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Latest DMEC News and Events

COVID-19 Vaccination: Setting Up On-Site Programs

April 15, 2021The Biden administration has called for all people at least 18 to be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine by Apr. 19, 2021. Organizations considering setting up an on-site COVID-19 vaccination program have several issues to consider.

Understanding CFRA: Who Is a “Family Member”?

April 15, 2021The new year brought several important changes to the California Family Rights Act. One key change that employers should be aware of is the expansion of the scope of individuals who qualify as “family members” under the law.

Virginia Expands Disability Discrimination Protections and Adds Domestic Worker Protections

April 14, 2021Effective Jul. 1, 2021, Virginia further expands the scope of the Virginia Human Rights Act (VHRA) to prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. The state also enacted protections and benefits for domestic workers.

Virginia Paid Sick Leave for Home Health Workers

April 13, 2021Effective Jul. 1, 2021, Virginia provides designated paid sick leave for home health workers.

Private New Mexico Employers Must Provide Up to 64 Hours of Paid Sick Leave

April 13, 2021Beginning on July 1, 2022, New Mexico will join 15 other states (and Washington, D.C.) in requiring private employers to provide paid sick leave to their employees.

Philadelphia Enacts COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave

April 9, 2021Philadelphia has joined a growing list of localities to require employers to provide employees paid COVID-19-related sick leave.

2020 DMEC Employer Leave Management Survey White Paper

March 22, 2021The Disability Management Employer Coalition (DMEC) and Spring Consulting Group (Spring) have partnered for the tenth year to conduct annual research on employer leave management. Our national survey tracks employer ... Read More

2020 DMEC Employer Leave Management Survey Executive Summary

March 22, 2021The Disability Management Employer Coalition (DMEC) and Spring Consulting Group (Spring) have partnered for the tenth year to conduct annual research on employer leave management. Our national survey tracks employer ... Read More

New York State Employees Entitled to Paid Time Off for COVID-19 Vaccinations

March 19, 2021Effective immediately, New York State employers must provide employees with up to four hours of paid time off per COVID-19 vaccination.

The American Rescue Plan Extends FFCRA Tax Credit, But Not the Mandate

March 15, 2021On Mar. 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. The Plan extends the date employers can receive tax credits for qualified wages paid to employees from Mar. 31, 2021 until Sep. 30, 2021.

Understanding CFRA: Who Is Eligible for CFRA Leave

March 12, 2021With the recent expansion of the California Family Rights Act (CFRA), employers who previously were not covered under CFRA now find themselves having to navigate the murky waters of the law.

Fifth Circuit Holds Regular Attendance Is Essential

March 12, 2021An employer’s past leniency in applying and enforcing its attendance policy did not contradict the employer’s later position that regular worksite attendance was required for employment, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has held.

Updated Guidance from California’s DFEH at the One Year Mark of the Pandemic

March 11, 2021California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), the agency charged with administering California’s employment discrimination statute and regulations, has updated its COVID-19 guidance for employers.

California Leave Bills Employers Should Watch

March 3, 2021Though employers may feel like California just wrapped up its legislative session for 2020, the 2021 legislative session is already in full swing. Feb. 19 was the last day for the proposal of new bills.

2021 DMEC Covid-Related Leave Accommodation Considerations Pulse Survey Results

March 1, 2021The COVID-19 pandemic has been an exercise in agility, empathy, and innovation for employers across the globe. As we examine the changes of the past year — including economic uncertainty,  ... Read More

Webinar Recording: The Leave Management Evolution – Employer Response to COVID-19’s Disruption

February 25, 2021The COVID-19 pandemic has been an exercise in agility, empathy, and innovation for employers across the globe. As we examine the changes of the past year — including economic uncertainty, ... Read More

Webinar Recording: Practical Steps to Address the FMLA/PFL Knowledge Gap

February 24, 2021The absence management industry has come a long way, but employees are often challenged to understand the leave entitlement process and absence resources available to them. Through a multi-year survey, ... Read More

Understanding CFRA: How CFRA Works for Pregnant Employees

February 24, 2021On Jan. 1, 2021, the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) expanded in several ways, including that small employers (those with five or more employees) must now provide up to 12 workweeks of CFRA leave within a 12-month period to eligible employees.

Arizona Expands Employment Discrimination Laws to Prohibit Pregnancy Discrimination

February 19, 2021Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed into law a bill that prohibits employers from discriminating against workers based on pregnancy or childbirth.

Webinar Recording: New Year, New Insights – Challenges and Best Practices

February 17, 2021The importance of leave was reinforced during 2020 with the unprecedented circumstances brought on by COVID-19. Human resource professionals nationwide were once again tasked with understanding and navigating multiple leave ... Read More

California’s Healthy Workplace Healthy Family Act Covers COVID-19

February 11, 2021California currently has a patchwork of local COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave ordinances which remain in effect in 2021.

Webinar Recording: Results of the 10th Annual Leave Management Survey

February 11, 2021DMEC partnered with Spring Consulting for the 10th year in a row to conduct our Employer Leave Management Survey. We gathered information from employers around the nuances of leave management ... Read More

More Movement Towards Digital COVID-19 Vaccination Records

February 10, 2021A key tech initiative as COVID-19 vaccinations begin rolling out are digital health passports. One example is being developed by a group of large tech companies, along with the Mayo Clinic, as part of the Vaccination Credential Initiative.

OSHA Issues New Guidance for Employers Combating COVID-19

February 9, 2021On Jan. 29, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published “Protecting Workers: Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace.”

Webinar Recording: Your Questions Answered! A Follow Up to FMLA Certifications

February 4, 2021Certifications under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) continue to challenge employers of all industries and sizes. Our 2020 Tools & Tactics Webinar: FMLA Certifications – A Step-by-Step Guide took a ... Read More