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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Paid Leave Mandates Start January 1

The state of Maine on January 1 becomes the first state in the nation to mandate that employees be provided with general purpose paid time off – available for the employee to use for any reason whatsoever. The law provides that employers with more than 10 employees must provide their workers with 40 hours of…

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Rocky Mountain High

Colorado voters had several issues before them in this year’s election that will have an impact on small business interests in the Rocky Mountain State. First, voters made Colorado the 9th state in the nation to adopt a Paid Family and Medical Leave Law when they approved Proposition 118 which creates a state-run insurance program…

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Notify State of Leave Administrator Information

An important deadline arrives next week for those employers in Massachusetts covered by the state’s Paid Family Leave Law. The state’s new Department of Family and Medical Leave (DFML) requires that employers provide updated contact information on their company’s ‘leave administrator’ by next Wednesday, October 14. Payroll deductions to fund the benefit were to have…

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States, Cities Adding Paid Leave

Federal mandates that employers provide paid sick leave and extended family and medical leave during the coronavirus pandemic (FFCRA) is proving insufficient to some states and municipalities around the country. The state of Maine will become the first in the nation to mandate leave that can be used for any reason or no reason when…

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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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