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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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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