Leaves of Absence

URGENT: Mandatory COVID-19 Poster

As part of the Family First Coronavirus Recovery Act (FFCRA), employees at small businesses may be entitled to a number of new benefits for sick and family leave. To make sure employees understand their options, employers are required to post notice of the requirements. The Department of Labor requires all employers with less than 500 …

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URGENT: EEOC Issued New Guidance

Effective, April 23, 2020, the EEOC issued new guidance to employers that permits mandatory testing of employees for the presence of the COVID-19 virus prior to entering the workplace. The EEOC issued the guidance on its FAQ, What You Should Know About COVID-19 ant the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO Laws. In question …

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URGENT: COVID-19 Return to Work Checklist

This guidance is intended for planning purposes. Employers and workers should use this planning guidance to help minimize risk levels in workplace settings and to determine any appropriate control measures to implement. Posting and Policies Post the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) poster in a visible place. Where employees will remain working from home, …

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URGENT: San Francisco Public Health Emergency Leave (PHEL)

Companies with 500 or more employees worldwide, with a presence in San Francisco, must provide 80 hours of PHEL to full-time employees and the average number of hours worked over a two-week period for part-time employees (average over the last 6 months ending 2/25). Sick Leave is available for immediate use and may be taken …

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Washington State Employers Beware, Obesity Can be a Disability

It is illegal to refuse to hire qualified potential employees because the employer perceives them to be obese, the Washington Supreme Court has ruled. After a federal court in Seattle dismissed the case, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals had asked Washington’s highest court to resolve the issue because it involved a matter of state …

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Pittsburgh & San Antonio Paid Sick Leave Law Delayed

Pittsburgh’s Paid Sick Leave Law Upheld The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has upheld a Pittsburgh ordinance that requires private sector employers to provide paid sick leave for any workers employed within the city. The court overturned two lower court rulings against the ordinance, holding that the city has the authority to require paid sick leave for …

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URGENT TX: Dallas Ordinance Requires Employers to Provide Paid Sick Leave to Employees

The City of Dallas recently passed an ordinance requiring employers to provide paid sick leave to workers. Starting August 1, 2019, employers with more than five employees who perform at least 80 hours of work in a year in Dallas should be prepared to comply with the new ordinance. Last month, the City of Dallas joined …

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WA UPDATE: Washington State Paid Family Leave Law

DEDUCTIONS EFFECTIVE 1-1-19 BENEFITS EFFECTIVE 1-1-20 All Washington employers must provide paid family and medical leave under a bill signed by Gov. Jay Inslee on July 5. The new law creates an insurance fund that employers and employees both pay into, with a 0.4 percent payroll tax. Payroll deductions will begin on Jan. 1, 2019, …

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Nevada’s Domestic Violence Leave Law: Effective January 1, 2018

Effective January 1, 2018 Nevada’s Senate Bill 361 requires all Nevada private employers to provide leave to eligible employees who are (or whose family or household members who are) victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking. Summary The new law covers all Nevada private employers. Under the new law, an employee is eligible for …

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Urgent Guardian HR Alert: New U.S. Supreme Court Rulings

The United States Supreme Court has issued a landmark ruling in the case of United States v. Windsor, No. 12-307 (June 26, 2013), and an additional important decision in the matter of Hollingsworth, et al. v. Perry, No. 12-144 (June 26, 2013). THE DECISIONS In Windsor, the United States Supreme Court ruled the Defense of Marriage Act of …

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