California Leave Legislation: Supplemental Paid Sick Leave, California Family Rights Acts Amendments, New Parent Leave Act Repeal, Oh My!

At the eleventh hour, the California legislature, poised to adjourn for final recess on August 31, passed multiple leave-related bills with big absence management implications for California employers. In this three-part blog, we first explore the new statewide paid sick leave mandate that requires emergency paid leave be provided to many California employees who fall … Continued

Oregon BOLI Adopts New Rules on OFLA Leave to Care for Children During a Public Health Emergency

Effective September 14, 2020, the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) made permanent an administrative rule expanding the Oregon Family Leave Act (OFLA) to allow employees to take leave to care for a child whose school or childcare provider is closed in connection with a statewide public health emergency. Eligible Oregon employees have been … Continued

Tennessee Passes Act Requiring Accommodations for Pregnant Employees and Job Applicants

Tennessee employers with 15 or more employees must provide reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees who have medical needs arising from pregnancy or childbirth, unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship. Governor Lee signed the supporting legislation, the Tennessee Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, on June 22, 2020, joining more than twenty-five other states requiring … Continued

Return to the Office…? Part 2: CDC Publishes Return to Work Guidance on “High Risk” Employees

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has provided return-to-work guidance for employers with workers at high risk of severe illness if they contract COVID-19. This includes, but is not limited to, workers with chronic lung disease, asthma, hypertension, severe heart conditions, weakened immunity, severe obesity, diabetes, liver disease, and chronic kidney disease. The … Continued

Virginia Employers: Prepare to Provide Pregnancy-Related Accommodations

Virginia employers should get ready to provide pregnancy-related accommodations to employees beginning July 1, 2020.  Recently enacted, Virginia Senate Bill 712 amends the Virginia Human Rights Act to require covered employers to make reasonable accommodation to the known limitations of an employee related to pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions, unless the accommodation would impose … Continued