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DOL’s EBSA Issues Update on Emergency ERISA Deadline Extensions

The Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Department (EBSA) has published EBSA Disaster Relief Notice 2021-01, which provides updated guidance regarding Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) disability claim timelines. History Last spring, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Departments of Labor and Treasury published guidance extending certain timeframes under ERISA and the Internal … Continued

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American Rescue Plan Aims to Resuscitate FFCRA Emergency Paid Leave Mandate

President Biden has unveiled his proposed framework for additional federal COVID-19 relief legislation, named the “American Rescue Plan.” The American Rescue Plan touches many topics including but not limited to a national COVID-19 vaccination effort, another round of direct stimulus payments, federal workplace safety and health standards, and extension of certain unemployment benefits. Most significantly … Continued

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DOL Solidifies Position That Telemedicine Appointments Qualify as In-Person Visits Under FMLA

On December 29, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published a Field Assistance Bulletin solidifying its position that telemedicine visits qualify as “in-person visits” for the purpose of establishing a serious health condition under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Under the FMLA, one way to establish the existence of a serious health … Continued

California Paid Sick Leave

California Leave Legislation: Supplemental Paid Sick Leave, California Family Rights Acts Amendments, New Parent Leave Act Repeal, Oh My!

At the eleventh hour, the California legislature, poised to adjourn for final recess on August 31, passed multiple leave-related bills with big absence management implications for California employers. In this three-part blog, we first explore the new statewide paid sick leave mandate that requires emergency paid leave be provided to many California employees who fall … Continued

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When Your Team Is Still Working Remotely

As the COVID-19 pandemic lingers, many companies are extending remote work for their employees who were able to perform their jobs from a home office. Expanding remote work has been a highly effective strategy for employers seeking to keep their employees safe while continuing to operate their business. Working from home can present challenges for … Continued

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The Department of Labor Reaffirms and Clarifies Provisions of its FFCRA Rule Invalidated by Federal District Court in New York

When the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York invalidated several provisions of the Department of Labor’s (“DOL’s”) FFCRA regulations last month, many employers were left wondering whether to change their policies in response to the decision.  Meanwhile, the legal community debated the geographical scope of the ruling’s impact and wondered how … Continued

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COVID-19 Update: DOL’s New Guidance on FFCRA School Closure Leaves

New DOL Guidance for FFCRA Leaves On Re-Opening Schools With schools reopening across the country, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued three new FAQs that clarify certain school closure scenarios under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The new FAQs, numbered 98-100, specifically limit FFCRA benefits to those instances when a child’s … Continued