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DOL Publishes Additional FAQs, Making Clear That Employees on Furlough or Layoff Are Not Eligible for FFCRA Paid Sick Leave or Expanded FMLA

The Department of Labor issued additional FAQs on Thursday March 26. They now offer 37 FAQs on how the paid sick leave and expanded FMLA leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act will apply. The leave obligations begin April 1, 2020. As more and more employers are required to shutdown due to state orders... Continue Reading
March 27, 2020

DOL Issues FFCRA Poster

The Department of Labor published today the required poster for employers under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.  We, like many of you, noticed that the DOL’s poster appears to have an error in it as it leaves off the pay requirement with respect to paid sick leave for reason 5 (school closings) and then... Continue Reading
March 25, 2020

DOL Publishes FAQs on Families First Coronavirus Response Act

The Department of Labor has published FAQs on the application of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.  According to the DOL, the Act will apply to  leave taken between April 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020.  In addition to providing the effective date, the FAQs answer questions about how an employer knows if it is... Continue Reading
March 24, 2020

Changes Expected to Families First Coronavirus Response Act

As reported over the weekend, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 6201, also known as the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, early Saturday morning. Yesterday, the House began making changes and we understand the Senate is currently considering its own changes. We will provide updates on significant changes to this bill once more information is... Continue Reading
March 17, 2020

Coronavirus Concerns in the Workplace

News of an outbreak of a new coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China raises issues for employers and employees about the appropriate workplace responses. Many employers are seeking guidance on how best to respond to workplace concerns, especially those with employees engaged in international travel, as well as employers in the healthcare, airline, and... Continue Reading
January 28, 2020

Washington Weighs in on Obesity Discrimination

The state of Washington has weighed in on the debate as to whether obesity is a disability under disability discrimination laws. In Taylor v. Burlington Northern Railroad Holdings Inc., a case that wound its way through the courts for nine years, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit certified this question to...… Continue Reading The post Washington Weighs in on Obesity Discrimination appeared first on Disability, Leave & Health Management Blog.
August 2, 2019

Has the Grinch Stolen Wellness Plans this Christmas?

Twas the week before Christmas, and all through the country, Employers wanted to help their employees be healthy, But unfortunately some lawyers, and the EEOC Limited plans that ask about disability… It has been a multi-year struggle for employers wanting certainty about wellness plans.  Many wellness plans offer a health risk assessment component, which may include...… Continue Reading The post Has the Grinch Stolen Wellness Plans this Christmas? appeared first on Disability, Leave & Health Management Blog.
December 20, 2018

Do Employers Have to Accommodate Pregnant Employees?

Massachusetts says yes! An amendment to the Massachusetts Fair Employment Practices Act requires employers to accommodate pregnant workers. According to the law, some accommodations that may be necessary for pregnant workers, include: more frequent or longer breaks; time off; acquisition or modification of equipment or seating; temporary transfers; job restructuring; light duty; private non-bathroom space...… Continue Reading The post Do Employers Have to Accommodate Pregnant Employees? appeared first on Disability, Leave & Health Management Blog.
August 1, 2017

Supreme Court Nominee Has Put “Reasonable” into Reasonable Accommodation Obligations

In case your news and twitter accounts are down, and you otherwise have not heard the news…   President Trump has nominated Judge Gorsuch from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit to fill Justice Antonin Scalia’s vacant Supreme Court seat.  There are surely countless articles about his nomination hitting the airwaves even as … Continue Reading The post Supreme Court Nominee Has Put “Reasonable” into Reasonable Accommodation Obligations appeared first on Disability, Leave & Health Management Blog.
January 31, 2017

The U.S. DOL Today Released Its Final Rule Requiring Paid Sick Leave for Contractors

We are writing to alert you to yet another source of wage-hour and wage-payment claims.  EO 13706 mandates that government contractors and sub-contractors provide paid sick days in addition to any other PTO requirement (such as the vacation pay requirement contained in the Service Contract Act).  Failure to make payments could result in liability to … Continue Reading
September 29, 2016

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