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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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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New Mexico Enacts Paid Sick Leave

Following the lead of a host of other states along with a growing list of counties and cities, the “Land of Enchantment” last week became the latest state to enact a broad statewide paid leave mandate on private employers. The New Mexico Healthy Workplaces Act (HWA) was signed into law by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham…

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COVID Sick Leave Reinstated, Extended

As we (hopefully) get closer to putting the pandemic behind us, some states and cities just continue to expand coronavirus emergency measures impacting businesses. A tale of 2 cities – or more accurately, one city and one state – when it comes to expiration of the COVID-19 specific sick leave that was mandated at the…

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Paid and Supplemental Sick Leave

Despite our getting closer to a complete reopening of the economy in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, some employers around the country are still being saddled with additional mandates and dictates from their own state governments. One glaring example comes from the state of New Mexico, where the state senate last week passed a…

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New York Mandates Paid Vaccine Leave

Notwithstanding the struggles that many, if not most, small businesses have undergone during the coronavirus pandemic, New York is piling on with its latest mandate – the third paid leave mandate in a year – this time, paid vaccination leave for their employees. The embattled New York governor, accused of sexual harassment by seven women…

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With ‘Help’ Like This . . .

In New York, which accounts for the 2nd highest coronavirus death rate in the country at 225 deaths per 100,000 residents, even while dramatically underreporting COVID nursing home deaths, the state Department of Labor last week issued guidance ordering that if an employer requires an employee to stay home for fear that the employee has…

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Another Look at the Calendar

As this is the last Small Regular No Sugar before the New Year, we want to again remind you to be aware that many laws and business requirements will change with the turn of the calendar. Toward that end, be aware that a number of changes will occur in California employment law on January 1,…

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