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DOL issues employer guidance on leave provisions of FFCRA

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division has issued a new round of guidance telling employers how to comply with the paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave benefits written into the Families First Coronavirus Response Act that went into effect April 1.

New law requires paid-leave recordkeeping

Effective April 2, employers that may never have had to worry about the FMLA because they don’t have enough employees will have to become family-leave experts in a hurry. And all employers will have to figure out how to manage a new paid-leave benefit.

How employers will recoup FFCRA paid leave

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act is true to its name: families get the benefit of the law first. The law requires employers to provide paid leave and pay for it up front. Then, it establishes tax credits that let employers recoup those costs after they have been paid out.

Emergency law grants paid sick, FMLA leave

Many employees affected by the coronavirus pandemic will be eligible for paid sick leave and some will be able to take paid FMLA leave under legislation signed into law March 18.

House passes coronavirus rescue bill

Using expedited procedures, the House of Representatives passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201) early March 14. The Senate is expected to pass a similar measure within days, and President Trump has said he will sign it into law.

Bills would grant paid sick leave during public health emergencies

Responding to the worsening coronavirus outbreak, companion legislation introduced March 6 in the House and Senate would require employers to provide 14 days of paid sick leave in the event of any public health emergency.

Prepare to offer more leave for California organ donors

Effective on Jan. 1, 2020, employees in organizations with 15 or more employees in California may now take additional leave to donate organs.

New law brings paid parental leave to federal workforce

Federal government employees will soon be eligible for up to 12 weeks of paid family leave annually. The new leave entitlement will cover approximately 2.1 million civilian government workers, by far the nation’s largest workforce.

Flu season is here! FMLA, ADA and objections to vaccines

Influenza season is well underway, and there is every indication that the flu bug will bite lots of workers this winter. Many will need time off to recover. That raises two important questions: Is that leave protected by the FMLA? Can employees lawfully refuse to get flu shots?

Coping with New York state’s new employment laws

As we enter 2020, employers should review their policies and handbooks to make sure they take into account new laws recently enacted or about to go into effect. In particular, new rules make it easier for employees to file and win lawsuits.