New York Passes Nation’s First Comprehensive Paid Family Leave Law
New York is the first state to provide full pay to employees who take family leave.
California Expands Job-Protected Leave for New Parents
Over two million employees will now have access to job-protected leave.
Circuit Court Ruling: Sexual Orientation Discrimination Is Illegal Under Title VII
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit became the highest court in the country to rule that sexual orientation discrimination is illegal under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Updated Employment Discrimination Chart for The Job Description Handbook
Some charts, located in Appendix C of The Job Description Handbook, have been updated as of April 2017
Arizona Passes Paid Sick Leave Law
Arizona employees are entitled to paid leave for illness and other reasons.
Washington Passes Paid Sick Leave Law
Washington employees are entitled to paid leave for illness and other reasons.
Vermont Passes Paid Sick Leave Law
Beginning in 2017, employers in Vermont must provide paid sick leave to employees.
District of Columbia Passes Paid Family Leave Law
Beginning in 2020, D.C. employees can receive benefits when they take time off for certain medical and caretaking reasons.
Rhode Island Passes Paid Sick Leave Law
On September 28, 2017, Rhode Island became the eighth state to pass a paid sick leave law.
Employers Must Use New I-9 Form in 2017
It’s time for employers to switch over to the new Form I-9.
Department of Labor’s Overtime Rule Invalidated By Federal Court
Overtime eligibility will not be expanded.
Correction to The Employer’s Legal Handbook
The 12th Edition of The Employer’s Legal Handbook has an error on page 104.
Oregon Passes Paid Sick Leave Law
Oregon is the fourth state to pass a paid sick leave law.
Pardon Our Error: Correction to State Health Insurance Continuation Laws Chart
Our chart on State Health Insurance Continuation Laws, which appears in several of our books, was printed with an error with regard to Connecticut.
Massachusetts Passes Paid Sick Leave Law
Employees have the right to sick leave in Massachusetts.
California Passes Paid Sick Leave Law Legal Update
Employees have the right to sick leave in California.
Supreme Court Clarifies Employer’s Duty to Accommodate Pregnant Employees
The U.S. Supreme Court weighs in on an employer’s duty to provide reasonable accommodation to pregnant employees.
Department of Labor Publishes New FMLA Forms
Employers subject to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) can now find updated versions of the FMLA forms on the Department of Labor’s website.
New FMLA Regulations Move to a “Place of Celebration” Rule for Same-Sex Spouses
Same-sex spouses in all states may now take FMLA leave to care for each other.
EEOC Prosecuting Transgender Discrimination Cases
In a historic move, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed its first lawsuits on behalf of transgender employees on September 25, 2014.
Temporary Total Disability Rates for California Workers’ Comp to Increase in 2015
In 2015, some injured workers will get increased temporary total disability (TTD) benefits, thanks to a rise of over 2 1/2% in California's state average weekly wage (SAWW) over the past year.
Another Delay for Employer Mandate Under Obamacare
There has been yet another delay in implementing the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare).
District of Columbia Expands Paid Sick Leave Law
As of February 22, 2014, employers in the District of Columbia will need to comply with an amended law that significantly expands employee rights to paid sick leave.
Rhode Island's Temporary Caregiver Insurance (TCI) Provides Paid Family Leave
Rhode Island employees will be eligible for paid family leave.
Oregon Passes Bereavement Leave Law
As of January 1, 2014, Oregon employers of a certain size will be required to provide eligible employees with unpaid bereavement leave.
Index for Create Your Own Employee Handbook, Sixth Edition
Whoops! In the sixth edition of Create Your Own Employee Handbook, we provided the wrong index.
Pardon Our Error: Correction to State Overtime Charts
Our chart on State Overtime Laws was printed with a couple of mistakes: Connecticut and Indiana do NOT have a daily overtime standard.
Obamacare Employer Mandate Suddenly Postponed
On July 2, 2013, the Obama administration made the surprise announcement that it would not enforce the reporting requirements or the "shared responsibility" payments (fines) portions of the health care reform law until 2015.
Aftermath of the DOMA Decision: FMLA and COBRA Cover Same-Sex Spouses
When the Supreme Court struck down part of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), it expanded employment rights for employees with same-sex spouses.
Wellness Program Rules Issued
In June 2013, the Treasury Department, Labor Department, and Health and Human Services Department jointly issued final regulations covering employer wellness programs under Obamacare.
Final FMLA Regulations Now in Effect
Last month, the Department of Labor’s new regulations implementing legislative changes to the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) went into effect.
Employer Mandate Clarified in Regulations
In recent months, the IRS and other government agencies have issued proposed and final regulations that clarify the employer mandate in the Affordable Care Act.
New I-9 Form Released
Last week, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a new version of Form I-9: Employment Eligibility Verification.
Surviving Parents of a Deceased Worker Are Not Presumed to Be Dependent: California Workers' Comp
Chapter 15, Death Benefits of Nolo's California Workers' Comp discusses which relatives are presumed to be financial dependents of a deceased worker, and thus entitled to a worker' comp death benefit.
Requiring Confidentiality in Investigations Could Lead to Legal Trouble
Workplace complaints and investigations can polarize a workplace.