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Latest DMEC News and Events

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

South Carolina Enacts Lactation Support Act

July 7, 2020South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster signed into law the South Carolina Lactation Support Act, requiring employers to provide employees reasonable unpaid break time, or paid break time or mealtime, each day to express breast milk.

Tennessee Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

July 2, 2020The “Tennessee Pregnant Workers Fairness Act” (Senate Bill 2520) requires every employer with at least 15 employees to make a reasonable accommodation for an employee’s or prospective employee’s medical needs arising from pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions, unless such accommodation would impose an undue hardship on business operations.

Changes to Chicago Paid Sick Leave Ordinance Became Effective Jul. 1, 2020

July 2, 2020On Jul. 1, 2020, a number of substantive changes (including expanded coverage) to Chicago’s Paid Sick Leave Ordinance (PSLO) became effective.

Summer Break Does Not Necessarily Mean A Break From FFCRA Leave Requirements

July 2, 2020Its July. A time when in normal years, schools are closed and families are planning vacations. But in 2020, paid vacation is being replaced with paid leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), leaving employers asking, can they still do that?

D.C.’s Highly Anticipated Paid Family Leave Program Launches July 1

June 30, 2020After three years of preparation, the District of Columbia’s Universal Paid Leave Amendment Act of 2016 went live on Wednesday, July 1.

Webinar Recording: Employer Obligations to Victims of Domestic Violence

June 25, 2020Employees who are victims of domestic violence or sexual assault, or have a family member in that situation, may be entitled to employment protections. These lesser-known protections could include the right to take a ... Read More

Minnesota Supreme Court Rejects Challenges to Minneapolis Sick and Safe Ordinance

June 25, 2020The Minnesota Supreme Court (5-2) has upheld the Minneapolis Sick and Safe Time Ordinance, ruling state law does not preempt the Ordinance, and it can apply to employers who are located outside of the City.

Seattle Enacts Gig Worker Paid Sick & Safe Time Ordinance During COVID-19 Crisis

June 23, 2020The Seattle City Council has enacted the Paid Sick and Safe Time for Gig Workers Ordinance, which temporarily provides paid sick and safe time for online-based food delivery network companies and drivers of transportation network companies with 250 or more gig workers worldwide.

Webinar Recording: California Dreaming or Administrative Nightmare?

June 23, 2020As leave laws expand nationwide, one state still dominates as the most challenging and complex — some even say it is an administrative nightmare! The mere mention of California leave ... Read More

Washington Proclamation Extending Time Period for High-Risk Employee Job Protection

June 15, 2020Washington State Governor Jay Inslee has issued a new Proclamation that extends until 11:59 p.m. on Aug. 1, 2020, the job protections in place for “high-risk” Washington employees.

Bereavement Leave: The Next Potential Mandated Leave in California

June 12, 2020California is known for having a multitude of leaves available to employees from sick leave to organ donation leave. Despite this, California has not mandated employers provide bereavement leave for employees. This may change by the end of the year if Assembly Bill 2999, the Bereavement Leave Act of 2020 (the Act), becomes law.

Chicago City Council Passes COVID-19 Anti-Retaliation Ordinance

June 3, 2020Chicago’s City Council has passed an ordinance to protect employees from retaliation by their employers if they obey public health orders or orders of a healthcare provider to stay at home because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The ordinance was passed by the City Council on May 20, 2020.

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