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

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

As Businesses Reopen, the DOL Continues to Update FFCRA Q&As

On July 17, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued additional Q&As related to COVID-19.  Though employers are probably exhausted by these updates, the Q&As provide guidance that will help businesses stay compliant during the pandemic.  This blog summarizes the new Q&As, which are numbered 94 through 97, but we recommend that employers and their human … Continued

Puerto Rico Enacts Paid Leave for COVID-19 Illness or Exposure

Non-exempt employees in Puerto Rico are entitled to five working days of paid leave if they become infected or are suspected of being infected with COVID-19. Effective immediately upon its April 9, 2020 enactment, the new leave provision amends the Puerto Rico Minimum Salary, Vacation and Sick Leave Act, Act 180-1998, which excludes employees classified … Continued

Serving Our Country: Military Deployments May Trigger Leave Requests

Recent military deployments to the Middle East may result in employers seeing an increase in military-related leave requests.  When managing leave of absence requests from members of the military, employers have two statutory provisions to consider.  The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act ((USERRA).  Both laws provide job … Continued

February 1 – Reminder: Action Required for Washington D.C. Paid Family and Medical Leave

As the industry continues to plan for the implementation of Washington D.C. Paid Family and Medical Leave in July, ReedGroup reminds you to take action where required beginning February 1st. Although benefits will not become available until July 1, 2020, employers or their designee must provide the district’s required notice beginning February 1, 2020 to … Continued