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Massachusetts - Final Regulations for Paid Family and Medical Leave

Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) is a state-offered benefit for anyone who works in Massachusetts and is eligible to take up to 26 weeks of paid leave for medical or family reasons. PFML is funded through a Massachusetts tax, and is separate from both the federally mandated benefits offered by the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and from leave benefits that may be offered by an employer. On July 24, 2020, the Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave (DFML) r ...Read More..

California - Uber Lyft and Misclassification

On August 10, 2020, and in People of the State of California vs. Uber and Lyft, No. CGC-20-584402, a California Superior Court Judge in San Francisco County issued a preliminary injunction against Uber and Lyft that requires them to stop classifying the ...Read More..

Georgia - Lactation Accommodations

On August 5, 2020, Georgia governor Brian Kemp signed legislation (HB 1090) amending the state’s lactation accommodation requirements, as follows: Employers must provide a reasonable amount of break time to an employee who desires to express breast milk at the worksite during work hours. Any break time must be paid at ...Read More..

Illinois - COVID-19 Frontline Workers and Aggravated Battery

On August 7, 2020, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed legislation (SB 471) amending the definition of aggravated battery to include an offense targeting a merchant (which is defined as an owner, o ...Read More..

New Mexico - Mandatory COVID-19 Reporting for Employers

Effective August 5, 2020, the New Mexico Environment Department’s temporary emergency amendment requires employers to report COVID-19 cases within four hours of learning that an employee tested positive for the virus. This requ ...Read More..

Georgia - COVID-19 Limited Liability

On August 5, 2020, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed legislation (SB 359) limiting certain liability related to COVID-19. Under the law, no healthcare facility, healthcare provider, entity, or individual will be held liable for damages in an action involving a COVID-19 liability claim unless the person bringing the ...Read More..

Federal - ADA and Opioid Abuse

On August 5, 2020, the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released a guidance addressing employees and the use of codeine, oxycodone, and other opioids. This guidance explains the nondiscrimination and reasonable accommodation provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) that are applicable those not engaged in current, illegal drug use ...Read More..

Illinois - Mandatory Adverse Judgment Reporting FAQs for Employers

On July 28, 2020, the Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR) released FAQs for Employers under Section 5/2-108 for the employer disclosure requirements under the state’s Workplace Transparency Act (IWTA). Under the IWTA, beginning July 1, 2020 and by each July 1 thereafter, each employer that had an adverse judgment or administrative r ...Read More..

New York - US District Court of Southern District of New York Invalidates Portions of FFCRAAnchor

On August 3, 2020, the U.S. District Court of New York (SDNY) issued a ruling& ...Read More..

California - Updated COVID-19 Guidance

On July 24, 2020, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing released an updated guidance for employers about COVID-19 addressing: Civil Rights During a Pandemic: Civil rights laws are in effect during a pandemic, the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) prohibits discriminati ...Read More..