(Not Terribly Useful) Guidance from the DOL on the FMLA and Holidays
May 30, 2023
Opinion letters from the U.S. Department of Labor are pretty unusual, so I get really excited when they issue one.
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Washington’s Long-Term Care Tax Deductions Start July 1, 2023
May 24, 2023
In a bad case of déjà vu, employers are reminded to start withholding a 0.58% premium tax on their Washington employees effective July 1, 2023.
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New Federal FMLA Poster Released by DOL
May 18, 2023
In April 2023, the U.S. Department of Labor released an updated workplace poster summarizing the significant provisions of the Federal and Medical Leave Act and explaining to employees how to file a complaint.
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Menstrual Leave Redux
May 12, 2023
As reported by the Society for Human Resource Management, Spain has recently passed a law that provides menstrual leave, which will be paid by the government at 75% of the employee’s covered earnings out of Social Security.
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Conflict Between Oregon Family Leave Act and Paid Family Leave Creates Heartburn for Employers
April 11, 2023
Oregon employers (and their attorney advisors!) are experiencing various degrees of heartburn as they struggle to revise leave policies, employee handbooks, and sometimes collectively bargained agreements, in order to account for Oregon’s new Family and Medical Leave Insurance program that will start paying benefits September 3, 2023.
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Maternity Leave ≠ Sitting on Your A** Part II
February 2, 2023
This post focuses on how employers can best support their employees who have taken parental leave—both those who have given birth and those who take caregiving leave and are adjusting to new responsibilities as a parent.
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Maternity Leave ≠ Sitting on Your A**
January 19, 2023
So some of you may have seen the recent uproar over a senior (labor and employment) attorney’s text message to an associate who found another job while she was on maternity leave.
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States Jointly Issue New Paid Leave Guidance for Oregon-Washington Employers
October 14, 2022
In a rare joint issuance, the state agencies in charge of paid Family Medical Leave (FML) programs in Oregon and Washington have issued clarification on which state’s paid leave program applies for employees crossing the states’ joint border.
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Employers, You Don’t Always Have to Call Your Attorney First… Take a Look at the US DOL’s elaws Advisors
August 1, 2022
The U.S. Department of Labor has provided many free resources for employers to educate and comply with their obligations under a multitude of workplace laws.
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Employers May Use a Private Investigator to Validate an Employee’s Use of FMLA Leave
April 28, 2022
While there are plenty of employees who legitimately need and appropriately use Family and Medical Leave Act leave, there are some bad apples out there who abuse FMLA leave, and employers are often frustrated with how to deal with them.
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Maryland General Assembly Passes Paid Family and Medical Leave – What’s Next for Employers?
April 6, 2022
It provides for up to 12 weeks of paid leave for reasons that are mostly covered by the federal Family and Medical Act, and an additional 12 weeks if an employee requires both leave for their own serious health condition and to care for a child after birth/adoption/foster placement.
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Extraordinary Employee Misconduct: Making Snowboarding Movies While on FMLA?
October 8, 2021
A former Behavior Detection Officer for the TSA who worked at the Honolulu International Airport was fired for Family and Medical Leave Act abuse after his employer discovered that he was making snowboarding movies while apparently using FMLA to take an extended vacation.
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