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

More Changes for Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave

Based on feedback that the Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave (DFML) received from key stakeholders and industry participants, it has changed some upcoming deadlines. Specifically, the workplace notification and private plan exemption deadlines have been pushed back. Poster and Notice Requirements As we wrote about in a recent blog post, covered employers must … Continued

New Jersey’s Family Leave Insurance Poster Updated

The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development issued an updated Family Leave Insurance poster to reflect recent amendments made to the state’s leave laws. As described in our blog post on the New Jersey amendments, significant changes were implemented, including but not limited to: Expansion of the definition of covered family members for … Continued

Kentucky’s New Pregnancy Accommodation Law: What Employers Need to Know

Get ready to engage in an interactive process with your pregnant employees in Kentucky! The recently enacted Kentucky Pregnant Workers Act requires covered employers to make reasonable accommodations related to pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions absent an undue hardship. Reasonable Accommodations The Pregnant Workers Act amends the Kentucky Civil Rights Act, which already prohibits … Continued

Massachusetts PFML Notices Must Be Provided by May 31, 2019

On April 17, 2019, the Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave (Department) released its required workplace poster and employee notices to inform employees about their rights and responsibilities under the Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Act (MA PFML). Workplace PFML Poster The poster includes key implementation dates to inform employees that payroll deductions … Continued

6 Tips for Minimizing FMLA Abuse

A significant challenge in managing leaves of absence under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is controlling employee abuse or misuse of leave rights. To be clear, eligible employees are entitled to receive the time off and job protections afforded by the FMLA without interference or retaliation by their employer. However, when potentially suspicious … Continued