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

Deadlines Extended for Paid Family and Medical Leave Notification and Exemption Requirements

2019-05-09T14:57:29+00:00 May 9th, 2019|Categories: Catherine M. DiVita, FMLA, Human Resources Compliance, Laws & Regulations|Tags: , , |

On May 1, the Department of Family and Medical Leave (“Department”) extended two deadlines for employer obligations in complying with Paid Family Medical Leave Act, G. L. c. 175M (“Act”). First, the deadline for providing written notice to employees of the rights and benefits available under the Act has been

Guidance Released on Notifying Employees of Paid Family and Medical Leave by May 31, 2019

2019-04-23T13:41:26+00:00 April 23rd, 2019|Categories: Catherine M. DiVita, FMLA, Human Resources Compliance, Laws & Regulations|Tags: , , |

On April 18, the Department of Family and Medical Leave (“Department”) released guidance on the notifications that must be provided to employees under the Paid Family Medical Leave Act, G. L. c. 175M (“Act”), by May 31. The guidance lists the information that must be included in the notice, which

UPDATE: Massachusetts Issues Draft Regulations for Paid Family Medical Leave Act

2019-04-10T19:20:04+00:00 April 10th, 2019|Categories: Catherine M. DiVita, FMLA, Human Resources Compliance, Laws & Regulations|Tags: , , |

On March 29, the Department of Family and Medical Leave (“Department”) issued updated draft regulations that further expand upon the Paid Family Medical Leave Act (“Act”), G. L. c. 175M. The Department released an initial draft on January 23, which we covered in a prior post, in advance of listening sessions to be held

Department of Labor Proposes Rule to Extend Overtime Eligibility to One Million Workers

2019-03-12T20:42:45+00:00 March 12th, 2019|Categories: Brian J. Killoy, DOL, Human Resources Compliance, Labor Law & NLRB, Laws & Regulations, Wage & Hour|

The Department of Labor (“DOL”) has issued its much-anticipated proposed rule on the minimum salary level for an employee to potentially qualify as exempt from overtime eligibility under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). Since a federal district court enjoined the Obama administration's own proposal in late 2016, industry watchers had been anxiously waiting

Massachusetts Issues Draft Regulations for Paid Family Medical Leave Act

2019-02-06T21:04:39+00:00 February 6th, 2019|Categories: Catherine M. DiVita, FMLA, Human Resources Compliance, Laws & Regulations|

On January 23, the Department of Family and Medical Leave (“Department”) issued draft regulations expanding upon the Paid Family Medical Leave Act (“Act”), G. L. c. 175M, which was enacted last June. As we previously reported, the Act provides that nearly all employees will be eligible for up to 20

NLRB Revised Its Independent Contractor Test to Focus on Entrepreneurial Opportunity

2019-01-31T17:15:27+00:00 January 31st, 2019|Categories: Daniel Fishman, Human Resources Compliance, Independent Contractor, Labor Law & NLRB, NLRB|

On January 25, 2019, the federal National Labor Relations Board revised its own test to determine whether a worker is properly classified as an independent contractor. The new test in SuperShuttle DFW places a worker’s “entrepreneurial opportunity for gain or loss” at the core of its independent contractor analysis. The

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