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Revised Washington Paid Family and Medical Leave Expands Who Are Covered Family Members

Beginning July 25, 2021, employees can use Washington Paid Family and Medical Leave (WPFML) to care for more people. The law originally permitted employees to get paid leave to help address the serious health condition of any “family member.” That term was defined to include: “Child,” including biological, adopted, or foster child, a stepchild, or... Continue Reading
July 31, 2021

DHHS and DOJ Issue Guidance on “Long COVID” As a Disability

On July 26, 2021, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) issued guidance explaining that “long COVID” can be a disability under Titles II and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which apply to state/local government and public accommodations respectively, Section 504 of the... Continue Reading
July 29, 2021

To Mandate or Not To Mandate: Department of Justice Weighs In on Vaccination Mandates

Can employers mandate vaccines? The Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) says they can, but before employers do, they should consider the many legal and practical risks. On July 26, 2021, the OLC issued an opinion (dated July 6, 2021) stating that the COVID-19 vaccinations’ Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) status under the Food,... Continue Reading
July 28, 2021

Mask On? Mask Off? Mask On? What Employers Need to Know About The New CDC Guidance

The CDC is now recommending that everyone – including fully vaccinated individuals – wear masks in indoor public settings in all areas with substantial and high transmission of the COVID-19 virus and get tested following exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19. The new CDC guidance also recommends universal indoor masking for all teachers,... Continue Reading
July 27, 2021

New Ohio Law Restricts Ability of Public Schools, Colleges to Mandate COVID-19 Vaccinations

Public schools and universities are barred from requiring vaccines that have not received full U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval under Ohio House Bill 244 (HB 244), signed by Governor Mike DeWine on July 14, 2021. The new law goes into effect on October 13, 2021. Read more about this new Ohio law here. Continue Reading
July 23, 2021

New Hampshire Adopts Paid Leave Program

On June 24, 2021, the New Hampshire Legislature passed a two-year state budget that includes a paid leave program. Governor Chris Sununu signed the budget on June 25, 2021, and coverage must be provided by January 1, 2023. The voluntary program, called the Granite State Paid Family Leave Plan, provides New Hampshire workers with 60... Continue Reading
July 19, 2021

Louisiana to Require Employers to Provide Reasonable Accommodations for Pregnancy

Beginning August 1, 2021, Louisiana employers will be required to provide reasonable accommodations to employees who need such accommodations due to pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions, unless it would pose an undue hardship on the employer. Read more about these developments from our Louisiana colleagues. Continue Reading
July 9, 2021

Oregon Temporarily Allows Vaccine Incentives and Hiring Bonuses

The Oregon legislature has temporarily amended Oregon’s Equal Pay Act to allow employers latitude to both encourage COVID-19 vaccinations and to attract new employees as the state emerges from COVID-19 business restrictions. Under the revised statute, when evaluating whether employees who perform work of comparable character are paid equitably, a comparison of employee compensation may exclude... Continue Reading
July 9, 2021

Minnesota Legislature Amends Lactation Breaks and Pregnancy Accommodation Provisions

As part of the Omnibus Jobs and Economic Growth Finance and Policy Bill, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz has approved an amendment relating to pregnancy accommodations and barring reducing compensation for lactation breaks, among other changes. The amendment goes into effect on January 1, 2022. Under Minnesota law, employers must provide employees who need to express... Continue Reading
July 9, 2021

City of Los Angeles Requires Vaccine Leave for Employees Working in the City

The state and some local COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave requirements continue through the summer. And the City of Los Angeles’ mayor issued a public order mandating additional paid leave. Under the order, employees who work within the City of Los Angeles and have been employed by their employer for 60 days are entitled to paid time... Continue Reading
July 7, 2021