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Latest DMEC News and Events

Seventh Circuit Continues To Find That Lengthy Leaves of Absence May Not Be Reasonable Accommodations

January 25, 2021On Dec. 30, 2020, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit issued its opinion in McAllister v. Innovation Ventures, LLC, No. 20-1779 (7th Cir., Dec. 30 2020), and held that an employer did not violate the ADA where it terminated its employee after it became clear that she would require several additional months of leave after she had already been granted a two-and-a-half-month leave of absence due to her disability.

President Biden Calls for Reinstating and Expanding Mandatory Paid Leave as Part of COVID Relief Package

January 21, 2021As all eyes were on Washington, D.C. last week with the inauguration of the 46th President. President Biden has laid out an “aggressive plan” to “change the course of the pandemic, build a bridge towards economic recovery, and invest in racial justice.”

Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana User May Proceed With Disability Discrimination And Retaliation Claims

January 21, 2021A federal court in Pennsylvania held that a medical marijuana user’s claims for disability discrimination and retaliation were sufficiently alleged to survive the employer’s motion to dismiss.

Want to Know if Your Employees Received the COVID-19 Vaccine? Some Best Practices to Consider

January 20, 2021While its rollout has been slow, the vaccine is being administered across the U.S. and in other countries. For a variety of reasons, organizations want to know whether their workforce members (employees, contractors, etc.) have been vaccinated. The EEOC has provided some guidance on the issue.

DOL Field Assistance Bulletins Clarify Telehealth and Telework Impact on FMLA Obligations

January 15, 2021On Dec. 29, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor issued two field assistance bulletins aimed at clarifying obligations under the Family and Medical Leave Act in light of the prevalence of telework and telehealth.

Webinar Recording: Understanding Connecticut Paid Family & Medical Leave

January 14, 2021Employers have been scrambling to keep up as the maze of new and updated paid family and medical leave (PFML) laws continue to unfold. Contributions for Connecticut’s PFML statute started ... Read More

Mandatory COVID-19 Benefits Under Families First Coronavirus Response Act Have Ended. Now What?

January 14, 2021In March 2020, when Congress passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) with a sunset date of Dec. 31, 2020, few anticipated the COVID-19 pandemic would be ongoing into 2021. But the pandemic has not slowed, and requests for COVID-19-related leave (along with the corresponding tax credits) continue.

Wellness Programs and Water Bottles – EEOC Proposes New Rules under the ADA and GINA

January 13, 2021Since 1996, when Congress passed the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), employers have been struggling with whether and to what extent they could offer incentives to employees to participate in certain “wellness programs.” On Jan. 7, the EEOC proposed a new approach that may provide employers some certainty, particularly as many employers are wondering about incentives to encourage employees to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

DFEH Releases Family and Medical Leave Tool Kit

January 12, 2021The Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), the administrative agency charged with enforcing the California Family Rights Act (CFRA), has released new documentation for Family and Medical Leave that reflects the expansion of CFRA which went into effect on Jan. 1, 2021.

With Federal COVID-19 Leave Ending, Leave Laws in D.C. and Elsewhere Take Center Stage

January 6, 2021When the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) expired on Dec. 31, 2020, COVID-19-related leave was no longer assured for many employees throughout the United States unless another law, like the Family and Medical Leave Act or the Americans with Disabilities Act, applies.

New York State, Modified New York City Sick and Safe Leave Obligations Fully Effective Jan. 1

January 4, 2021The New York State Paid Sick Leave Law and the amendments to the New York City Paid Safe and Sick Leave Law expanding employees’ paid sick leave entitlements went into full effect on Jan. 1, 2021.

COVID-19 Leave Arrives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

December 10, 2020On Dec. 9, 2020, Pittsburgh Mayor Peduto signed a new ordinance granting COVID-19 Sick Time to certain employees working within the City.

Webinar Recording: New Year, New Eligibility – CFRA’s New Look for 2021

December 10, 2020California wrapped up its 2020 legislative session with the Governor passing several bills that bring dramatic changes to employee leave requirements. The California Family Rights Act (CFRA) saw changes that ... Read More

Has the COVID-19 14-Day Quarantine Period Been Shortened?

December 9, 2020By now, employers likely have heard the news that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reduced the length of time that individuals should quarantine after an exposure to COVID-19. The old adage “don’t believe everything you read” turns out to be true in this case.

Webinar Recording: Innovations in Clinical Claims Management

December 8, 2020Change has been the name of the game for absence and disability management! And the foundational claims management practices have not been immune to the numerous changes our industry has ... Read More

CDC Clarifies Critical Infrastructure Worker Guidance

December 4, 2020On Nov. 16, 2020, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) clarified its guidance permitting critical infrastructure workers to return to work before the end of the standard 14-day quarantine period following exposure to COVID-19.

Webinar Recording: Caregiving’s Impact on Health, Family, and the Workplace

December 3, 2020Multiple studies have shown how serving as a caregiver for others, whether it be a child or an aging parent, can take a toll on the emotional, financial, and physical ... Read More

Webinar Recording: COVID-19’s Impact on Behavioral Health in the Workplace

December 1, 2020Enough is enough! The pandemic, unemployment, natural disasters, and racial injustice across the nation has challenged employees emotionally, physically and mentally. In addition, your workforce is struggling with restrictions, adapting ... Read More

Connecticut Paid FMLA: What Employers Need to Know Now

November 25, 2020With a difficult 2020 nearing its end, if Connecticut Paid FMLA has recently reappeared on your radar, don’t fret! Simply review these basics to prepare for this upcoming change.

Michigan’s Patchwork of COVID-19 Laws & Orders For Employers

November 25, 2020As previously reported, on Oct. 2, 2020, the Michigan Supreme Court invalidated post-Apr. 30, 2020 Executive Orders that Governor Whitmer issued related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Webinar Recording: Statutory Paid Leaves – What You Need to Know for 2021

November 19, 2020If you have employees in any of these statutory jurisdictions — California, Connecticut, Washington D.C., Hawaii, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, or Washington state — ... Read More

To Vaccinate Or Not To Vaccinate…That Is The Question

November 18, 2020As we enter flu season (in the midst of a national spike in COVID-19 cases), and it now appears that a COVID-19 vaccine is on the horizon, employers are struggling with whether they should require employees to be vaccinated for seasonal influenza and/or COVID-19 infection.

Webinar Recording: FMLA Certifications – A Step-by-Step Guide

November 12, 2020The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) has been around for 25 years, but employers still struggle with several administrative aspects of the law. Employers regularly report confusion around managing the ... Read More

Colorado Voters Approve Paid Medical and Family Leave Initiative

November 9, 2020Colorado voters approved the Paid Medical and Family Leave (PMFL) Initiative, Proposition 118, on Election Day. PMFL creates a state-run paid family and medical leave insurance program in Colorado that allows employees to take up to 12 weeks of leave and keep their job.

California Employers Cannot Forget Local Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Yet

November 5, 2020In September, when Governor Newsom signed Assembly Bill 1867, employers hoped that the state-wide COVID-19 Supplemental Leave was a replacement for the patchwork of local ordinances. However, due to differences in coverage, many employers are faced with complying with the more stringent local ordinances.