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Paternity Leave Up To Bat: What Employers Should Know To Avoid Striking Out

Paternity leave is back in the spotlight after New York Mets second baseman, Daniel Murphy, decided to take his contractually guaranteed three days of paternity leave for the birth of his son—a decision which resulted in his...more

Washington Grants Public Employees Two Days Off Per Year for Reasons of Faith or Conscience or Organized Religious Activities

In recognition that the holiday calendar for many religions is based on the lunar calendar rather than the Gregorian calendar, the Washington State Legislature recently amended the statutory definition of “Legal holidays and...more

Don’t Forget Your Employees On Leave

Do you have an employee on long-term leave with a right to reinstatement? Is your business being acquired or bought out? Make sure you keep the employee in mind!...more

Proposed Family and Medical Leave Enhancement Act Would Have Large Impact on Employers

U.S. House Representative Carolyn B. Maloney of New York has introduced H.R. 3999, which would provide for a far-reaching expansion of the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”). The bill introduces two big changes to...more

Governor Signs Bill Aiming To Count Time Missed Due To A State Of Emergency In Determining Eligibility For Certain Leave Benefits

In the November 2013 issue of the New Jersey eAuthority, we reported on a bill (S2996) seeking to expand eligibility for state leave and disability benefits for employees who have been laid off or furloughed due to a declared...more

Vegas vacation protected by the FMLA

Last month, in Ballard v. Chicago Park District (Case No. 13-1445, 7th Cir. 1/28/14), a federal court of appeals addressed whether an employee was eligible for FMLA leave while vacationing in Las Vegas with her terminally ill...more

District of Columbia Greatly Expands Paid Sick Leave Coverage, Enforcement, and Penalties with Amendments to the Accrued Sick and...

The District of Columbia is poised to implement sweeping new amendments to the Accrued Sick and Safe Leave Act of 2008. The amendment, entitled the Earned Sick and Safe Leave Amendment Act of 2013 (the "Act"), has been...more

Vegas and the FMLA: 7th Circuit Creates Split on FMLA Leave Issue

On January 30, 2014 the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals held that an employee's trip to Las Vegas with her terminally ill mother qualified as FMLA leave, affirming the decision of the district court in Ballard v. Chicago...more

Paid to Watch T-Ball? Proposed Amendments to Family Medical Leave Act Say Yes

Recently proposed legislation would amend the FMLA to require employers to provide unpaid leave for parental involvement and family wellness. These new proposed amendments would require employers to grant up 24 hours of...more

Trying to Reason with Blizzard Season: Employers, Employees, and Inclement Weather in the Southeast

In January, a “once-in-a-generation” winter storm hit the southeastern United States. The temperature dropped to record lows while snow and ice paralyzed our cities and towns. Schools across the region were closed, with...more

New Jersey "Sandy" Law Preserves Employee Eligibility for Leave and Benefits

To be eligible for leave under New Jersey's Family Leave Act (FLA) or the Security and Financial Empowerment Act (SAFE Act), an employee must have been employed for at least 12 months and have worked at least 1,000 base hours...more

State Department of Labor Issues Notice of Intent to Adopt New Paraprofessional FMLA Regulations

It may seem like a distant memory at this point, but as you may recall, in May of 2012, the General Assembly passed, and Governor Malloy signed, a new law (Public Act 12-43, now codified at Conn. Gen. Stat. § 31-51rr that...more

New York City Earned Sick Time Act to Be Expanded

The New York City Earned Sick Time Act (the "Act") will take effect on April 1, 2014. As previously reported in our earlier client alerts [available here: May 9, 2013, June 28, 2013, and December 17, 2013], the Act requires...more

Effectively managing absences under the FMLA (Presentation)

In This Presentation: - Effective and Compliant Policies An attendance policy should establish the employer’s expectation that regular attendance is required for the success of the business and to ensure...more

Employee Pay on a Snow Day

With the Eastern half of the United States bracing for heavy snow and freezing temperatures this week, many employers will close businesses due to icy and snowy road conditions. Employers must be mindful, however, that a snow...more

New York City Looks to Expand its Paid Sick Leave Law Before it Takes Effect in April 2014

Mayor Bill de Blasio and incoming Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito recently announced at a joint press conference that the New York City Council will look to expand the Earned Sick Time Act in the coming days. The...more

Is An “Unlimited” Leave Policy Good Business For You?

A growing number of businesses are considering “unlimited” leave policies for their exempt employees. Unlimited leave policies are excellent recruiting and retention tools that can foster a culture of trust and productivity...more

Employment Law Litigation Trends: How Your Nonprofit Can Avoid Common Family and Medical Leave Lawsuits

In this presentation: - Litigation Trends Under Family-Oriented Employment Laws - Tips for Minimizing the Risk of Litigation - Questions - Excerpt from Tips for Minimizing the Risk of...more

Labor And Employment Law 2013: A Year-End Review

I. New Laws and Regulations - A. Federal - Following U.S. Supreme Court Decision, Federal Agencies Extend Definition of “Spouse” to Persons in Same-Sex Marriages. In United States v. Windsor, 133 S. Ct. 2675...more

You Choose: Time Or Money?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, almost 60% of American workers are paid an hourly wage. Many of these workers are employed by companies who offer little in the way of paid time off such as sick time,...more

FMLA FAQ: Can Excess Trips To The Potty Be Counted As FMLA Leave?

Q: One of our employees drinks a lot of water at work and goes to the bathroom continuously throughout the day. As a result, she uses far more than her normal breaks allow. ...more

New Laws and New Year Compliance Obligations in New York & New Jersey

Happy New Year! As you move past the holidays and focus on 2014, we would like to take this opportunity to remind you of the new laws taking effect at the beginning of this year and your annual beginning of the year...more

Bill to Amend New Jersey Law Against Discrimination To Include Protections For Pregnant Workers Passed By Legislature, Awaits...

Both houses of the New Jersey legislature have passed a bill that would amend the Law Against Discrimination to include protections for pregnant workers, including reasonable workplace accommodations and unpaid leave. ...more

RI Increased Employee Absences (and Headaches) due to the 2014 Temporary Caregiver Leave Law

Effective January 1, 2014, all Rhode Island employers must allow their employees four (4) weeks of time off per year under the Temporary Caregiver Insurance (“TCI”) Law. Like Temporary Disability Insurance ("TDI"), the...more

A Triple Dog Dare: Take These Five Steps In 2014 To Drastically Improve Your FMLA Compliance

So here's my Top Five "Fix it or Else" List when it comes to leave management in 2014. How many can you cross off your list by March? Come on, I triple dog dare you...more

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