St. Paul Issues New Guidance For Employers Complying with the City’s Earned Sick and Safe Time Ordinance

Jai HookerLegislative Updates

Continuing the wave of new rules and regulations related to paid leave in Minnesota, on Jan. 8, 2024, the St. Paul Department of Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity (HREEO) issued guidance on its interpretation of St. Paul’s Earned Sick and Safe Time (ESST) Ordinance. St. Paul revised its ESST Ordinance in October 2023 to align with Minnesota’s ESST law, which went into effect Jan. 1, 2024

Philadelphia’s COVID-19 Sick Leave Law Expires

Jai HookerLegislative Updates

Philadelphia’s COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave law expired on Dec. 31, 2023. As a result, as of Jan. 1, 2024, employers are no longer required to provide additional paid sick leave to employees when they are absent for certain COVID-19 reasons.

When Will the Ball Drop? Still Waiting on the PWFA Final Regulations

Jai HookerLegislative Updates

We rang in the new year waiting and watching for the issuance of the EEOC’s final regulations implementing the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA). The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) received the text of the final regulations for review on December 27. Assuming that the EEOC’s final regulations clear this review, we expect the regulations to be published in the Federal Register soon.

The New Year Brings New Leave Laws

Jai HookerLegislative Updates

Get ready to ring in the new year with new and expanded employer leave obligations. Chicago’s new Paid Leave and Paid Sick and Safe Leave Ordinance will take effect on Dec. 31, 2023 and the following laws go into effect on Jan. 1, 2024.

Illinois Department of Labor Publishes Proposed Rules Implementing the Illinois Paid Leave for All Workers Act

Jai HookerLegislative Updates

On Nov. 3, 2023, the Illinois Department of Labor (“IDOL”) published proposed rules implementing the Illinois Paid Leave for All Workers Act (“PLAWA”). While the proposed rules will not be finalized until after the PLAWA takes effect on Jan. 1, 2024, they provide additional guidance employers should consider when reviewing their leave policies for compliance with the Act.

Updates to the Washington Paid Family and Medical Leave Program

Jai HookerLegislative Updates

The Washington Employment Security Department has announced the Paid Family and Medical Leave 2024 premium rates and weekly benefit maximums.

Beginning on Jan. 1, 2024, the Washington Paid Family and Medical Leave Program’s total premium rate will decrease from 0.8% to 0.74%. This rate is recalculated annually in October, based on contributions from premiums and benefits paid during the previous year.