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

The Intersection of FFCRA Leave, PTO, and Other Leaves

The Intersection of FFCRA Leave, PTO, and Other Leaves Employers and employees alike are struggling to understand which leaves and time-off benefits may be used for COVID-19 related reasons. For employers who are subject to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), many questions continue to crop up. For example, may employees use their company-provided … Continued

Puerto Rico Enacts Paid Leave for COVID-19 Illness or Exposure

Non-exempt employees in Puerto Rico are entitled to five working days of paid leave if they become infected or are suspected of being infected with COVID-19. Effective immediately upon its April 9, 2020 enactment, the new leave provision amends the Puerto Rico Minimum Salary, Vacation and Sick Leave Act, Act 180-1998, which excludes employees classified … Continued

New EEOC Guidance on ADA Reasonable Accommodations During COVID-19 Pandemic

Grappling with reasonable accommodation requests from disabled employees can be difficult, even without layering COVID-19 related concerns on top of the process. To help employers stay compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently issued new Q&As regarding how to address the interactive process during the COVID-19 pandemic. … Continued