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Paid family and medical leave back in BBB bill passed by House

11/22/2021
A scaled-down provision for paid family and medical leave that had been previously stripped from the $2 trillion Build Back Better Act made it into the final version passed by the House of Representatives on Nov. 19. Odds are the entitlement will not survive once the Senate finishes with the legislation.

Employment law: What’s out, what’s in revised reconciliation bill

10/28/2021
The Build Back Better budget reconciliation legislation that has languished in Congress for months has been scaled back to make it more affordable. Some employment-related initiatives have been tweaked, while others remain part of the package.

Amazon’s leave fiasco could trigger worker skepticism

10/28/2021
Amazon got lots of public heat last week after a New York Times report detailed major glitches in the company’s handling of employees’ paid and unpaid leave. The result: Paycheck errors shortchanged workers at nearly 180 Amazon locations for years.

Apply leave policy equally to all employees

08/13/2021
You probably have a well-defined leave policy that gives employees time off for vacations, illness and tending to personal business. Whether you provide separate pots of leave or lump it all into paid and unpaid time off, your leave policy must treat all employees equally.

No FMLA? Consider time off as ADA accommodation

07/08/2021
When an employee is ill but has no leave available, supervisors often tell them they must show up for work or else be fired. But firing her could be a huge mistake. She might have a disability that could be reasonably accommodated by offering unpaid leave.

To retain employees, offer more time off

07/08/2021
As business emerges from coronavirus lockdowns, one surprising development is complicating a full recovery: Lots of workers are quitting their jobs. Smart employers are already looking for ways to stem the tide of departures.

Prepare to accommodate covid after-effects

06/24/2021
Most people recover from covid-19 within a few weeks. However, reasonably large numbers of people who had the disease experience after-effects that may interfere with their ability to work. As a result, employers can expect to see more requests for ADA reasonable accommodations and FMLA intermittent leave.

Do your obligations follow digital nomads?

06/17/2021
Many employees who worked remotely through the pandemic will soon begin returning to work in person this fall. Before then, however, many of your pandemic teleworkers are likely planning to hit the road this summer—and taking their laptops with them as they can continue to work remotely from some location away from home. Here’s what to consider before giving them the green light.

Revise policies to protect health, encourage taking sick leave

06/15/2021
Now that the pandemic is ebbing and more workers are coming back into the office or resuming retail and restaurant jobs, it may be time to revisit your sick-leave policies. While coronavirus infections are on the decline, more familiar illnesses are starting to return.

Snapshot: Paid parental leave grows sharply

06/08/2021
Paid parental leave has become a standard time-off benefit, now offered by most employers.