The Coronavirus & Employment

As more news of the coronavirus spreading across the globe is reported, it seems timely to review some of the information available about Covid-19 (the formal name for the virus) and what steps employers should consider taking to protect themselves, their employees and their business to minimize the risk of contagion. In that regard, we…

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New Impetus for $15/hour Minimum Wage

With former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg participating in the Democratic Presidential debate in Nevada this week, his position on issues the democrats have been debating may provide more impetus for their consideration. As a case in point, let’s look at the question of increasing the federal minimum wage (currently $7.25/hour) to $15/hour. Although…

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Trump Budget Calls for Paid Family Leave

Following up on the call for it in his State of the Union address earlier this month, President Trump again pushed for paid family leave for all Americans with submission of his FY21 budget proposal to Congress. Trump has called for paid family leave in each of the past three years and has had senior…

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DC Disclosure Deadlines

Deadlines have arrived for two new mandates that business owners within Washington DC must be aware of. First off, the Washington, D.C. Department of Employment Services (DOES) released a mandatory Paid Family Leave Employee Notice (PFL Notice) last week. The notice, required by the Universal Paid Leave Amendment Act (UPLA) that was enacted in 2016,…

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NY Governor Calls for Paid Leave Mandate

In his 2020 State of the State Address this week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo called for employers in the Empire State to provide paid sick leave benefits for employees. The Governor’s plan would mandate that employers of 5 to 99 workers provide 5 days of paid sick leave annually and those with 100 or…

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New York PFL 2020 Contribution Rate Still Not Set

The 2020 contribution rate for the New York Paid Family Leave (NYPFL) program was scheduled to be set by September 1 (Sunday), but had yet to be announced at press time. The contribution rate, which was 0.153% of an employee’s wages for 2019, is the percentage of an employee’s wages that must be paid into…

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Paid Leave Fights in Court

Liberal local communities continue their push to win and enforce their own paid leave mandates and the fights continue in courts in blue and red states. In Texas, state Attorney General Ken Paxton, who last year convinced the 3rd District Court of Appeals to strike down an Austin paid sick leave ordinance, prevailed again –…

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California Expands Paid Family Leave

File under the heading: Is enough ever enough? Shortly before the July 4 holiday, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed the state budget into law which re-established an individual insurance mandate. What we didn’t know at the time though, was that it also expanded the Golden State Paid Family Leave (PFL) program, effective July, 2020. The…

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Nevada Enacts Trio of Employee Benefit Laws

A little over one week ago, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak signed three separate bills, each of which expand mandates on businesses by way of specific employee benefits. AB 456 provides for annual increases in the state minimum wage until it reaches $11 or $12 per hour in 2024, depending on employee benefits. The current Nevada…

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