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Latest DMEC News and Events

California’s Governor Signs Several Bills Causing Bold Changes to Employee Leaves

October 6, 2020California wrapped up its 2020 Legislative Session with the Governor passing several bills that bring dramatic changes to employee leave requirements.

Amendments to New York City Paid Sick and Safe Leave Law Effective

October 1, 2020On Sep. 23, 2020, the New York City Council enacted Int. No 2032-A, and Mayor Bill de Blasio signed the bill on Sep. 28, 2020.

Webinar Recording: The ADA Link

September 29, 2020How does the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) interact and link with other regulations, policies, and programs in the workplace? In this webinar, we walked through ADA definitions and requirements, ... Read More

Maine Labor Department Releases Final Rules for Earned Paid Leave Law

September 28, 2020As the Jan. 1, 2021, effective date of Maine’s Earned Paid Employee Leave Law approaches, the state Department of Labor (DOL) has promulgated the much-anticipated final regulations for implementing the statute.

Webinar Recording: Ability in Disability – A More Inclusive Workplace Strategy

September 24, 2020Over fifty percent of people in this country have a person in their life with a disability. Disability is a natural part of the “human condition,” yet represents the largest ... Read More

New California Law Significantly Expands Employee Entitlement to Family and Medical Leave

September 18, 2020California employers with as few as five employees must provide family and medical leave rights to their employees under a new law signed by Governor Gavin Newsom on Sep. 17, 2020. The new law significantly expands the state’s existing family and medical leave entitlements and goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2021.

Webinar Recording: Healthcare Solutions for Employers’ High-Cost Populations

September 17, 2020Rising healthcare costs continue to plague both employers and employees alike. As employers work to maintain the budget while offering the benefits employees need to maintain health, employees struggle to ... Read More

Webinar Recording: The Great Return – Tips & Tricks to Develop Your RTW Plan

September 15, 2020As the work environment continues to evolve during the COVID-19 pandemic, employers are struggling to develop safe return-to-work strategies, especially when the great return will likely be phased out across ... Read More

2020 DMEC Return to the Workplace Pulse Survey Results

September 14, 2020From July 28 through Aug. 5, 2020, DMEC gathered feedback through an online survey on how organizations are approaching efforts to return employees to the workplace amid the COVID-19 pandemic. ... Read More

Webinar Recording: A Deep Dive Into Job Protection – What Does it Really Mean?

September 10, 2020Those working in leave of absence often use the term “job protection,” but what does it really mean? In some cases, the law spells it out. The Family and Medical ... Read More

Do Employers Still Need to Provide Time to Vote in California?

September 3, 2020In light of new executive orders to ensure wide availability of voting options in California, employers may question if they still are required to provide time during the workday for their employees to vote.

School’s Back (Or Is It)! When Can Your Employees Take FFCRA Leave?

August 31, 2020For many, the start of school looks different this year: from all virtual, to hybrid, to parent’s choice. Employers required to provide leave under the Federal Families First Coronavirus Act (FFCRA) may be wondering how to administer FFCRA leave under this new regime.

Washington Governor Creates COVID-19 Food Production Workers Paid Leave Program

August 21, 2020Under the Washington COVID-19 Food Production Workers Paid Leave Program, no food production employer in Washington may operate from Aug. 18, 2020, to Nov. 13, 2020, unless the employer provides its workers with paid leave for certain qualifying events.

Puerto Rico Working Mothers Act Amended to Provide Additional Adoption Leave for Working Mothers

August 14, 2020On Aug. 8, 2020, Wanda Vázquez Garced signed into law an amendment to the Puerto Rico Working Mothers Act.

New Georgia Legislation Requires Employers to Provide Paid Lactation Breaks

August 13, 2020Georgia Governor Brian Kemp has signed new legislation requiring employers to provide paid lactation breaks and private locations at the worksite where working mothers can express breast milk.

EEOC Issues Guidance on Opioid Addiction in Employment

August 11, 2020The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued two technical assistance documents on Aug. 5, 2020, addressing accommodation issues under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for employees who use opioid medications or may be addicted to opioids.

New York District Court Vacates Parts of FFCRA Regulations Including Healthcare Provider Definition

August 4, 2020Shortly after the Department of Labor issued its FFCRA regulations, the state of New York filed a lawsuit challenging some of the provisions. Today (four months after the regulations went into effect, and just five months before the FFCRA is set to expire), the federal district court in New York struck down four provisions in the regulations.

Webinar Recording: FMLA Forms Revamped – The DOL Weighs in on Updates

July 30, 2020In this webinar, the Department of Labor (DOL) presented a head-to-toe overview of changes to its optional-use Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) forms. Attendees learned what has changed in ... Read More

Webinar Recording: Combating Unconscious Bias – Strategies for Developing Cultural Awareness

July 28, 2020No matter how good our intentions are to be free of prejudice, we all have implicit biases that can have a serious impact on our work. In this webinar, participants ... Read More

DOL Issues Additional Clarification on FMLA, FFCRA, FLSA in COVID-19 Context

July 24, 2020The U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) recently issued additional clarification on its FAQs and guidance regarding the FMLA and the FFCRA in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Some highlights include:

California Legislature Proposes Bill Mirroring Executive Order Regarding Food Sector Supplemental Paid Sick Leave

July 24, 2020On Apr. 16, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order N-51-20, (Executive Order) which provides COVID-19 related paid sick leave for “food sector workers” who work for larger employers in the state. The California legislature is now considering codifying those leave requirements with Senate Bill 729.

Extended School Closings Create Homework for Employers

July 22, 2020You can hear the parents wailing across the country, as states begin to announce their plans to keep physical schools closed or alternate between in-school and virtual classes for the upcoming year.

Colorado Enacts Legislation Requiring Employers to Provide Employees with Paid Sick Leave

July 21, 2020Colorado has enacted the Healthy Families and Workplaces Act (SB20-205) (HFWA) to require employers to provide employees with up to six days, or up to 48 hours, of earned paid sick leave.

2020 DMEC Family Caregiving Pulse Survey Results

July 16, 2020More than ever before, U.S. employees find themselves balancing both work and caregiving responsibilities. In fact, researchers at Harvard Business School published findings in 2019 suggesting that as many as ... Read More

Webinar Recording: Beyond Leave – Creative Approaches to Support Employee Caregivers

July 16, 2020More than ever before, U.S. employees find themselves balancing both work and caregiving responsibilities. In fact, research published by Harvard Business Review in 2019 found that 75% of U.S. workers have caregiving ... Read More