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District of Columbia Enacts the Universal Paid Leave Act

by Littler on

In late 2016, after more than a year of debate, the District of Columbia Council voted to create one of the most generous paid leave laws in the country. After making it through the congressional review period, the Universal...more

If Pain, Yes Gain—Part XXVIII: Cook County Releases Draft Sick Leave Regulations

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: As the Cook County Earned Sick Leave Ordinance’s July 1, 2017 effective date nears, the County has released draft regulations seeking to clarify and expand certain aspects of the Ordinance, including the...more

Are You Coming In Today? An FMLA Intermittent Leave Toolkit

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Intermittent leave continues to present some of the most exasperating FMLA issues. In March, the San Diego-based Disability Management Employer Coalition (DMEC) issued a white paper showing the findings of its annual 2016...more

New York Paid Family Leave Rules Announced: Delivery Date January 1, 2018

On February 22, 2017, the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board (the “Board”) released proposed rules (the “Proposed Rules”)i establishing the rights and responsibilities of employees, employers, and insurance carriers...more

New York Proposes Regulations on New Paid Family Leave Law

by Littler on

Last year, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the New York Paid Family Leave Benefits Law (“PFLBL”). This law will provide eligible employees up to 12 weeks of paid family leave, to be funded through a payroll tax on...more

Proposed Regulations Issued for New York Paid Family Leave Law

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Workers’ Compensation Board issued proposed regulations for New York’s Paid Family Leave Law (“PFL”). The regulations provide much needed guidance on many key areas of the law, including eligibility...more

[Webinar] Employment Law Webinar: Negotiating the Maze of Overlapping Leave Laws - March 22nd, 10:00am PST

by Payne & Fears on

Please join us March 22, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. PST for an employment law presentation on overlapping leave laws. Our experienced employment lawyers will review major federal and California laws regarding employee leaves of...more

Paid Family and Medical Leave for D.C. Employees To Become Law

by Holland & Knight LLP on

District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser on Feb. 15, 2017, declined to veto the controversial Universal Paid Leave Amendment Act of 2016. Although she declined to veto the measure, Bowser returned the bill unsigned to the...more

Mayor of District of Columbia Permits Universal Paid Leave Amendment

by Morgan Lewis on

The Act, if it becomes law, would be one of the most generous paid leave laws in the nation. On December 20, 2016, the Council of the District of Columbia (Council) passed the Universal Paid Leave Amendment Act of 2016...more

The District of Columbia Passes the Nation’s Most Expansive Paid Family and Medical Leave Law

by Epstein Becker & Green on

On February 15, 2017, District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser announced that she will not veto the Universal Paid Leave Amendment Act of 2016 (Bill 21-415) (“Act”), previously passed by the D.C. Council on December 22, 2016....more

Focus on the FMLA – Part II

by Zelle LLP on

Last week, we wrote about some of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) requirements that can be particularly challenging for employers. This week, we’re going to focus on an aspect of FMLA entitlement that causes employers...more

Employment law changes will be coming with the Trump Administration: What should employers expect?

Today is Inauguration Day, and it is safe to assume that significant policy and enforcement changes will be made during the presidency of Donald J. Trump. Those changes will include new judges on the federal courts, new...more

New York Employers Be Prepared: 2018 Will Usher in Changes to Family Leave Policies

In 2018, New York is enacting the New York Paid Family Leave Benefits Law. The paid leave law will be gradually phased in, and beginning on January 1, 2018, employees will be able to take up to 8 weeks of paid family leave....more

New Leave Laws in Illinois

by Bryan Cave on

Illinois employers should be aware of four new leave laws that may require revisions to leave policies and procedures: Illinois Employee Sick Leave Act: Effective January 1, 2017, this act requires Illinois employers to...more

Should Employers Make Paid Parental Leave a Basic Employee Benefit? Considerations for Drafting a Parental Leave Policy

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Netflix. Google. Proctor & Gamble. Accenture. IKEA. Greensboro, North Carolina. What do these have in common? They are employers. And they offer their employees paid parental leave....more

Recent Appellate Court Decision Provides Guidance For Investigating Intermittent FMLA Abuse

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

Intermittent FMLA leave can be a source of frustration for employers even when it is used appropriately because it complicates staffing and planning and interrupts business operations. But when an employee’s use of...more

Does Paid Leave Become Reality in a Trump Administration? And Who is His Likely Choice to Head the Department of Labor?

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Every other employment attorney has been offering their opinion on how the election of Donald Trump will impact employment law. So, I’d feel left out of this riveting discussion if I didn’t offer my two cents about how a...more

Sick Leave Laws Expanded in Chicago, Cook County and Illinois

by Clark Hill PLC on

Three new leave laws in Illinois provide more paid and unpaid leave for employees, but they also impose new obligations on employers. On June 22, 2016, Chicago enacted an ordinance that, when it goes into effect on...more

Implementing Arizona’s New Paid Sick Time Law: What Employers Need to Know

Last month we wrote about the likely passage of Arizona’s Proposition 206, the so-called Minimum Wage and Paid Time Off Initiative, and we touched on some of its key elements. Now that Prop. 206 has passed, we offer the...more

Can an Employer Require That an Employee Submit FMLA Certification from a Specialist to Support the Need for FMLA Leave?

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

When it comes to FMLA medical certification, my clients have many complaints. One beef, in particular, is vague medical information they receive on a certification completed by the employee’s primary care physician. This...more

Stuck in Cape Town Again

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

By creatively patching together scheduled days off, vacation days, and personal holidays, and then switching a shift, the plaintiff put together 21 days off. Unfortunately, he was still scheduled for one shift right in the...more

Illinois Employees Hit the Sick Leave Trifecta: Important Changes to Take Effect in 2017

Three recently enacted laws expanding sick leave benefits within the state of Illinois will soon impact employers with operations in Illinois: the Illinois Employee Sick Leave Act (effective in January of 2017); the Chicago...more

Cook County, Illinois Becomes First in the Midwest to Mandate Countywide Paid Sick Leave

by Littler on

On October 5, 2016, the Cook County Board of Commissioners passed the Cook County Earned Sick Leave Ordinance (the “Ordinance”). Notably, Cook County, Illinois encompasses the City of Chicago, which passed its own paid sick...more

Cook County Suburbs Subject to Same Paid Sick Leave Obligations as Chicago

Effective July 1, 2017, Cook County Ordinance 16-4229 (“Ordinance”) will allow employees who work in Cook County to accrue and use earned paid sick leave....more

When Employers Don't Recognize an Employee's Notice of the Need for FMLA Leave, They Pay the Price

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

As employers, we face a sobering reality: at every turn, the FMLA sets us up to fail. Whether it’s deciphering medical certification, assessing fitness for duty upon return to work, or dealing with the always frustrating...more

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