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Oregon Declares the End of the Public Health Emergency

As spring began to blossom in the Pacific Northwest, COVID-19 case numbers and hospitalizations began to decrease in Oregon. Prompted by the decline in COVID-19 numbers, Oregon’s Governor, Kate Brown, announced that she will rescind her statewide COVID-19 emergency declaration. Governor Brown’s Executive Order 21-36 originally extended the current declaration of a public health emergency … Continued

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New Jersey’s Family Leave Insurance Poster Updated

The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development issued an updated Family Leave Insurance poster to reflect recent amendments made to the state’s leave laws. As described in our blog post on the New Jersey amendments, significant changes were implemented, including but not limited to: Expansion of the definition of covered family members for … Continued

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Massachusetts Passes Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

On July 27, 2017, the Governor of Massachusetts signed Massachusetts House Bill 3680, a pregnancy accommodation law (referred to here as the “Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act”). Effective April 1, 2018 , the law adds protection for employees experiencing pregnancy or related health conditions. Employee Eligibility: All employees are eligible. Covered Employers: All employers with 6 or more … Continued

Crossing The Finish Line: New York PFL Final Regulations

On Wednesday, July 19, New York adopted final Paid Family Leave law (NY PFL) regulations, which take effect immediately. Beginning January 1, 2018, NY PFL will provide eight weeks of benefits at 50% salary rate, with increased benefits over the next four years, to employees who need to miss work: to care for a family … Continued

Hawaii Adds Sibling Coverage to its Family Leave Law

On July 10, the Governor of Hawaii signed House Bill 213, which expands the existing Hawaii Family Leave Law. The new law, effective immediately, adds siblings to the list of covered family members with a serious health condition for whom an employee may take leave to provide care. No other substantive changes were made to … Continued

Connecticut Expands its Protections for Pregnant Employees

On July 6, the Governor of Connecticut signed House Bill 6668, a law amending the Connecticut Pregnancy Disability law. The new law, effective October 1, 2017, provides additional protections for employees experiencing pregnancy, childbirth, or a related condition. The existing law requires an employer to grant a reasonable leave of absence for disabilities resulting from … Continued

New Resources: FMLA and Mental Health

Reed Group’s Chief Compliance Officer, Marti Cardi, was a lead speaker at the opening sessions of the 2013 Annual conference for the Disability Management Employer Coalition in Atlanta last week.  The conference focused this year on mental and behavioral health issues.  Keynote speaker Rosalynn Carter addressed the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act and … Continued

New Case Interpretation Purports to Expand Employee Coverage Under Connecticut FMLA

In a case of first impression, a Connecticut Superior Court has held that Connecticut’s Family and Medical Leave Act (“CFMLA”) applies to Connecticut employers with 75 or more employees anywhere in the nation, not just in Connecticut. The court ruled that in determining whether an employer satisfies the CFMLA’s 75-employee threshold, the Department of Labor … Continued