Part 3: California Leave Legislation: California Kin Care Clarification and Victim Leave Law Amendment

In this third and final part of our series on recent leave legislation changes in California and the expected impact on absence management, we’ll review the state’s recent clarification of kin care law and victim leave laws, including employer notification requirements. Kin Care Clarification California’s Kin Care law (California Labor Code § 233) requires that … Continued

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

Oregon BOLI Adopts New Rules on OFLA Leave to Care for Children During a Public Health Emergency

Effective September 14, 2020, the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) made permanent an administrative rule expanding the Oregon Family Leave Act (OFLA) to allow employees to take leave to care for a child whose school or childcare provider is closed in connection with a statewide public health emergency. Eligible Oregon employees have been … Continued

Tennessee Passes Act Requiring Accommodations for Pregnant Employees and Job Applicants

Tennessee employers with 15 or more employees must 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 states requiring … Continued

Virginia Employers: Prepare to Provide Pregnancy-Related Accommodations

Virginia employers should get ready to provide pregnancy-related accommodations to employees beginning July 1, 2020.  Recently enacted, Virginia Senate Bill 712 amends the Virginia Human Rights Act to require covered employers to make reasonable accommodation to the known limitations of an employee related to pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions, unless the accommodation would impose … Continued

New Mexico Employers Must Provide Reasonable Accommodations Related to Pregnancy and Childbirth

New Mexico’s recently enacted HB 25, known as the Pregnant Worker Accommodation Act, amends the New Mexico Human Rights Act to explicitly prohibit discrimination against workers because of pregnancy, childbirth, or a condition related to pregnancy or childbirth. The law goes into effect on May 20, 2020, which is 90 days after the state legislature … Continued

New Jersey Expands Earned Sick Leave and Temporary Disability Benefits Laws To Clarify Coronavirus-Related Eligibility

On March 25, 2020, the Governor of New Jersey signed into law legislation expanding the state’s existing Earned Sick Leave Law and Temporary Disability Benefits Law, to cover additional leaves of absence necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Generally, the legislation amends the laws to define employee eligibility for paid leave benefits during times when the … Continued