Washington Employers Must Provide Accommodations Protecting High-Risk Employees from COVID-19

Washington State Governor Jay Inslee issued Proclamation 20-46 on April 13, 2020, requiring all public and private employers to offer accommodations to high-risk employees to protect them from exposure to COVID-19. The proclamation is effective from April 13, 2020 through June 12, 2020, unless extended by Governor Inslee. The proclamation adopts the Centers for Disease … Continued

U.S. DOL FFCRA Rule Faces Challenges and Q&A Guidance

Update: Our latest post about the DOL’s FFCRA guidance can be found here.   The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) recently released Temporary Rule and Q&A guidance concerning the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) provided much-needed detail for employers and third-party leave administrators grappling with administering the FFCRA’s new paid leave entitlements. However, … Continued

Rhode Island Waives TDI/TCI Waiting Periods and Relaxes Documentation Required for COVID-19 Claims

As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread across the U.S., many state agencies have rallied to increase impacted workers’ access to wage replacement benefits through existing state-administered benefits programs. Some agencies have also revised documentation requirements in recognition of the current limitations on timely access to COVID-19 testing and diagnosis. The Rhode Island Department … Continued

Oregon Amends OFLA to Permit Leave to Care for Children During COVID-19 School Closures

On March 18, 2020, only weeks after the first coronavirus cases were confirmed in Oregon, the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) issued Temporary Administrative Order BLI 4-2020, expanding the Oregon Family Leave Act (OFLA) to allow leave to be used during COVID-19 related school and daycare closures. Specifically, the order amends the definition … Continued

FFCRA Tax Credits: IRS Guidance Imposes New Requirements and Restrictions on Paid Leave

On March 31, 2020, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued new guidance and FAQs for employers seeking COVID-19-related tax credits to offset the cost of providing paid leave under the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The guidance, which includes 66 FAQs, imposes new requirements related to FFCRA leave in order for an employer … Continued

New Mexico Employers Must Provide Reasonable Accommodations Related to Pregnancy and Childbirth

New Mexico’s recently enacted HB 25, known as the Pregnant Worker Accommodation Act, amends the New Mexico Human Rights Act to explicitly prohibit discrimination against workers because of pregnancy, childbirth, or a condition related to pregnancy or childbirth. The law goes into effect on May 20, 2020, which is 90 days after the state legislature … Continued

New Jersey Expands Earned Sick Leave and Temporary Disability Benefits Laws To Clarify Coronavirus-Related Eligibility

On March 25, 2020, the Governor of New Jersey signed into law legislation expanding the state’s existing Earned Sick Leave Law and Temporary Disability Benefits Law, to cover additional leaves of absence necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Generally, the legislation amends the laws to define employee eligibility for paid leave benefits during times when the … Continued