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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.

Federal employees gain 12 weeks of paid parental leave

Federal government employees will soon be eligible for up to 12 weeks of paid family leave annually now that the Senate has voted to approve a House of Representatives provision.

Flu days and the FMLA don’t always go together

According to the Department of Labor in an opinion letter to an inquiring employer, you can require employees to take unpaid FMLA leave, even if they’d rather use paid sick leave.

Gov’t employees could gain paid leave to bond with new children

Federal government employees would be eligible for up to 12 weeks of paid family leave annually if a tentative agreement between the White House and Democrats in the House of Representatives survives the legislative process.

Finite leave may be valid accommodation

It’s a difficult problem: A new employee hasn’t yet earned any leave but needs to take time off for a disability-related reason. It’s a mistake to automatically terminate such an employee. Slow down.

Don’t turn down FMLA because paid leave is available

While employees may prefer taking paid leave and will often use vacation, personal or sick time to have a paycheck, employers shouldn’t refuse an FMLA request just because paid leave is available.