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

New York Paid Sick Leave Law Takes Effect September 30, 2020

On September 30, 2020, many New York employees will begin accruing leave under New York state’s new paid sick leave law. Enacted in April as part of a state budget bill (S7506B), the new law applies to all employers in New York regardless of size and is important to understand in the context of absence … Continued

How FFCRA Leave, PTO, and other Leave Laws Intersect

Employers and their employees are struggling to understand how new FFCRA leaves affect existing leave benefits. Join James and Sue as they break down how current leave laws intersect. Transcript:  James: Welcome to our Podcast. I’m your host, James Venable, Vice President of Compliance and Employment Law for Reed Group, a Guardian company. Joining me … 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

Washington Paid Family and Medical Leave Poster and Notice Available

The Washington Employment Security Department (ESD) made available its Paid Family & Medical Leave (PFML) poster and employer notice to employees. By January 1, 2020, employers with employees working in Washington must post the mandatory PFML poster in a conspicuous place in their Washington worksites. Employers also must provide the notice to employees who may … Continued