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

Sick Leave Updates at the Local Level

Spring brings with it several developments in sick leave laws as Georgia and Arizona pass new legislation, plus Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Cook County get in the mix with new proposed regulations interpreting their sick leave laws: On May 8, the Governor of Georgia signed a new Georgia Kin Care law, Senate Bill 201.  The … Continued

Vermont Passes Bill to Require Accommodations for Pregnant Employees

On May 4, the Governor of Vermont signed into law Vermont House Bill 136, a bill requiring employers to provide accommodations for individuals suffering from pregnancy–related conditions. The effective date is January 1, 2018. While the law does not specifically provide a leave of absence, it does require an employer to provide reasonable accommodations. Employers … Continued

How to Calculate FMLA During the Holidays

Are you up to speed on how to calculate Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) entitlement during the holiday season? FMLA usage and holiday pay are determined based on several factors, including: U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) FMLA regulations and provisions; your employer’s policies; whether your company is open for business on holidays; and whether … Continued

Reed Group’s LeavePro™ Software Now Available Direct to Employers

Absence Management Software is Built on Deep, Industry-Leading Expertise Managing the ever-more complex web of FMLA, disability and other regulated leaves is a huge headache for today’s employers. Fearing noncompliance, many over-approve leaves, wasting money and hurting productivity. Others mistakenly deny leaves, running the risk of multi-million dollar legal action. To help organizations solve this … Continued

Cat’s Paw Strikes Employer’s Defenses in USERRA and FMLA Cases

by Martha J. Cardi, Reed Group Chief Compliance Officer The “cat’s paw” theory of employer liability in employment cases has made headlines following the recent U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Staub v. Proctor Hospital on March 1, 2011. Now, a federal court has also applied the cat’s paw theory to employees’ claims of employer interference … Continued

Reed Group Launches Leave of Absence Advisor

Newest Addition to MDGuidelines™ Return-to-Work Toolkit Helps Users Navigate FMLA, State FML and Other Leave Laws With a myriad of overlapping leave laws and potential million-dollar claim disputes, it’s no wonder eight out of 10 employers cite leave law administration as their most difficult HR activity. To help organizations cope with this growing complexity, Reed Group® … Continued