The U.S. Department of Labor Provides Clarity for Paid Leave Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

2020-09-24T15:23:24+00:00 September 24th, 2020|Categories: Catherine M. DiVita, COVID-19, Daniel Fishman, FMLA, Human Resources Compliance, Laws & Regulations, Regulatory Compliance|Tags: , , , , , , |

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) in March required employers to implement new forms of paid leave during the height of the pandemic. Since then, eligibility questions have arisen as employees try to take advantage of the leave and courts scrutinize the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”)’s related regulations.

Massachusetts Finalizes Amendments to Paid Family and Medical Leave Regulations

2020-07-22T15:39:02+00:00 July 22nd, 2020|Categories: Catherine M. DiVita, COVID-19, FMLA, Human Resources Compliance, Laws & Regulations|Tags: , , , , , , , |

The Department of Family and Medical Leave (“Department”) has published an unofficial version of amended regulations under the Paid Family Medical Leave Act, M.G.L. c. 175M. The original regulations, 458 CMR 2.00, went into effect on July 1, 2019. In May 2020, the Department released proposed amendments to the regulations

Massachusetts Issues Proposed Amendments to Paid Family and Medical Leave Regulations

2020-05-19T13:07:44+00:00 May 19th, 2020|Categories: Catherine M. DiVita, COVID-19, FMLA, Human Resources Compliance, Laws & Regulations|Tags: , , , , , , , |

The latest update in the rollout of paid family and medical leave in Massachusetts is proposed amendments to regulations issued under the Paid Family Medical Leave Act (“Act”), M.G.L. c. 175M. The Act entitles workers to up to 20 weeks of job-protected medical leave starting January 1, 2021 and up

Massachusetts Issues Guidance on Private Insurance Plans for Paid Family and Medical Leave Benefits

2020-05-18T16:19:12+00:00 April 17th, 2020|Categories: Catherine M. DiVita, COVID-19, FMLA, Human Resources Compliance, Laws & Regulations|Tags: , , , , , , , |

With the unprecedented issues raised by COVID-19 in Massachusetts and around the world, paid family and medical leave (“PFML”) has become more important than ever. Massachusetts continues to implement its Paid Family Medical Leave Act (“Act”), G. L. c. 175M, which was enacted in June, 2018. The Act entitles workers

Key Takeaways For Employers From the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

2020-03-23T21:54:03+00:00 March 23rd, 2020|Categories: FMLA, Human Resources Compliance, Julie M. Muller, Kathleen O'Toole|Tags: , , , , , |

On March 18, 2020, President Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) into law in response to the public health emergency caused by COVID-19.  This is a sweeping legislation that has an immediate impact on millions of employees and employers.  The FFCRA is divided into eight sections (Divisions

UPDATE: Paid Family and Medical Leave in Massachusetts – Contributions Delayed; Rate Increased; Amendments Adopted; Final Regulations Issued

2019-06-26T17:06:33+00:00 June 26th, 2019|Categories: Catherine M. DiVita, FMLA, Human Resources Compliance, Laws & Regulations|Tags: , , |

Employers will now have extra time to comply with the Paid Family Medical Leave Act, G. L. c. 175M (“Act”), and more clarity on how to do so, thanks to delays implemented by state leaders and regulations issued by the Department of Family and Medical Leave (“Department”). On June 13,

Massachusetts Delays Start for Contributions to Paid Family and Medical Leave Program

2019-06-12T21:36:08+00:00 June 12th, 2019|Categories: Catherine M. DiVita, FMLA, Human Resources Compliance, Laws & Regulations|Tags: , , |

On June 11, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, along with state house and senate leaders, agreed to a three-month extension for employers to begin collecting contributions under the Paid Family Medical Leave Act, G. L. c. 175M (“Act”), from July 1 to October 1. A joint statement issued by Governor Baker,

Groups Request Extension of Deadline to Begin Collecting Paid Family and Medical Leave Contributions and Propose Amendments to Law

2019-06-04T19:19:49+00:00 June 4th, 2019|Categories: Catherine M. DiVita, FMLA, Human Resources Compliance, Laws & Regulations|Tags: , , |

On May 20, nine advocacy groups submitted a letter to state leaders requesting a three-month extension of the July 1 deadline to begin collecting contributions under the Paid Family Medical Leave Act, G. L. c. 175M (“Act”), to October 1, and proposing several amendments to the Act. Currently, employers must

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