Department of Labor Wants Your Feedback on Proposed FMLA Form Revisions

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Labor (Department) announced they are seeking public feedback on proposed revised versions of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) forms that the Department’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) makes available for use in leave administration. The WHD has proposed revisions to all five FMLA certification forms, as … Continued

Oregon Employers to Make Pregnancy-Related Workplace Accommodations By 2020

Oregon recently enacted the Employer Accommodation for Pregnancy Act, HB2341 (the “Act”), which provides rights and protections to applicants and employees who are pregnant and postpartum. The Act applies only to employers with 6 or more employees – the same coverage threshold as the state’s antidiscrimination provisions protecting disabled individuals. When the Act goes into … Continued

Washington State Issues Paystub Insert for Paid Family & Medical Leave

The Washington State Employment Security Department (ESD) has provided numerous resources, including the Voluntary Plan Guide, Employer Toolkit, and Employer Webinars, to help employers prepare for the upcoming implementation of the Paid Family and Medical Leave program. In anticipation of the January 1, 2019 effective date for premium contributions, the ESD has published an employee … Continued

How to Calculate FMLA During the Holidays

Are you up to speed on how to calculate Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) entitlement during the holiday season? FMLA usage and holiday pay are determined based on several factors, including: U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) FMLA regulations and provisions; your employer’s policies; whether your company is open for business on holidays; and whether … Continued

Washington Paid Family & Medical Leave Employer Toolkit

With the new year right around the corner, the Washington State Employment Security Department (ESD) has published an employer toolkit designed to guide employers as they implement the new Washington State Paid Family and Medical Leave (WA PFL) law, for which certain employer requirements begin January 1, 2019. The toolkit focuses on employer responsibilities and … Continued

The FMLA Turns 24!

Saturday, August 5, 2017 marks the 24th anniversary of the day the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) became effective. Signed by President Bill Clinton on February 5, 1993, and made effective on August 5, 1993, the FMLA provides eligible employees with the right to job-protected unpaid leave for qualifying family and medical reasons. Under … Continued

Maryland and Indiana Take Steps Toward Paid Leave Laws

Consistent with the recent trend we’ve observed of providing employees with paid leave to care for themselves or family members, two more states have leave laws on the verge of enactment. The bills, which await their respective Governor’s signature, demonstrate how different states pursue this path with varying types of mandatory paid leave programs. The … Continued