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US Senate Forms Federal Family Leave Group

The issue itself has been kicking around for a couple of years now, but the US Senate Finance Committee this week advanced the priority of the issue with the appointment of a bi-partisan work group to study federal family leave. Senator Maggie Hassan, a democrat from New Hampshire will co-chair the federal family leave work…

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Maine Approves Paid Leave

The legislature in the state of Maine last week approved An Act Authorizing Earned Employee Leave (LD 369) and sent it to Governor Janet Mills for her signature. Mills is expected to sign the legislation as she was instrumental in negotiating the final product. Taking effect on January 1, 2021, the bill requires employers in…

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Minimum Wage Study Verifies Impact

The small town of Emeryville outside Oakland, California adopted an aggressive living wage law back in 2015. Just one month after the city council passed the minimum Wage and Paid Sick Leave ordinance on June 2, the $9.00 minimum wage increased to $12.25 for small businesses (55 or fewer employees) and to $14.44 for large…

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Governor Vetoes Paid Leave

New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu last week vetoed new legislation mandating paid leave in the Granite State. SB 1, which cleared the legislature just a day before the Governor vetoed it, would have dictated that businesses provide paid family leave insurance to all employees (similar to programs in New York and Rhode Island) and would…

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