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Paid Family & Medical Leave Update: What Employers Need to Know in 2022

Like tulips and daffodils, this spring brought leave absence activity popping up across the country, plenty of which was related to Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) programs. As a refresher, there are 10 states with established or upcoming PFML programs, including California, Colorado (benefits payable beginning in 2024), Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire (benefits payable beginning in 2023), New … Continued

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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

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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

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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

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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

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California Paid Family Leave Entitlement Increase

Happy July 1 – the effective date for an additional two weeks of California Paid Family Leave (CA PFL)! As most of you will know, the CA PFL benefit entitlement has increased from six to eight weeks (as we wrote about here). Importantly, the additional two weeks of CA PFL entitlement applies only to claims/leaves that begin on … Continued

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Rhode Island Waives TDI/TCI Waiting Periods and Relaxes Documentation Required for COVID-19 Claims

As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread across the U.S., many state agencies have rallied to increase impacted workers’ access to wage replacement benefits through existing state-administered benefits programs. Some agencies have also revised documentation requirements in recognition of the current limitations on timely access to COVID-19 testing and diagnosis. The Rhode Island Department … Continued