Top 5 Tips for Understanding New Paid Leave Laws

New paid leave laws keep coming! Just when you think you’ve mastered the existing laws, a new one is enacted and you have to review your policies and practices all over again. To help ease the burden, here are our top five tips for keeping abreast of the new paid leave landscape. Tip #1: New … Continued

UPDATE: Massachusetts Delays Paid Family and Medical Leave Withholding and Notification Deadlines

Breaking News! The Baker-Polito administration and Massachusetts legislature enacted promised legislation to delay the start of employee withholdings for contributions to the Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave program (MA PFML) until October 1, 2019. Employers should not begin withholding employee contributions on July 1, as originally scheduled, but instead should begin withholding on October … Continued

More Changes for Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave

Based on feedback that the Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave (DFML) received from key stakeholders and industry participants, it has changed some upcoming deadlines. Specifically, the workplace notification and private plan exemption deadlines have been pushed back. Poster and Notice Requirements As we wrote about in a recent blog post, covered employers must … Continued

New Jersey’s Family Leave Insurance Poster Updated

The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development issued an updated Family Leave Insurance poster to reflect recent amendments made to the state’s leave laws. As described in our blog post on the New Jersey amendments, significant changes were implemented, including but not limited to: Expansion of the definition of covered family members for … Continued

Massachusetts PFML Notices Must Be Provided by May 31, 2019

On April 17, 2019, the Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave (Department) released its required workplace poster and employee notices to inform employees about their rights and responsibilities under the Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Act (MA PFML). Workplace PFML Poster The poster includes key implementation dates to inform employees that payroll deductions … Continued

Washington Paid Leave Deadlines Pushed Back

The Washington Employment Security Department (ESD) has given Washington employers a break on the initial deadlines related to its Paid Family and Medical Leave program (PFML). Instead of an April 30, 2019 deadline, covered employers now have until July 31, 2019 to submit reports and premiums for Q1. PFML Premiums Employers were able to begin … Continued

New Jersey Expands Its Paid Family Leave Insurance Program

On February 19, 2019, New Jersey governor Phil Murphy signed into law significant enhancements to the state’s Family Leave Insurance (NJ FLI) and Temporary Disability (NJ TDB) laws. Here are the highlights of the changes that employers and leave administrators will need to know. NJ FLI Entitlement Doubled Beginning July 1, 2020, eligible employees will be … Continued

Massachusetts Publishes Draft Regulations for Paid Family and Medical Leave

On January 23, 2019, the Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave (Department) provided our first look at its draft regulations for the Commonwealth’s Paid Family and Medical Leave Program (MA PFML). As we’ve previously written, the MA PFML will provide temporary wage replacement to eligible workers when they take medical or family leave for … Continued

Washington State Issues Paystub Insert for Paid Family & Medical Leave

The Washington State Employment Security Department (ESD) has provided numerous resources, including the Voluntary Plan Guide, Employer Toolkit, and Employer Webinars, to help employers prepare for the upcoming implementation of the Paid Family and Medical Leave program. In anticipation of the January 1, 2019 effective date for premium contributions, the ESD has published an employee … Continued