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

How FFCRA Leave, PTO, and other Leave Laws Intersect

Transcript:  Welcome to our Podcast. I’m your host, James Venable, Vice President of Compliance and Employment Law for Reed Group, a Guardian company. Joining me on the podcast is Sue Woods, Senior Compliance Counsel at Reed Group. We offer these podcasts to provide business owners with quick, easy to understand information about COVID-19 and how … Continued

Open for Business: What Leave Benefits are Furloughed Employees Entitled to When They Return to Work?

Transcript: Welcome to our Podcast. I’m your host, James Venable, and I’m the Vice President of Compliance and Employment Law for Reed Group, a Guardian company. Joining me on the podcast is Sue Woods, Senior Compliance Counsel at Reed Group. James:  These podcasts are designed to provide quick, easy to understand information about COVID-19 and … Continued

Return to the Office…? Part 2: CDC Publishes Return to Work Guidance on “High Risk” Employees

Return to the Office…? Part 2: CDC Publishes Return to Work Guidance on “High Risk” Employees The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released return-to-work guidance for employers with workers at high risk of severe illness if they contract COVID-19. This includes, but is not limited to, workers with chronic lung disease, asthma, … 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

Return To the Office…? Part 1: The EEOC Issues Additional Guidance for High Risk Employees 

Return To the Office…? Part 1: The EEOC Issues Additional Guidance for High Risk Employees  As some employers begin plans for reopening their workplaces, many have concerns on how to manage employees with preexisting conditions that may make them more susceptible to COVID-19.  A poll taken after one of Reed Group’s recent webinars showed that the top priority for employers was implementing safety measures for employees.  Some of those concerns were addressed on May 7, 2020 when the EEOC … Continued

How the DOL’s New ERISA Rules Affect Employers

In Response to COVID-19 DOL Issues New Rule ERISA Rules, explained by James Venable Esq., SPHR and Sue Woods, Esq. Transcript: Welcome to our Podcast. I’m Sue Woods, and I’m Senior Compliance Counsel at ReedGroup, and I’m here with James Venable, Vice President of Compliance and Employment Law for ReedGroup, a Guardian company. Sue: These … Continued

FFCRA’s Small Business Exemption

Small business owners may be exempt from providing paid leave for certain reasons under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) as explained by James Venable, Esq., SPHR and Sue Woods, Esq. Welcome to our Podcast. I’m your host, James Venable, and I’m the Vice President of Compliance and Employment Law for Reed Group, a … Continued

EEOC’s COVID-19 Guidance

How the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)’s guidance on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) can help you keep your employees safe, explained by James Venable, Esq., SPHR and Sue Woods, Esq. Welcome to our weekly podcast. I’m your host, James Venable. I’m the Vice President of Compliance and Employment Law for ReedGroup, a … Continued