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

More DOL Q&As: Clarifying the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

More DOL Q&As: Clarifying the Families First Coronavirus Response Act Another day, another group of Q&As from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)! In recent days, the DOL published 20 new Q&As regarding employee benefits and employer obligations under the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act). As we’ve written previously, the FFCRA … Continued

Washington State Amends its Paid Family and Medical Leave Law

On March 25, 2020, Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed into law HB 2614 amending the Washington Paid Family and Medical Leave (WA PFML) law. These amendments are not COVID-19 related, but instead offer some clarifications and add new provisions to the existing WA PFML law. Highlights of the Significant WA PFML Changes Effective date: June … Continued

Serving Our Country: Military Deployments May Trigger Leave Requests

Recent military deployments to the Middle East may result in employers seeing an increase in military-related leave requests.  When managing leave of absence requests from members of the military, employers have two statutory provisions to consider.  The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act ((USERRA).  Both laws provide job … Continued

Washington Paid Family and Medical Leave Poster and Notice Available

The Washington Employment Security Department (ESD) made available its Paid Family & Medical Leave (PFML) poster and employer notice to employees. By January 1, 2020, employers with employees working in Washington must post the mandatory PFML poster in a conspicuous place in their Washington worksites. Employers also must provide the notice to employees who may … Continued

Reasonable Accommodations Available to NY Domestic Violence Victims Starting November 18, 2019

Victims of domestic violence gained additional employment protections under a new law recently signed by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. Effective November 18, 2019, NY Senate Bill 1040 offers reasonable accommodations to victims when needing time off of work as well as protection from discrimination. Covered Victims of Domestic Violence A “victim of domestic violence” … Continued

Top 5 Tips for Understanding New Paid Leave Laws

New paid leave laws keep coming! Just when you think you’ve mastered the existing laws, a new one is enacted and you have to review your policies and practices all over again. To help ease the burden, here are our top five tips for keeping abreast of the new paid leave landscape. Tip #1: New … Continued