Tag Archives: FMLA

2018 Minimum Wage Increases: Impacted States and Details

Beginning on 12/31/17, minimum wage increases will affect many states across the country. As a reminder, the current federal minimum wage is $7.25/hour under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) while the minimum wage for federal contractors in 2018 is $10.35 per hour. Important Note: Employers are subjected to paying a higher rate if state and local …

Paid Parental Leave Across the US

At the time of this writing, the US is the only industrialized nation that does not guarantee paid maternity or parental leave to workers. NY, CA, RI, NJ, in addition to individual companies are beginning to make a changes to paid family leave policies. On 4/6/16, San Francisco became the first US city to mandate paid parental leave for mothers …

DC Proposed Legislation on Universal Leave: 16 Weeks Paid

The Washington DC Council has proposed legislation that would provide 16 weeks paid family and medical leave to replace the current DC FMLA unpaid leave. The proposed bill would apply to all District of Columbia residents, and those employed in the District. This proposed legislation stems from the Universal Paid Leave Act of 2015, which amends …

Same-Sex Marriage: Impact for Employers

On June 26, 2015 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that all states must allow sex-same couples to marry and must recognize same-sex marriages lawfully performed in other jurisdictions. If you reside in a state that previously banned same-sex marriage, that state must now recognize same-sex marriages that have been lawfully performed. Impact for Employers Many …

Maryland: Paid Sick Leave Legislation

The following information is taken from the Montgomery County Council press release of 6/24/15. The Montgomery County Council unanimously approved Bill 60-14 that will require most employers doing business in the County to provide earned sick and safe leave to employees for work performed in the County. Enactment of the bill makes Montgomery County …

Massachusetts Earned Sick Leave Law Takes Effect 7/1/15

The following information was taken from the Massachusetts government website (www.mass.gov). Massachusetts has followed California (California Healthy Workplace Healthy Family Act/Paid Sick Leave) with a new Earned Sick Leave law. The earned sick time law, M.G.L. c. 149 § 148C, was approved by the voters on November 4, 2014. The law entitles employees …

DOL Issues New FMLA Forms

The DOL has issued new Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) forms with slightly updated information (a new expiration date of 5/31/18, and a notice that health providers cannot provide information regarding genetic testing). Please replace all FMLA forms with those below. Specific changes to each form are noted as follows: The updated expiration date …

Need to Know: New Maryland Parental Leave Law

Effective October 1, 2014, small employers in Maryland (at least 15 but not more than 49 employees) will be required to provide employees with unpaid leave for the birth or adoption of a child under the Maryland Parental Leave Act (PLA). The Details Eligibility is similar to the Federal Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Employees must have been employed …

EEOC Issues New Guidelines Against Pregnancy Discrimination

On 7/14/14, the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued new and updated guidelines of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as they apply to women with pregnancy related disabilities. These updated guidelines replace guidance last written in 1983. New guidance addresses interaction between …
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