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protected content Paid Sick Leave Alert - Maryland Legislation

Paid sick leave activity in the states is on the rise. Below, I have highlighted a few Maryland bills that have traction, provided a brief summary of the bill text, and put forth what you can do to help… More

protected content Immediate Opportunity - Paid Leave Legislation in Maryland

The Maryland legislature is currently considering a series of bills related to paid leave in the state. Although there are currently 6 active bills that fit this profile in Maryland, I’d like to draw your attention to two of them: SB 230 and SB 305… More

ERIC Comments on Maryland’s Proposed Paid Leave Bills

Companies that employ tens of thousands of workers in states across the country need consistent rules regarding employee benefits and compensation arrangements. Benefits and compensation include everything from wages to employer-sponsored healthcare and retirement plans and compensatory time off, including paid sick, paid parental and paid vacation leave… More

protected content Honeycutt v. Washington Department of Labor & Industries

On Wednesday, a court decision was reached in Washington state that is a prime example of what ERIC members are up against in wading through the ever increasing state and local paid leave laws (Honeycutt v. Washington Department of Labor & Industries , 2017 BL 27185, Wash. Ct. App., Div. 1, No. 74338-4-I, 1/30/17 ). In Honeycutt, the lawsuit was filed against Phillips 66 by two employees because of the type of leave offered and limitations on leave use… More

protected content Compare & Contrast: Paid Sick Leave Laws

As a growing number of states and local governments have passed paid sick leave legislation, large, multi-state employers are, increasingly, having to track and comply with new and often conflicting laws… More

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Press Releases

ERIC Comments on Maryland’s Proposed Paid Leave Bills

Companies that employ tens of thousands of workers in states across the country need consistent rules regarding employee benefits and compensation arrangements. Benefits and compensation include everything from wages to employer-sponsored healthcare and retirement plans and compensatory time off, including paid sick, paid parental and paid vacation leave… More

DOL Ignores Employers Pleas and Adds to Compliance Burden

The Department of Labor completely ignored the pleas of employers from across the country, as this rule will only increase their compliance burden… More

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Regulatory Documents

protected content DOL Issues Final Rule Updating FMLA Rights for Workers in Same-Sex Marriages

Under a final regulation (and accompanying documents) issued February 25 by the Department of Labor, the definition of a spouse under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) will now include all individuals in legal marriages, regardless of where they live. … More

protected content Agencies Issue New Guidance on Same-Sex Married Couples

The Department of Labor (DOL) and Social Security Administration recently issued new guidance on the treatment of same-sex couples for purposes of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and entitlement to Social Security benefits.… More

protected content DOL Issues Technical Release on DOMA Issues

The Department of Labor (DOL) on September 18 released Technical Release 2013-04, which provides guidance to employee benefit plans on the definition of “spouse” and “marriage” under ERISA following the June decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in United States v. Windsor.… More

protected content DOL Update Clarifies FMLA Leave Applies to Same-Sex Spouses Based on State Residence

The Department of Labor recently issued updated guidance explaining that Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) protection applies to same-sex spouses if the state in which they reside recognizes same-sex marriages.… More

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