2021 New York PFL Benefit and Contribution Rates – Up From 2020

On September 1, 2020, the New York Department of Financial Services (NY DFS) published the 2021 New York Paid Family Leave (NY PFL) benefit and contribution rates. Although we knew that the benefit amounts would increase, the premium rate for employee contributions will almost double beginning January 1, 2021. Here are the highlights of the … Continued

New FMLA Forms Have Arrived!

With little fanfare, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published revised model notices and forms for use with administering Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave requests. On July 16, 2020, the DOL posted the revised forms on its FMLA webpage. As we reported last August, the DOL sought public feedback on proposed changes to … Continued

FFCRA: Summer Program Closures May Trigger Leave Benefits

School work is done for this academic year and kids are moping around, bored because their summer camp plans were cancelled due to COVID-19. Are employees able to take leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) to care for their kids because their summer programs have been cancelled? Which programs qualify and what … Continued

California Paid Family Leave Entitlement Increase

Happy July 1 – the effective date for an additional two weeks of California Paid Family Leave (CA PFL)! As most of you will know, the CA PFL benefit entitlement has increased from six to eight weeks (as we wrote about here). Importantly, the additional two weeks of CA PFL entitlement applies only to claims/leaves that begin on … Continued

How FFCRA Leave, PTO, and other Leave Laws Intersect

Employers and their employees are struggling to understand how new FFCRA leaves affect existing leave benefits. Join James and Sue as they break down how current leave laws intersect. Transcript:  James: Welcome to our Podcast. I’m your host, James Venable, Vice President of Compliance and Employment Law for Reed Group, a Guardian company. Joining me … Continued