California Leave Legislation: Supplemental Paid Sick Leave, California Family Rights Acts Amendments, New Parent Leave Act Repeal, Oh My!

At the eleventh hour, the California legislature, poised to adjourn for final recess on August 31, passed multiple leave-related bills with big absence management implications for California employers. In this three-part blog, we first explore the new statewide paid sick leave mandate that requires emergency paid leave be provided to many California employees who fall … Continued

When Your Team Is Still Working Remotely

As the COVID-19 pandemic lingers, many companies are extending remote work for their employees who were able to perform their jobs from a home office. Expanding remote work has been a highly effective strategy for employers seeking to keep their employees safe while continuing to operate their business. Working from home can present challenges for … Continued

The Department of Labor Reaffirms and Clarifies Provisions of its FFCRA Rule Invalidated by Federal District Court in New York

When the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York invalidated several provisions of the Department of Labor’s (“DOL’s”) FFCRA regulations last month, many employers were left wondering whether to change their policies in response to the decision.  Meanwhile, the legal community debated the geographical scope of the ruling’s impact and wondered how … Continued

COVID-19 Update: DOL’s New Guidance on FFCRA School Closure Leaves

New DOL Guidance for FFCRA Leaves On Re-Opening Schools With schools reopening across the country, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued three new FAQs that clarify certain school closure scenarios under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The new FAQs, numbered 98-100, specifically limit FFCRA benefits to those instances when a child’s … Continued

COVID-19: A Pandemic of Teachable Moments

COVID-19 has taken us all on a crash course in infection control and personal planning considerations that range from learning how to thrive amidst an invisible threat to practicing greater compassion for each other. The curriculum this fall includes a mandatory new course requirement, in which earning a passing grade is a must. The subject? … Continued

As Businesses Reopen, the DOL Continues to Update FFCRA Q&As

On July 17, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued additional Q&As related to COVID-19.  Though employers are probably exhausted by these updates, the Q&As provide guidance that will help businesses stay compliant during the pandemic.  This blog summarizes the new Q&As, which are numbered 94 through 97, but we recommend that employers and their human … Continued

Federal Court Invalidates Multiple Provisions of DOL FFCRA Rule

In an August 3, 2020 Opinion and Order, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York invalidated multiple provisions of the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Final Rule implementing the leave-related requirements of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The federal judge ruled that numerous provisions in the rule were unlawful … Continued