Equal Pay Act, Family Leave in Effect

Tennessee wasn’t alone implementing new laws on July 1, as two of its neighbors to the south also added new employment laws. The newly enacted Equal Pay Act in Mississippi became effective on the 1st of this month making the Magnolia State the last in the nation to enact a pay equity law. Under its…

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Paid Leave Changes

Minimum wages aren’t the only legal requirements that will change come July 1, and you’ll want to double check on local and state requirements that may impact your business.  That said, we note that Universal Paid Leave in the Nations Capital will undergo some changes next month as the employers’ contributions will be reduced from…

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12 States Now Require PFML

As expected, Delaware Governor John Carney signed the Healthy Delaware Families Act into law last week. The law creates the Delaware Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program, of which we advised you last month. The program will be funded by both employee and employer contributions and when fully operational, will provide up to 80% of…

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Paid Family and Medical Leave

Maryland became the 10th state in the nation (in addition to the District of Columbia) to enact a paid family and medical leave law when the democratic-led General Assembly overrode a veto of the bill by Governor Larry Hogan earlier this month. The Time to Care Act, as it is called, establishes an insurance program…

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New California Employment Landscape

A number of significant changes in California employment and related laws will take effect tomorrow that employers should be aware of. Earlier in the fall, Governor Gavin Newsom signed an array of bills into law – some of which have already become effective – that will have an impact on employers in the Golden State.…

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MA Paid Family Medical Leave Rates

The Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave (DFML) announced back in October that updates to contribution rates and weekly benefit amounts under the Paid Family and Medical Leave Act (PFMLA) would take effect on January 1, 2022. DDIFO employment counsel, Morgan Brown & Joy, advises that effective at the New Year, the maximum weekly…

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Massachusetts Changes PFML Benefit

The Department of Family and Medical Leave (DFML) has implemented a couple of changes that Bay State employers need to be aware of. Effective January 1, 2022, the DFML will increase the average weekly wage and increase the maximum benefit for covered leave. At the same time, the Department also announced a decrease in the…

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DOL Announces Worker Rights Initiative

In the same vein, the Department of Labor (DOL) also announced this week that it was launching a new initiative aimed at strengthening the rights of workers. This new effort, entitled “Essential Workers, Essential Protections”, provides workers with information about the wage and hour laws that apply to them, including instructions on how to contact DOL with questions or complaints.…

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Massachusetts PFML Reporting Deadline is January 31

When Massachusetts enacted Paid Family and Medical Leave, it also created a whole new bureaucracy to manage the new benefit, the Department of Family and Medical Leave. And as we know too well, with each new bureaucracy comes a plethora of regulations, red tape and reporting deadlines. It is in that vein that we want…

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FFCRA Paid Leave Allowed, Not Required

Another important provision of the New Stimulus Bill, signed into law on December 27, is the extension of the paid sick and family leave provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). Those provisions were set to expire on December 31, 2020, but have now been extended with a caveat – it is voluntary…

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