Paid Family Medical Leave

More states are adopting Paid Family and Medical Leave programs, both mandatory and voluntary. The Oregon Family and Medical Leave Program takes effect on New Years Day and requires employers in the Beaver State to withhold and remit contributions to the program beginning as of that date. All employers regardless of the number of employees…

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COVID 2.0 Obligations

No, it’s not another pandemic, but these changes will still cost small business owners. Both Colorado and Oregon have expanded leave obligations for employers in the event of a public health emergency (PHE), which now can include RSV, the flu and other respiratory illnesses. The Colorado Healthy Families and Workplaces Act requires employers to provide…

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Protecting Employee Absences

In one of her first acts after being elected in her own right by the voters of New York, Governor Kathy Hochul signed SB 1958 into law prohibiting an employer from penalizing an employee for any absence that is protected by federal, state or local law. The legislation, which takes effect on February 19, 2023,…

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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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