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DOL Issues Final Rule on Government Contractor Sick Pay

The U.S. Department of Labor issued its Final Rule on Thursday, September 29, 2016, implementing a 2015 Executive Order requiring federal contractors to provide at least seven days of paid sick leave annually. Under the Final...more

BREAKING: DOL Publishes Final Rule Requiring Federal Contractors To Provide Paid Sick Leave To Employees

Today, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) published its final rule implementing Executive Order 13706 (the “Final Rule”), which requires certain federal contractors and subcontractors to provide paid sick leave to their...more

BREAKING: DOL Releases Final Rule On Paid Sick Leave For Employees Of Federal Contractors

The U.S. Department of Labor announced on September 29, 2016 its Final Rule implementing Executive Order 13706, Establishing Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors. We are reviewing the Final Rule and will publish an...more

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

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

Montgomery County, Maryland’s Paid Sick Leave Law to Take Effect October 1

Effective October 1, 2016, employers in Montgomery County, Maryland will be required to comply with the county’s new Earned Sick and Safe Leave Law, which allows eligible employees to accrue up to 56 hours of paid leave per...more

If Pain, Yes Gain—Part XXII: Morristown No. 13 in New Jersey to Pass Paid Sick Leave Law

Seyfarth Synopsis: Following the path of 12 other New Jersey municipalities, on September 13, 2016, the Morristown, NJ, Town Council passed a mandatory paid sick leave ordinance (the “Morristown Ordinance”). The ordinance...more

Addressing Zika’s Continued Threat to the Workplace

The growing prevalence of the Zika virus in the United States has already presented a number of hurdles for employers striving to create a safe and healthy workplace environment for their employees. These concerns are more...more

Rule Governing Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors Completes OMB Review Process

As reported today in Politico, the rule effectuating Executive Order 13706 (the “Order”), which requires certain federal contractors and subcontractors to provide their workers up to seven days of paid sick leave annually,...more

Morristown Employers Must Soon Offer Paid Sick Time to Employees

Earlier this month, Morristown joined the growing number of New Jersey cities that require employers to provide paid sick time to their employees. Effective October 4, 2016, the new ordinance (“Ordinance”) requires that...more

Morristown, New Jersey, Passes Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

Private-sector employees who work at least 80 hours during a calendar year in Morristown, New Jersey, will be entitled to paid sick leave under Ordinance No. 35-2016, passed by the Morristown Town Council on September 13,...more

Morristown Becomes New Jersey’s 13th Municipality to Enact a Paid Sick Time Law

On September 14, 2016, Morristown, New Jersey became New Jersey’s 13th municipality to require private employers to provide paid sick time to employees.  The Morristown ordinance takes effect on October 4, 2016, leaving...more

Paid Sick Leave – An Update

Since we last featured the subject of paid sick leave, it has remained a focus of interest for legislators at all levels of government. Although we don’t yet know whether there will be a federal mandate requiring paid sick...more

The Fault Line Running Under “No Fault” Attendance Policies

Seyfarth Synopsis: Many employers have “no fault” attendance policies in place to manage employee absenteeism. Are these policies putting California employers on shaky ground? Read on... “No fault” attendance policies...more

BOLI Releases New Draft Oregon Sick Time Rules

The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (“BOLI”) recently issued new draft rules interpreting and explaining Oregon’s sick time law...more

If Pain, Yes Gain—Part XXI: Saint Paul Passes Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

Seyfarth Synopsis: On September 7, 2016 the Saint Paul, MN city council unanimously passed a mandatory paid sick leave ordinance — following the lead of Minneapolis, which passed a similar ordinance in May — becoming the...more

Updated Summary of California State and City Paid Sick Leave Requirements

It’s been barely two months since Tyreen Torner compiled a chart summarizing the paid sick leave laws of California and six cities (San Francisco, Oakland, Emeryville, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Santa Monica)...more

Can Hillary Clinton Take FMLA Leave for Pneumonia? And Can Her Campaign Give Her the Boot Because She's a Key Employee?

Disclaimer! Disclaimer! This is not a political post. But where current events meet the FMLA, I’m as giddy as a five-year old boy coming eye-to-eye with his first dump truck! Unless you’ve been living under a rock the...more

Illinois Employee Sick Leave Act

Seyfarth Synopsis: On January 1, 2017, a new law will go into effect in Illinois. The title of the law -- “Employee Sick Leave Act” --suggests that is it a paid sick leave law. However, it is not a paid sick leave law and...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: September 2016 #2

Last week, as we learned that the CIA has invested in another Big Data analytics startup, new headlines and commentary addressed the dangers of hidden bias in technology. LinkedIn changed its search algorithm after the...more

St. Paul Joins Minneapolis in Passing Paid-Sick Ordinance

Both cities will require employers to extend paid sick leave, effective July 2017. On Wednesday September 7, 2016, St. Paul became the second Minnesota city to enact an ordinance requiring that employers offer workers...more

Paid Sick Leave Set to Become Effective in Montgomery County, Maryland

In 2015, Montgomery County implemented Maryland’s first paid sick and safe leave statute, The Earned Sick and Safe Leave Law, which becomes effective on October 1, 2016. The law applies to all employees that perform work in...more

Saint Paul Becomes the Second City in Minnesota to Mandate Paid Sick and Safe Time

On September 7, 2016, Saint Paul became the second city in Minnesota to mandate that employers provide earned sick and safe time for their workers. Under Saint Paul’s ordinance (the “Saint Paul Ordinance”), covered employers...more

Montgomery County, MD Earned Sick and Safe Leave Act: Coming October 1, 2016

In less than 30 days on October 1, 2016, the Montgomery County, Maryland Earned Sick and Safe Leave Act ("ESSLA") will become effective. The ESSLA's broad reach encompasses those employers who have physical locations in...more

“Takin’ Care of Business” at Home: Hiring California Household Help

Seyfarth Synopsis: Have you pondered the implications of hiring help around the house? Here are some legal requirements regarding employment of domestic helpers. Household workers or “domestic helpers” are people who...more

Berkeley Enacts California’s Newest Local Paid Sick Leave Law

On August 31, 2016, the City of Berkeley, California joined the long list of local jurisdictions to create a local sick leave law when it enacted the “Paid Sick Leave Ordinance.” Berkeley also amended its minimum wage law and...more

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