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Latest DMEC News and Events

2021 DMEC Paid Family & Medical Leave Pulse Survey Results

September 14, 2021Paid family and medical leave (PFML) laws have swept the nation in recent years. With no two state plans alike, managing this patchwork of new laws can prove challenging. Employers ... Read More

Webinar Recording: True FMLA Stories from Recent Court Opinions

September 14, 2021When dealing with leaves of absence, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) statute sets the framework, while the regulations provide more detail, and the Department of Labor’s (DOL) opinion ... Read More

President’s Path Out of the Pandemic Adds Obligations for Employers

September 10, 2021On Sep. 9, 2021, the White House issued Path Out of the Pandemic: President Biden’s COVID-19 Action Plan. The Plan outlines a six-pronged approach, portions of which will impose new obligations on employers across the country.

Webinar Recording: 5 Things You Need to Know About Absence in a Post-COVID Workplace

September 9, 2021Like so many areas of our industry impacted by the pandemic, the handling of occupational injuries saw its own evolution over the past year and a half. Despite challenges brought ... Read More

Oregon Issues New Rule Requiring Vaccinations of Healthcare Workers by Mid-October

August 31, 2021Following on the heels of an executive order by Oregon’s governor requiring full vaccination for teachers, staff, and volunteers in K-12 schools, the Oregon Health Authority yesterday issued a new rule requiring that healthcare providers and healthcare staff be vaccinated against COVID-19 as of Oct. 18, 2021.

OSHA Updates Non-Healthcare Employer Guidance on COVID-19

August 18, 2021The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) updated its COVID-19 guidance for non-healthcare employers, Protecting Workers: Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace, on Aug. 13, 2021.

2021 DMEC State of Absence Management Pulse Survey Results

August 16, 2021Organizations have experienced extraordinary business shifts during the pandemic, with absence management practices being significantly impacted. As we evaluate the new terrain of leave management, it’s pertinent to consider all ... Read More

Vaccine Verification and Testing Requirements for Workers in Schools Across California

August 16, 2021A week after issuing the first in the nation order mandating all healthcare workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19, on Aug. 11, 2021, the state of California issued an order mandating either vaccination or regular testing for all workers of schools throughout the state.

Puerto Rico Extends Mandatory Vaccination to Dining and Entertainment Sectors

August 13, 2021Puerto Rico has made COVID-19 vaccination mandatory for additional industries after Governor Pedro R. Pierluisi extended vaccination requirements for employees in the health and hospitality sectors beginning Aug. 16, 2021.

Pittsburgh Expands COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave

August 13, 2021Pittsburgh has joined other American cities by enacting new legislation to address the uptick in COVID-19 cases from a sick leave perspective.

Federal Contractors Must Comply with New COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates for On-Site Employees

August 12, 2021Federal contractors are being contacted by their contracting agencies about implementing requirements relating to President Biden’s mandate that all federal employees and on-site contractor employees either be vaccinated against COVID-19 or face repeated testing.

Connecticut Mandates Vaccination for Employees of Broadly Defined ‘Long-Term Care Facilities’

August 12, 2021Connecticut is requiring certain healthcare employees be vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine. Connecticut joins other states, including Washington and Massachusetts, in mandating vaccination.

Puerto Rico Implements Mandatory Vaccination of Certain Employees

August 12, 2021Puerto Rico Governor Pedro R. Pierluisi has issued an Executive Order (EO-2021-058) making COVID-19 vaccination mandatory for all public employees in the Executive Branch.

New Jersey: Vaccines Or Testing for Workers in Healthcare and High-Risk Congregate Settings

August 12, 2021New Jersey is requiring employers in covered healthcare and high-risk congregate settings to establish a policy that: (1) mandates vaccinations or weekly testing for workers; (2) creates a system to track the results of the applicable testing requirements; and (3) creates a system to communicate the results of such testing to local public health departments.

California Mandates Vaccination for Workers in the Healthcare Industry by Sep. 30

August 11, 2021The California Department of Public Health issued a new "first in the nation" order mandating that workers who provide services or work in certain healthcare facilities receive their first dose of a one-dose vaccine or their second dose of a two-dose vaccine by Sep. 30, 2021.

Duluth, Minnesota Updates Sick and Safe Time Ordinance

August 9, 2021Employers covered by the Duluth, Minnesota Sick and Safe Time ordinance will need to revisit relevant policies in light of amendments that will become effective Aug. 19, 2021.

IRS Updates FAQs to Include Leave to Accompany Someone to a COVID-19 Vaccination

August 9, 2021The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) extends tax credits available to covered employers who provide qualified sick and family leave wages (within the meaning of ARPA) to their employees between Apr. 1, 2021 through Sep. 30, 2021.

Chicago Amends Paid Sick Leave Ordinance to Expand Bases for Leave

August 6, 2021The Chicago City Council amended its Paid Sick Leave Ordinance (PSLO) to clarify and expand the bases to take paid leave and to create a new action for wage theft.

Revised Washington Paid Family and Medical Leave Expands Who Are Covered Family Members

August 6, 2021Beginning July 25, 2021, employees can use Washington Paid Family and Medical Leave (WPFML) to care for more people.

DHHS and DOJ Issue Guidance on “Long COVID” As a Disability

August 5, 2021On July 26, 2021, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) issued guidance explaining that “long COVID” can be a disability under Titles II and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which apply to state/local government and public accommodations respectively.

To Mandate or Not To Mandate: DOJ Weighs In on Vaccination Mandates

July 29, 2021Can employers mandate vaccines? The Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) says they can, but before employers do, they should consider the many legal and practical risks.

Mask On? Mask Off? Mask On? What Employers Need to Know About The New CDC Guidance

July 28, 2021The CDC is now recommending that everyone — including fully vaccinated individuals — wear masks in indoor public settings in all areas with substantial and high transmission of the COVID-19 virus and get tested following exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.

Webinar Recording: Return to the Workplace and ADA Considerations

July 27, 2021Companies of all industries and sizes were impacted by the pandemic, most notably by the massive shift from in-office work environments to the new work-from-home model. As offices begin to ... Read More

Webinar Recording: Helping Your Workforce Navigate the Medicare Maze

July 21, 2021Employer obligations have evolved over the years. From strengthening the physical and emotional well-being of their workforce to providing insight into tax questions, employers often find themselves lost in a ... Read More

New Hampshire Adopts Paid Leave Program

July 20, 2021New Hampshire has joined eight states and the District of Columbia when, on June 24, 2021, the New Hampshire Legislature passed a two-year state budget that includes a paid leave program.