New laws in Seattle and Washington State allow certain gig workers greater access to traditional employee benefits.
Washington Paid Family Medical Leave Program’s Premium Rate Increased for 2023
On Jan. 1, 2023, the Washington Paid Family & Medical Leave Program’s “total premium” rate rose to 0.8% from 0.6%. This rate is recalculated annually in October, based on contributions from premiums and benefits paid during the previous year.
Important Information about Colorado’s Family and Medical Leave Insurance (FAMLI) Program
Starting Jan. 1, 2023, Colorado employers must comply with Colorado’s Family and Medical Leave Insurance (FAMLI) Act, which requires nearly all employers and all employees to contribute to the state’s paid family and medical leave program.
Change to Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Act Vetoed
A provision in the enacted state budget for fiscal year 2023 would have amended the Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Act to provide employers and employees more flexibility to use other accrued benefits to supplement paid benefits received from the state.
Massachusetts PFMLA Allows Adding Accrued Sick and Vacation Pay to Benefits
A provision in the enacted state budget for fiscal year 2023 amends the Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Act (PFMLA) to provide employers and employees more flexibility to use other accrued benefits to supplement paid benefits received from the state.
New Paid Family Leave Laws Sprout in Maryland, District of Columbia, and Virginia Region
Both Maryland and Virginia have joined the District of Columbia in enacting laws relating to paid family and medical leave for private-sector workers.
Washington Amends Its Paid Family and Medical Leave Act
The Washington State Legislature has again amended the state’s Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) Act.
Amount of Paid Leave Dramatically Increased Under D.C. Universal Paid Leave Law
Due to a surplus in the District of Columbia’s Universal Paid Leave Fund, the number of weeks of paid leave available to D.C. workers under D.C.’s Universal Paid Leave Act will significantly increase on Jul. 1, 2022.
Connecticut Paid Leave Payments and FMLA Changes What You Need to Know
As we speed closer to Jan. 1, the date when payments will begin under Connecticut’s Paid Family and Medical Leave Act and the effective date of changes to Connecticut’s Family and Medical Leave Act (CT FMLA), below are some updates and considerations for employers.
IRS Updates FAQs to Include Leave to Accompany Someone to a COVID-19 Vaccination
The 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.
Revised Washington Paid Family and Medical Leave Expands Who Are Covered Family Members
Beginning July 25, 2021, employees can use Washington Paid Family and Medical Leave (WPFML) to care for more people.
Washington Amends Its Paid Family and Medical Leave Act in Response to Pandemic
The Washington State Legislature has temporarily amended the state’s Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) Act to create pandemic leave assistance grants for certain employees and employers.
President Biden Calls for Reinstating and Expanding Mandatory Paid Leave as Part of COVID Relief Package
As 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.”
Colorado Voters Approve Paid Medical and Family Leave Initiative
Colorado 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.
Puerto Rico Enacts Five-Day Paid Emergency Leave for Pandemic Illness
Puerto Rico’s Law 37-2020 provides certain employees up to five days of paid leave once they exhaust other paid leave.
Seattle Expands Its Paid Sick and Safe Time Ordinance in Response to COVID-19
Effective Mar. 18, 2020, the Seattle Paid Sick and Safe Time (PSST) Ordinance allows eligible employees working in Seattle to use PSST when their family member’s school or place of care is closed, regardless of whether such closure is made by a public official.
Paid Sick Leave Quarterly: 3rd Quarter 2019
The paid sick leave (PSL) turbulence in Texas garnered most of the PSL headlines in the third quarter. How that turbulence ends will determine the fate of PSL ordinances in Austin, Dallas, and San Antonio.
Massachusetts Begins Withholdings to Fund Paid Family and Medical Leave
After an initial delay, payroll and wage withholdings to fund the Massachusetts paid family and medical leave program began Oct. 1, 2019, which will establish a fund that will allow employees in the Commonwealth to begin taking paid leave in 2021 for their own serious health condition or to care for a family member with a serious health condition.
Oregon Governor Signs Paid Family and Medical Leave Law
Oregon’s paid family and medical leave law was signed by Governor Kate Brown on Aug. 9, 2019.
Governor Sununu Vetoes New Hampshire Legislature’s Paid Family Medical Leave Plan
The New Hampshire Paid Family Medical Leave law has been left behind in the dust after Republican Governor Chris Sununu vetoed the bill.
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