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Latest DMEC News and Events

Connecticut Paid FMLA: What Employers Need to Know Now

November 25, 2020With a difficult 2020 nearing its end, if Connecticut Paid FMLA has recently reappeared on your radar, don’t fret! Simply review these basics to prepare for this upcoming change.

Michigan’s Patchwork of COVID-19 Laws & Orders For Employers

November 25, 2020As previously reported, on Oct. 2, 2020, the Michigan Supreme Court invalidated post-Apr. 30, 2020 Executive Orders that Governor Whitmer issued related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Webinar Recording: Statutory Paid Leaves – What You Need to Know for 2021

November 19, 2020If you have employees in any of these statutory jurisdictions — California, Connecticut, Washington D.C., Hawaii, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, or Washington state — ... Read More

To Vaccinate Or Not To Vaccinate…That Is The Question

November 18, 2020As we enter flu season (in the midst of a national spike in COVID-19 cases), and it now appears that a COVID-19 vaccine is on the horizon, employers are struggling with whether they should require employees to be vaccinated for seasonal influenza and/or COVID-19 infection.

Webinar Recording: FMLA Certifications – A Step-by-Step Guide

November 12, 2020The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) has been around for 25 years, but employers still struggle with several administrative aspects of the law. Employers regularly report confusion around managing the ... Read More

Colorado Voters Approve Paid Medical and Family Leave Initiative

November 9, 2020Colorado 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.

California Employers Cannot Forget Local Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Yet

November 5, 2020In September, when Governor Newsom signed Assembly Bill 1867, employers hoped that the state-wide COVID-19 Supplemental Leave was a replacement for the patchwork of local ordinances. However, due to differences in coverage, many employers are faced with complying with the more stringent local ordinances.

Webinar Recording: Ready or Not, Here It Comes! Massachusetts PFML

November 5, 2020As if navigating a global pandemic wasn’t already challenging enough, employers now have the added struggle of managing the proposed new laws coming to the state of Massachusetts. Ready or ... Read More

Request For Medical Examination Was Permissible Under ADA After Positive Drug Test Result

October 30, 2020A federal court in Indiana dismissed an employee’s claim that his employer did not have the right to request a medical examination after he tested positive for drugs and subsequently admitted that he was taking numerous prescription medications that could create a safety risk.

CDC Guidance on “Close Contact” Is Expanded

October 22, 2020Just when you thought you had your contact tracing protocol down for dealing with COVID-19 exposures, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance has changed again.

Webinar Recording: The Caregiving Crisis – COVID-19’s Impact on Working Parents and Employer Support Programs

October 22, 2020The COVID-19 pandemic has been fraught with challenges for everyone. Working parents may be feeling the brunt of these struggles as they attempt to balance their careers with the ever-changing ... Read More

California’s Governor Signs Several Bills Causing Bold Changes to Employee Leaves

October 6, 2020California wrapped up its 2020 Legislative Session with the Governor passing several bills that bring dramatic changes to employee leave requirements.

Amendments to New York City Paid Sick and Safe Leave Law Effective

October 1, 2020On Sep. 23, 2020, the New York City Council enacted Int. No 2032-A, and Mayor Bill de Blasio signed the bill on Sep. 28, 2020.

Webinar Recording: Put Your Oxygen Mask On First – Helping Managers Address Behavioral Health

October 1, 2020Research shows that mental health and substance abuse issues are taking a toll on employees and workplaces across the country. COVID-19 has further exacerbated this already growing trend, and made ... Read More

Webinar Recording: The ADA Link

September 29, 2020How does the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) interact and link with other regulations, policies, and programs in the workplace? In this webinar, we walked through ADA definitions and requirements, ... Read More

Maine Labor Department Releases Final Rules for Earned Paid Leave Law

September 28, 2020As the Jan. 1, 2021, effective date of Maine’s Earned Paid Employee Leave Law approaches, the state Department of Labor (DOL) has promulgated the much-anticipated final regulations for implementing the statute.

Webinar Recording: Ability in Disability – A More Inclusive Workplace Strategy

September 24, 2020Over fifty percent of people in this country have a person in their life with a disability. Disability is a natural part of the “human condition,” yet represents the largest ... Read More

New California Law Significantly Expands Employee Entitlement to Family and Medical Leave

September 18, 2020California employers with as few as five employees must provide family and medical leave rights to their employees under a new law signed by Governor Gavin Newsom on Sep. 17, 2020. The new law significantly expands the state’s existing family and medical leave entitlements and goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2021.

Webinar Recording: Healthcare Solutions for Employers’ High-Cost Populations

September 17, 2020Rising healthcare costs continue to plague both employers and employees alike. As employers work to maintain the budget while offering the benefits employees need to maintain health, employees struggle to ... Read More

Webinar Recording: The Great Return – Tips & Tricks to Develop Your RTW Plan

September 15, 2020As the work environment continues to evolve during the COVID-19 pandemic, employers are struggling to develop safe return-to-work strategies, especially when the great return will likely be phased out across ... Read More

2020 DMEC Return to the Workplace Pulse Survey Results

September 14, 2020From July 28 through Aug. 5, 2020, DMEC gathered feedback through an online survey on how organizations are approaching efforts to return employees to the workplace amid the COVID-19 pandemic. ... Read More

Webinar Recording: A Deep Dive Into Job Protection – What Does it Really Mean?

September 10, 2020Those working in leave of absence often use the term “job protection,” but what does it really mean? In some cases, the law spells it out. The Family and Medical ... Read More

Do Employers Still Need to Provide Time to Vote in California?

September 3, 2020In light of new executive orders to ensure wide availability of voting options in California, employers may question if they still are required to provide time during the workday for their employees to vote.

School’s Back (Or Is It)! When Can Your Employees Take FFCRA Leave?

August 31, 2020For many, the start of school looks different this year: from all virtual, to hybrid, to parent’s choice. Employers required to provide leave under the Federal Families First Coronavirus Act (FFCRA) may be wondering how to administer FFCRA leave under this new regime.

Washington Governor Creates COVID-19 Food Production Workers Paid Leave Program

August 21, 2020Under the Washington COVID-19 Food Production Workers Paid Leave Program, no food production employer in Washington may operate from Aug. 18, 2020, to Nov. 13, 2020, unless the employer provides its workers with paid leave for certain qualifying events.