New York Bars Discipline for Legally Protected Employee Absences

On November 21, 2022, New York Governor Kathy Hochul signed a law clarifying that it is unlawful for an employer to penalize an employee for any absence protected under federal, state or local law. (S.1958/A.8092). The law goes into effect on February 19, 2023. This new law amends Section 215 of New York Labor Law... Continue Reading
December 2, 2022

The Aftermath of U.S. Supreme Court’s Dobbs: Where Are the States in Fall 2022?

The legal landscape around abortion rights has changed greatly following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, No. 19-1392 (June 24, 2022), which ended a nearly 50-year precedent protecting the right to abortion and opened the door for states to implement and enforce new laws on access to abortion. As a result, many... Continue Reading
October 31, 2022

Puerto Rico Disability Discrimination Law Covers Registered and Authorized Medical Cannabis Patients

Puerto Rico’s disability discrimination statute (Law 44-1985), the local counterpart of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), has been amended to extend coverage to registered and authorized medical cannabis patients. The amendment (Law 90-2022) went into effect on October 14, 2022, upon Governor Pedro Pierluisi’s signing. Read more here. Continue Reading
October 21, 2022

Election Day is Coming – A Reminder of Employer Obligations

With midterm elections upon us, employers should ensure they are aware of and in compliance with state law requirements related to employee voting rights. While not all states impose requirements on employers, some impose time off obligations and notice requirements with the possibility of criminal or civil penalties for non-compliance. Read more here. Continue Reading
October 12, 2022

San Francisco’s OLSE Issues FAQs for Public Health Emergency Leave Ordinance

In June, San Francisco voters approved Proposition G, which created the Public Health Emergency Leave Ordinance (PHELO). The ordinance requires private employers to provide paid leave to employees for “public health emergencies.” The ordinance took effect on October 1, 2022. In conjunction with the effective date, San Francisco’s Office of Labor Standards Enforcement (OLSE) issued a Frequently Asked... Continue Reading
October 12, 2022

Department of Education Releases New Guidance on Pregnancy and Related Conditions

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released a fact resource on October 4, 2022, reaffirming that Title IX of the Education Amendments Act protects students and employees from discrimination based on pregnancy and related conditions. Read more here. Continue Reading
October 11, 2022

Look Who’s Back? California COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Extended Until Year End with Potential Grants

California has extended COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave (SPSL) through December 31, 2022. On September 29, 2022, California’s Governor signed Assembly Bill (AB) 152 which amends the existing SPSL law and provides for state grants to certain employers.   Read more here. Continue Reading
October 3, 2022

Bereavement Leave Now Protected in California

On September 29, 2022, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill (AB) 1949, which amends the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) to require covered employers to provide eligible employees with 5 days of bereavement leave. Read more here. Continue Reading
October 3, 2022

Massachusetts Updates Paid Family and Medical Leave Contribution Rates for 2023

The Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave has announced changes to the employer contribution rates under the Paid Family and Medical Leave Act (PFMLA) effective January 1, 2023. Read more here. Continue Reading
September 30, 2022

Now Is Always a Good Time to Evaluate Your FMLA Processes

Based on our experience advising hundreds of employers and closely watching court rulings on cases around the country, we offer a few tips for complying with the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Employers should follow their own policies with respect to FMLA leave and requests for time off. To avoid potential issues, employers should... Continue Reading
September 22, 2022