District of Columbia Prohibits Insurers from Taking Disability Plan Offsets

On Wednesday, May 26, 2021, emergency legislation (B24-185) went into effect in the District of Columbia (D.C.) that prohibits the offsetting of D.C. paid family leave benefits from insured temporary or short-term disability benefits. The legislation, known as the Short-term Disability Insurance Benefit Protection Emergency Amendment Act of 2021 (“the Act”), became law without the … Continued

Big, Federal Government Changes to Paid Family and Medical Leave Proposed: What’s Next?

Building an Economy for Families Act On Tuesday, April 27, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal released The Building an Economy for Families Act (“the Act”), which includes a comprehensive paid family and medical leave (PFML) program aimed at closing the wage replacement gap so many Americans face when they take a leave … Continued

Connecticut and Massachusetts PFML Reminders & Resources for 2021

Connecticut Registration and Catch-Up Contributions Connecticut once again reminded employers that they must register for the CT Paid Leave (CTPL) program with the Connecticut Paid Leave Authority (the Authority) as soon as possible if they have not already done so. Employers who didn’t register or begin withholding employer contributions timely can still use the catch-up … Continued

Paid Leave Checkup: To Pay or Not to Pay, That Is the Question!

In the ever-changing landscape of mandated paid leave, required minimum wage increases, what is federal leave versus what is state leave, comparing U.S. benefits with international offerings, and the moving target of managing a workforce during a national pandemic…. if you don’t have questions, you likely don’t work in HR. Absence management is a complex … Continued

Washington State Employment Security Department Outlines Plans for 2021 PFML Rulemaking

Rule makers in Washington State are busy preparing for changes in 2021 to rules governing its Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) program that will be of interest to employers. As part of the rulemaking process, Washington Employment Security Department (WAESD) publishes its rulemaking agenda twice yearly. This January, WAESD released its agenda here, which … 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

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