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

Colorado Governor Jared Polis signed the Healthy Families and Workplaces Act. Here’s What the HFWA Means for Employers

Between July 15, 2020 and December 31, 2020, Colorado’s new Healthy Families and Workplace Act (“HFWA”) requires all employers to provide up to 80 hours of paid sick leave to employees for reasons related to COVID-19 (e.g., having COVID-19 symptoms and seeking a diagnosis, being subject to a quarantine or isolation order, caring for someone … 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

Re-Open The Office, Or Virtual Forever?

2020 was the year that employers finally told their people, some for the first time: yes, you can work from home today. Some had no choice, due to executive orders closing non-essential businesses; others opted to make the move to virtual of their own volition, spurred by fears that their employees would contract COVID-19 at … Continued

Tennessee Passes Act Requiring Accommodations for Pregnant Employees and Job Applicants

Tennessee employers with 15 or more employees should prepare to provide reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees who have medical needs arising from pregnancy or childbirth, unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship. Governor Lee signed the supporting legislation, the Tennessee Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, on June 22, 2020, joining more than twenty-five other … Continued

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

On this week’s episode, Sue and James discuss what leave benefits your employees who were previously furloughed are entitled to when they come back to work after coronavirus closures are lifted. Transcript: James:  Welcome to our Podcast. I’m your host, James Venable, and I’m the Vice President of Compliance and Employment Law for Reed Group, … Continued