Second Sick Leave Law Coming to New York

Effective September 30, the state of New York will have a second sick leave law taking effect – one specific to the COVID-19 pandemic and the other, a new general employment mandate. The new benefit, which was approved as part of the state budget and ironically becomes effective on the exact same date as Governor…

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Court Strikes Several DOL Rules on FFCRA

With the DC focus on the next iteration of COVID-19 legislative relief, one could easily forget the earlier economic stimulus laws and their implementation, but the courts this week kept the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) in the forefront.  The FFCRA made as many as 61 million workers eligible for paid sick leave and…

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DOL Issues New FFCRA Guidance, PFML Forms

The US Department of Labor (DOL) issues new additional guidance on return-to-work issues stemming from the First Coronvirus Response Act (FFCRA). These latest DOL rules provide direction for employers in regards to the application of the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) as well as the FFCRA. In addition, the…

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DOL Revises FFCRA Regulations

The Department of Labor (DOL) has published revisions to its regulations on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), Phase II of the COVID-19 economic recovery legislation. As revised, the regulations allow employers to require employees to use employer-provided paid leave (paid time off, vacation, etc.) and expanded family and medical leave concurrently, except in…

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Various States of Emergency

As of this writing, COVID-19 has caused 48 of the 50 United States to declare public emergencies at the state level to some degree or another. Only Oklahoma and West Virginia have yet to make such a declaration. In each of the states, the public emergency declaration gives the governments additional tools, flexibility and power…

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Trump Budget Calls for Paid Family Leave

Following up on the call for it in his State of the Union address earlier this month, President Trump again pushed for paid family leave for all Americans with submission of his FY21 budget proposal to Congress. Trump has called for paid family leave in each of the past three years and has had senior…

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Vermont Upholds Paid Leave Veto, Waits on Wage Hike

Vermont Governor Phil Scott vetoed a bill last Friday that would have mandated paid family and medical leave for all employees in the Green Mountain state but that veto was upheld this week by the Vermont House of Representatives. Despite holding a so-called “supermajority”, the democrat-controlled House fell one vote shy of the 100 needed…

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DC Disclosure Deadlines

Deadlines have arrived for two new mandates that business owners within Washington DC must be aware of. First off, the Washington, D.C. Department of Employment Services (DOES) released a mandatory Paid Family Leave Employee Notice (PFL Notice) last week. The notice, required by the Universal Paid Leave Amendment Act (UPLA) that was enacted in 2016,…

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Paid Leave Mandate Only a Matter of Time

Earlier this week, Congress passed a defense policy bill that also included a mandate for paid family medical leave. Although currently, this particular mandate only applies to the federal workforce, we can fully expect it to be expanded to cover all workers – in both the public and private sectors – in relatively short order.…

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MA Paid Family & Medical Leave effective October 1

Delayed from earlier in the summer, employer obligations under the new Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Law (PFML) will begin in a few weeks on October 1, 2019, when covered employers are required to begin contributions to fund the program. The PFML provides temporary income replacement to eligible workers who welcome a new child…

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