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Massachusetts Updates Paid Family and Medical Leave Contribution Rates, Maximum Benefit Payment Limits for 2022

The Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave has announced the employer contribution rates and benefit amounts under the state Paid Family and Medical Leave Act (PFMLA) beginning January 1, 2022. Read more about the changes to the PFMLA effective January 1, 2022. Continue Reading
October 6, 2021

October Brings Changes to D.C. Universal Paid Leave Law and D.C. Family and Medical Leave Act

The District of Columbia has enacted emergency legislation expanding the District’s Universal Paid Leave Act (UPLA). The legislation takes effect on October 1, 2021, and lasts for no more than 90 days. In addition, the D.C. Mayor signed legislation to make these changes permanent. That legislation is in its 30-day Congressional review period. The legislation... Continue Reading
October 5, 2021

OCR Speaks to HIPAA, COVID-19 Vaccinations, Privacy, and the Workplace

When use or disclosure of an individual’s health information or medical records is at issue, the assumption seems to be, much more often than not, that the HIPAA privacy and security rules apply. This has certainly been the case during the COVID-19 pandemic. Of course, it is true that in most healthcare settings, HIPAA is... Continue Reading
October 5, 2021

Massachusetts Extends COVID-19 Emergency Paid Sick Leave to April 2022

The temporary COVID-19 Massachusetts emergency paid sick leave (MA EPSL) has been extended through April 1, 2022. In spring 2021, Massachusetts established a statewide mandate for employers to temporarily provide employees up to 40 hours of MA EPSL when they are unable to work due to specific qualifying reasons related to the pandemic. The law was... Continue Reading
September 30, 2021

Allegheny County, Pennsylvania Enacts Paid Sick Leave with New Ordinance

On September 14, 2021, the Allegheny County Council unanimously approved a new paid sick leave ordinance (the “County Ordinance”) requiring employers with 26 or more employees to provide paid sick leave to its employees.  The County Ordinance comes on the heels of a nearly identical paid sick leave law vetoed in March of this year.... Continue Reading
September 30, 2021

How to Handle Connecticut Family and Medical Leave Act Leave Periods Spanning Between 2021-2022

Amendments to the Connecticut Family and Medical Leave Act (CTFMLA) will go into effect on January 1, 2022, and employees will be entitled to 12 weeks of leave in a 12-month period, instead of the current 16 weeks of leave in a 24-month period. (The amendments also provide that employees may be entitled to two additional... Continue Reading
September 29, 2021

California Statewide Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Set To Expire

A flurry of employment law-related bills are headed to Governor Newsom for consideration, however, no bills are being presented related to statewide supplemental paid sick leave. In March 2021, California resurrected and expanded statewide COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave.  The legislation sunsets on September 30, 2021, and there is no legislation pending to extend it. Read... Continue Reading
September 24, 2021

President’s Path Out of the Pandemic Adds Hurdles for Employers

On September 9, 2021, the White House issued Path Out of the Pandemic: President Biden’s COVID-19 Action Plan . The Plan outlines a six-pronged approach, portions of which will impose new obligations on employers across the country. Read more about these new obligations. Continue Reading
September 9, 2021

New Missouri Law Requires Employers to Provide Leave to Victims of Domestic or Sexual Violence

Missouri employers with at least 20 employees will soon be obligated to provide leave to victims of domestic or sexual violence under the Victims Economic Safety and Security Act (VESSA), signed into law by Governor Mike Parson on August 28, 2021. VESSA also requires employers to provide employees notice of the new law no later than... Continue Reading
September 7, 2021

Texas Legislative Update: What Employers Should Know About the 87th Session

Over its regular and two special sessions, the Texas legislature has passed several bills that are or soon will be in effect and will impact employers’ workplace policies and procedures. Additional special legislative sessions yet may be held and, with them, more changes may be on the horizon. Read more about these developments. Continue Reading
September 7, 2021

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