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Latest DMEC News and Events

Webinar Recording: Test Your Knowledge – COVID-19 and the Impact on Employee Leave

May 28, 2020The ever-changing nature of COVID-19 has presented challenges that have been a shock to the functionality of the global workforce. Employers have been scrambling for weeks to understand how to ... Read More

Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave Proposals Affecting Private Plan Exemptions

May 21, 2020The Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave’s (DFML) proposed amendments to existing regulations for the Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Act (PFMLA) include significant changes relating to the private or self-funded plan exemption.

Webinar Recording: Honest Belief – Defending Your FMLA Decisions

May 21, 2020As an employer, suspected abuse of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) can present many challenges. Leave abuse can increase an employer’s costs and deplete resources, while also greatly ... Read More

Puerto Rico Senate Passes Reasonable Accommodation Bill for Certain Workers during COVID-19 Pandemic

May 15, 2020The Puerto Rico Senate has approved unanimously Senate Bill No. 1577 (SB 1577), which seeks to amend Section 9 of Puerto Rico Act No. 44 of July 2, 1985, known as the “Law Prohibiting Discrimination Against Disabled Persons,” to expand its protection and confer certain type of employees the right to a reasonable accommodation in the workplace during the COVID-19 pandemic.

2020 DMEC COVID-19 Pulse Survey Results

May 14, 2020From Apr. 6 through Apr. 10, 2020, DMEC gathered feedback through an online survey on how organizations are responding to the COVID-19 outbreak. The survey had 608 participants, with the ... Read More

Class Action Suit Claims ADA Requires Public Accommodation to Prevent Spread of COVID-19 at Facility

May 13, 2020Despite significant legal obstacles, on May 4, 2020, a group of plaintiffs filed a class action complaint alleging the Queens Adult Care Center (QACC) violated Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (Title III) and its precursor, Section 504 of Rehabilitation Act (Section 504), by failing to provide a level of care to safeguard their health and safety at its assisted living facility during the COVID-19 pandemic.

New York State Enacts State-Wide Paid Sick Leave Law

May 11, 2020New York State has joined the growing list of states and localities (including New York City and Westchester County) mandating that employers provide paid sick leave to employees.

Webinar Recording: COVID-19 and Beyond – Best Practices for Coordinating the FMLA and the ADA

May 7, 2020Managing absence and disability is more challenging than ever in the midst of a global pandemic. The rules of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Americans with ... Read More

Expanded Wage Replacement Entitlements for California Employees

May 6, 2020As schools and childcare facilities announce they will remain closed through the summer months, the California legislature is considering an amendment to the state’s Paid Family Leave program to allow employees to obtain income replacement under the unemployment insurance code for COVID-caused school closures.

Webinar Recording: FMLA Certifications – Authentications, Recertifications, Second Opinions & More!

April 30, 2020Medical certifications provide a roadmap for managing Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) use. They are also an essential tool for limiting FMLA fraud and abuse. In this webinar, we ... Read More

EEOC Opines on COVID-19 Testing by Employers

April 29, 2020The EEOC’s most recent update provides an answer to the following question: “May an employer administer a COVID-19 test (a test to detect the presence of the COVID-19 virus) before permitting employees to enter the workplace?”

Navigating Employer Obligations to Provide Employees with Masks, Face Coverings

April 27, 2020As the CDC continues to study COVID-19, the agency is regularly updating guidance on precautionary measures to further prevent the spread across the United States. The agency has expanded its recommended precautions to include “wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain”.

San Jose Issues Guidance and Opinion Letter Regarding Supplemental COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

April 27, 2020Soon after San Jose passed its supplemental paid sick leave ordinance to respond to the COVID-19 crisis, it issued further guidance regarding the leave.

Pregnancy Accommodation Case Turns on Similar Ability to Do the Job, Not “Similarly Situated” Test

April 23, 2020In Durham v. Rural/Metro. Corp., the Eleventh Circuit held that a pregnant employee, who was denied light duty after being placed on lifting restrictions, satisfied the fourth prong of the prima facie case by establishing that her employer had accommodated others who could not lift due to on-the-job injuries.

Webinar Recording: The Do’s and Don’ts of Defensible Documentation

April 21, 2020Defensible documentation requires a great deal of intricacy, especially when it comes to ADA or FMLA compliance, but how do you know if you’re capturing enough detail? When is too much documentation ... Read More

Puerto Rico Enacts Five-Day Paid Emergency Leave for Pandemic Illness

April 15, 2020Puerto Rico’s Law 37-2020 provides certain employees up to five days of paid leave once they exhaust other paid leave.

Webinar Recording: The Evolution of the FMLA

April 14, 2020The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) has continuously evolved since its inception in 1993, but how did we get here, and where are we going in 2020 and beyond? ... Read More

Massachusetts Department of Paid Family Leave Releases New Guidance

April 13, 2020The current circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 crisis have brought paid family and medical leave to the forefront of the national consciousness. While the federal government and other states have created new, immediately effective, paid family and medical leave laws, Massachusetts has remained committed to the existing timeframe for the Paid Family and Medical Leave Act (PFMLA), which will be effective Jan. 1, 2021.

EEOC Answers Key Questions for Employers

April 10, 2020The EEOC yesterday for the first time advised that, at least under the Americans with Disabilities Act, employers may disclose the employee’s name to the public health agency.

Webinar Recording: ADA – To Outsource or To Not? That is the Question!

April 9, 2020Many companies are managing ADA in-house, and may have questions about how program components or responsibilities can be outsourced. Today, employers have a range of outsourcing options that will keep ... Read More

Seattle Bans Employers from Requiring Medical Verification for Paid Sick Leave for 60 Days

April 9, 2020Under Seattle’s Paid Sick and Safe Time (PSST) law, an employer normally may require verification (including a doctor’s note) for the use of PSST after three consecutive workdays in which the employee uses paid sick/safe leave.

Washington Amends its Paid Family and Medical Leave Act

April 2, 2020On Mar. 26, 2020, Governor Jay Inslee signed into law amendments to the Washington Paid Family and Medical Leave Act.

Judge’s Decision Halts Dallas from Enforcing Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

April 2, 2020Texas employers no longer must provide paid sick leave to their employees in Dallas following the decision of U.S. District Court Judge Sean D. Jordan.

The Los Angeles City Council Passes Supplemental COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave for Large Employers

April 2, 2020On Mar. 27, 2020, the Los Angeles City Council passed an ordinance mandating employers with 500 or more employees nationally offer Supplemental Paid Sick Leave for various COVID-19 related reasons. The ordinance is awaiting Mayor Eric Garcetti’s review and anticipated approval.

DOL Provides Details About Small Employer Exception Under FFCRA

March 30, 2020The Department of Labor has been issuing FAQs to try to explain the provisions regarding small employer exceptions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act before it goes into effect on Apr. 1, 2020.