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New Laws for California Employers Effective July 2014

California Paid Family Leave (“PFL”) will be extended to more family members, including seriously ill grandparents, grandchildren, siblings, or parent-in-laws. By July 1, employers must distribute updated PFL pamphlets...more

Safety committee members lose claim that employer retaliated against them

Disciplinary letters issued to three members of a safety “Policy Committee” were not retaliatory under the Canada Labour Code, the Canada Industrial Relations Board has decided. Air Canada issued letters to three...more

Eugene, Oregon Moving Ahead With Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

Following the lead of larger cities like Portland, Seattle, and San Francisco, the City Council of Eugene, Oregon is moving ahead with plans for a mandatory sick leave ordinance. Following the presentation of a 70-page Task...more

Ninth Circuit Approves Employees' Right to Strategically Decline FMLA Leave In Escriba v. Foster Poultry Farms

Under the Ninth Circuit’s recent holding in Escriba v. Foster Poultry Farms, Inc., 743 F.3d 1236 (9th Cir. 2014), many employees now have greater flexibility to extend family and medical leave beyond the typical 12-week limit...more

Act Now Advisory: Reminder: Newark's Paid Sick Leave Ordinance Took Effect on Saturday, June 21

On June 21, 2014, the Newark, New Jersey, paid sick leave ordinance ("Ordinance") took effect. The Ordinance, which we summarized in a previous Act Now Advisory, imposes notice and posting requirements on employers....more

Newark’s Paid Sick Leave Ordinance Takes Effect

Employers in New Jersey’s largest city must prepare to comply with the new obligations required by the Ordinance. The City of Newark’s paid sick leave ordinance (the Ordinance) will take effect on June 21, 2014....more

Obama Administration Announces Proposed Rule Extending FMLA Leave Rights for Same-Sex Couples

President Obama plans to announce today a proposed rule that would allow an employee to take FMLA leave to care for a same-sex spouse, regardless of whether the employee lives in a state that recognizes their marital status. ...more

Connecticut Employer Alert: Changes to Paid Sick Leave Requirements Effective January 1, 2015

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy recently signed a new law that amends Connecticut’s Paid Sick Leave Statute. Connecticut was the first state to mandate paid sick leave policies for service workers back in January 2012. The...more

Newark Sick Leave Law Update

The Newark Department of Child and Family Well-Being (Department) recently issued a press release on the City's new paid sick leave ordinance (Ordinance) together with FAQ forms for employees and employers. In the release,...more

Connecticut Amends Paid Sick Leave Statute to Provide Some Employer-Friendly Changes

Connecticut recently made several important revisions to its paid sick leave law in response to requests by businesses for clarification of the law’s requirements. On June 6, 2014, Governor Dannel P. Malloy signed into law...more

Newark’s Paid Sick Leave Ordinance to Take Effect on June 21, 2014

As we previously posted on March 20, 2014, the City of Newark, New Jersey passed a paid sick leave ordinance (the “Ordinance”), which requires private employers to provide paid sick leave to employees who work at least 80...more

Tenth Circuit Upholds Employer’s Inflexible Leave Policy

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) guidance provides that employers violate the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by enforcing inflexible policies with specified leave limits. The EEOC has filed lawsuits...more

Connecticut Legislature Makes Changes to Connecticut Paid Sick Leave Law

In its most recent legislative session, the Connecticut General Assembly passed a bill that enacted a number of changes to the law commonly referred to as the Connecticut Paid Sick Leave Law, which originally went into effect...more

Extended Leave Not a Reasonable Accommodation under the Rehabilitation Act, 10th Circuit Holds

A recent appellate court ruling may affect the ability of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to challenge "inflexible" employer leave policies, policies that result in the termination of employees who are...more

Are Inflexible Leave Policies Lawful After All? One Court Leaves Employers Salivating

When it comes to leave as a reasonable accommodation after FMLA leave is exhausted, employers have been conditioned to simply believe: inflexible leave policies bad, flexible leave policies good. ...more

Managing Employee Medical Leave: How Much Leave Is Reasonable?

To date, there are few bright line rules to guide employers in determining how much leave is reasonable under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Further, employers sometimes mistakenly assume that if an employee has...more

50 for 50: Five Decades of the Most Important Discrimination Law Developments - Number 12: The FMLA Becomes Law In 1993

Just over twenty years ago, employees who needed to take time off work for an extended period to tend to their own or family members’ health had no national law guaranteeing they could take a leave of absence with the comfort...more

It’s Catching: Is the Spread of Paid Sick Leave Laws Making Employers Ill?

As winter has turned to spring, and flu season has turned to allergy season, have your employees been accruing government-mandated paid sick leave? They might be if they happen to work in New York City (NYC), Newark, or...more

What you need to know about the continuing trend to regulate employers at the local level

The increasing regulation of private-sector employers at the city, county, and local regional agency level is a significant continuing trend. Many state and federal employment laws expressly allow or don’t expressly preempt...more

Paid Parental Leave - Government Confirms Commitment TO PPL Changes From 1 July 2015

On 13 May 2014 the Federal Government confirmed its election promise made in May 2013 to introduce a new paid parental leave (PPL) scheme from 1 July 2015. However, the much publicised income threshold for maximum...more

Minnesota's New Women's Economic Security Act Becomes Law - Employers Need To Take Note As Some Provisions Are Effective...

On Mother’s Day, May 11, 2014, Governor Dayton signed Minnesota’s new Women’s Economic Security Act into law. Employers should take note of the following provisions, some of which are effective immediately...more

Amendements to Connecticut’s Paid Sick Leave Law

Important amendments to the Connecticut Paid Sick Leave Act were included in this year’s legislation passed by the Legislature and expected to be signed by Governor Malloy....more

Act Now Advisory: Newark, New Jersey, Passes Law Requiring Paid Sick Leave

On January 28, 2014, the City Council of Newark, New Jersey, passed Ordinance 13-2010 ("Ordinance"), making Newark the second city in New Jersey, after Jersey City, to mandate paid sick leave. The Ordinance requires private...more

Have Employees In New York City? Earned Sick Time Act Requires Notice by TODAY, May 1

New York City’s Earned Sick Time Act (Act) requires all Covered Employers to provide all Covered Employees with written notice of the new law by today, May 1, 2014....more

Eugene, Oregon Poised to Be Next City To Put Itself On Paid Employee Sick Leave Map

Not to be outdone by its neighbors to the north--Portland and Seattle--Eugene, Oregon appears poised to become the next jurisdiction to pass an ordinance requiring employers to provide employees working within city limits...more

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