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 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

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

Breaking News Regarding ERISA’s Disability Claims Handling Procedure Regulations

ReedGroup informed you in December of changes to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act’s (ERISA’s) regulations impacting disability benefits. On July 20th, the Trump administration announced that these regulations are part of the Spring 2017 Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions. These regulations are now on review for “law and policy” to determine … Continued

New York Paid Family Leave Regulations Are Finally Final

On Wednesday July 19, New York adopted final Paid Family Leave law (NY PFL) regulations, which take effect immediately. As a reminder, beginning January 1, 2018, private employers must provide eight weeks of benefits at a 50% salary rate, with increased benefits over the next four years, for the leave reasons described below. The period … Continued

Maryland and Indiana Take Steps Toward Paid Leave Laws

Consistent with the recent trend we’ve observed of providing employees with paid leave to care for themselves or family members, two more states have leave laws on the verge of enactment. The bills, which await their respective Governor’s signature, demonstrate how different states pursue this path with varying types of mandatory paid leave programs. The … Continued