Tale of Two States

With apologies to Charles Dickens, our tale of two states is quite a bit different from the Dickens classic by a somewhat similar name. Earlier this month, the departments of two separate states, Oregon and Washington, jointly announced a new guidance that would govern paid family leave in both Pacific Northwest states. In a joint…

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New DC Employer Obligations

Beginning on October 1, a number of changes will take effect with the DC Universal Paid Leave program which employers must be aware of. Among the changes which were adopted in July, the maximum duration of paid leave benefits is increased to 12 workweeks for qualifying parental leave (up from 8 weeks), increased to 12…

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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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Employee COVID Protections Expand?

Despite the decreasing rates of COVID infections nationally, some states and locales are expanding the employee protections and benefits that were initially put in place because of the coronavirus pandemic. Primary amongst these dictates is the reimposition of COVID-19 emergency paid sick leave. For the third time, the city of Philadelphia has imposed a special…

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California Oks New COVID Paid Sick Leave

Notwithstanding increased vaccination rates and greatly reduced COVID infections, California continues to swim upstream as relates helping businesses recover from pandemic restrictions and survive the challenging economy.  Early this week, the California legislature caved in to union leader demands and passed legislation mandating that businesses with 26 or more employees provide workers with up to…

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New York Expands Paid Leave Law

Under new governor Kathy Hochul, who took over in the Empire State upon the resignation of her predecessor Andrew Cuomo for sexual harassment, New York continues to tighten requirements on businesses. Last week, we advised that New York had extended the COVID designation as a communicable disease thereby extending the state’s HERO Act provisions. This…

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And Still, More Minimum Wage

Speaking of unions and SEIU, their push for a $15 minimum wage across the country continues, notwithstanding the ongoing labor shortage and the electoral shellacking many progressive generally received in Tuesday’s elections. Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has repeatedly called to raise the state minimum wage (currently $7.25/hour) every year since he was elected in 2014.…

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Paid Leave, Pregnancy, Wage Theft, +

Passed as part of the 2023 state budget, New Hampshire now has a paid sick leave program with the state paying the premium for state employees while private employers and employees may opt-in, at a price. Under the plan, which will pay benefits up to 60 percent of an employee’s wages for up to six…

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Chicago Wage Theft & Illinois Sick Leave

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has filed a set of ordinances with the City Council, that would dramatically change the landscape for businesses within the Windy City. The Mayor’s package, which she has dubbed the “Chi Biz Strong Initiative”, defines a business as guilty of wage theft if it fails to timely pay a covered employee…

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MA Mandates Emergency Paid Sick Leave

Last week, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed into law a bill that grants employees up to 40 hours of emergency paid sick leave (EPSL) for COVID-related illness, quarantine and vaccinations. Effective immediately upon signing through September 30, 2021 or until program funds expire, the new law (H.3702) entitles employees to the additional leave for an…

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