Portland Yields Paid Leave to State Effort

Early this week, the Portland Maine City Council rejected a proposed ordinance to mandate paid sick leave for all employees instead endorsing the idea of one statewide paid leave standard. By a vote of 5-4 on Monday evening, the Council put to bed any further consideration of a local mandate and instead is working with…

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Between a Rock and a Hard Place!

Massachusetts has relieved a little bit of the pressure on businesses relative to applying for an exemption under the state’s new paid family and medical leave mandate. The original legislation (aka, the “Grand Bargain”) allowed businesses to offer employees a more generous private alternative if they so choose and then apply for an exemption from…

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DC Family Leave Tax Starting Soon

Implementation of the Washington DC paid family and medical leave payroll tax is coming sooner than originally thought. The DC Office of Employment Services (DOES) announced that it will begin collecting the new 0.62% payroll tax to fund the DC paid family and medical leave in July for all gross wages paid in the current…

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Colorado Senate Kills Paid Family Leave Bill

Senators in Colorado succeeded in blocking adoption of a paid leave mandate in the Rocky Mountain state earlier this month as the Senate Finance Committee killed the Paid Family Leave Act for the year. Initially, the committee just tabled the measure to give sponsors enough time to draft amendments to make the proposal more palatable…

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Maine Paid Leave Shifting

A compromise seems to have been brokered by Governor Janet Mills in the state of Maine over mandating paid leave benefits for private employees. The legislature’s Labor Committee this week approved compromise legislation that would apply to businesses with more than 10 employees who work for a business more than three months in a year.…

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Massachusetts Releases Family and Medical Leave Regulation

The Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development released a model of the notice that employers will be required to provide to their existing employees by May 31, 2019.  The Paid Family and Medical Leave benefit was created by the poorly-named Grand Bargain that Governor Charlie Baker signed into law last June. Although employers…

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New Jersey Bans NDAs, Strengthening Wage Theft

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy is the polar opposite of former republican Governor Chris Christie and is signing into law many of the bills that Christie strongly opposed and/or vetoed during his two terms in the corner office. The latest example is new legislation restricting the use of nondisclosure agreements in employment contracts and settlement…

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Parallel Paid Leave Tracks

Congress will soon be debating two different versions of federal paid leave laws as House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD.) joined Representatives Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Don Beyer (D-VA) and Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) introducing the Federal Employee Paid Leave Act earlier this week. Although the immediate focus of the democrat bill is solely on federal government…

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Paid Family Leave On the 2020 Agenda

Speaking of Paid Family and Medical Leave, expect legislation to mandate it as a paid benefit to have a prominent place in the buildup to the 2020 presidential election. As we know, President Trump (as recently as the State of the Union address on February 5) has expressed his support for some kind of federal…

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Maine Advances Pay Equality, Mulls Sick Leave

At the state level, paid leave continues to crop up in State Capitols with Maine being only the latest example. The legislature’s Committee on Labor and Housing entertained a bill at a public hearing on Monday that would mandate businesses with more than 5 employees provide 5 days of paid leave annually. Similar legislation has…

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