Telecommuting – Is an Employer Required to Allow it?

Telecommuting – working from home – is an option more and more workers are choosing as technology bridges the gap between home and office. Of course, not all roles lend themselves to telecommuting, and not all employers are amenable to it. When it comes to accommodations under the American with Disabilities Act, however, an employer … Continued

California Expands Paid Family Leave to Include Military Exigency

California Senate Bill 1123, which expands the California Paid Family Leave (PFL) program, was signed into law on September 27, 2018, and will take effect on January 1, 2021. The amendment expands the scope of the California PFL program to allow an employee to receive benefits for leave taken for a qualifying exigency related to … Continued

Massachusetts Establishes Paid Family and Medical Leave Website

In July, Massachusetts signed into law the Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave (MA PFML) program. Benefits through the program begin on January 1, 2021, while deductions to fund the program begin July 1, 2019. The new enforcing state agency, the Department of Family and Medical Leave (DFML), has established a website that will provide … Continued

New Jersey Governor Conditionally Vetoes Three Bills

Last month, we updated you on the status of summer legislative activities, including three pending bills in New Jersey. Governor Phil Murphy has issued conditional vetoes for all three, citing concerns about the infrastructure to support them. In New Jersey, a conditional veto is one in which the Governor objects to parts of a bill … Continued

The Department of Labor Voices its Opinion (Letters)!

The Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the Department of Labor (DOL) made news Tuesday when it issued two new Opinion Letters addressing sticky Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) issues that can vex employers: Organ Donation and the FMLA: In Opinion Letter FMLA2018-2-A, the employer sought information on whether organ donation surgery can qualify … Continued