Recent Blog Posts
- Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave Provides New Worker Notices and Posters, and Issues Final Regulations As previously reported, last week the Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave (“DFML”) announced several changes, both substantive and procedural, to the state’s Paid Family and Medical Leave program (“PFML”). This week, the DFML has provided further guidance on changes to the worker notice requirements, issued new workplace posters, and posted the final regulations.
Updates to Notice Requirement
As part of its June 14, 2019 announcement, the DFML changed the deadline for employers to provide required notices to workers for... More
- Massachusetts Sets New Deadlines and Contribution Rates for the Paid Family and Medical Leave Program, and Anticipates Further Changes As we previously reported, the Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave (“DFML”) recently extended the deadline for employers to provide notice to employees of their rights and obligations under the State’s Paid Family and Medical Leave (“PFML”) law. Subsequently, on June 11, 2019, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, state Senate President Karen Spilka, and state House Speaker Robert DeLeo released a joint statement announcing that implementation of certain aspects of the PFML program are being pushed back, and that “technical... More
- As Summer Approaches, the SDNY Once Again Provides Hope for Businesses Exhausted by Repeated Website Accessibility Lawsuits While businesses have long grown weary of the plaintiff bar’s seemingly endless stream of website accessibility lawsuits, it appears that judges in the SDNY may be increasingly feeling the same way. For the second time this spring, following on the back of the decision in Mendez v. Apple, a judge in the SDNY, in the case of Diaz v. The Kroger Co., 18-cv-7953 (KPF),has granted a business’ motion to dismiss a website accessibility lawsuit. While decided on multiple grounds, the... More
- Employee Benefits Crash Course Webinar Series: Hot New Benefits Our Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation practice now offers on-demand “crash courses” on diverse topics. You can access these courses on your own schedule. Keep up to date with the latest trends in benefits and compensation, or obtain an overview of an important topic addressing your programs.
In each compact, 15-minute installment, a member of our team will guide you through a topic. This on-demand series should be of interest to all employers that sponsor benefits and compensation programs.
In our newest installment, Cassandra Labbees, an Associate in the Employee... More
- Keep Harassment Policies in Mind During Summer Events Outside the Workplace Our colleagues Frances L. Kenajian and Nathaniel M. Glasser at Epstein Becker Green has a post on the Technology Employment Law Blog that will be of interest to our readers in the retail industry: “Summer Networking Events: Workplace Harassment Can Happen Outside the Workplace.”
Following is an excerpt:
Under federal law, as well as the law of many states, cities, and municipalities, sexual harassment is considered a type of prohibited gender discrimination. New York City and New York State now require employers to provide their employees with anti-sexual harassment... More
- Retail Roundtable Event Hosted by EBG in New York City Please join Nathaniel M. Glasser, Elizabeth K. McManus, Jeremy M. Brown, and Joshua A. Stein for an engaging and informative discussion of topical labor and employment issues facing all retailers. The presenters will address cutting-edge employment matters and share best practices in a private forum in which all attendees can freely participate, exchange insights, and network with colleagues.
Topics will include:
Artificial Intelligence for Recruiting and Selection
We will discuss the legal and practical implications of the various types of artificial intelligence (AI)... More
- Pre-Employment Drug Testing to be Banned Under New NYC Bill Our colleagues Nathaniel M. Glasser, Lauri F. Rasnick, Michael F. McGahan, Steven M. Swirsky, Amanda M. Gómez, and Anastasia A. Regne at Epstein Becker Green have recently published a post on the Health Employment and Labor Blog that will be of interest to our readers in the retail industry: “NYC Bill Banning Pre-Employment Marijuana Drug Testing Becomes Law.”
Following is an excerpt:
As we previously reported, on April 9, 2019, the New York City Council passed Int. 1445-A, which prohibits employers from pre-employment drug testing for marijuana and tetrahydrocannabinols (“THC,” the... More
- New Jersey Governor Signs Law to Expand Family Leave Act Our colleague Maxine Neuhauser at Epstein Becker Green has a post on the Technology Employment Law Blog that will be of interest to our readers in the retail industry: “New Jersey Issues Updated Family Leave Act and Family Leave Insurance Act Posters.”
Following is an excerpt:
On February 19, 2019, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed into law A 3975 (“the Law”), which significantly expanded the state’s the Family Leave Act (“NJFLA”), Family Leave Insurance Act (“NJFLI”), and Security and Financial Empowerment Act (“SAFE Act”). We... More
- Employment Law This Week®: EEOC Pay Data Deadline, Class Arbitration Ruling, Scope of Title VII, Marijuana Drug Test Ban, “Wage Theft” Hearing This Employment Law This Week® Monthly Rundown discusses the most important developments for employers heading into May 2019.
First up this month, the confusion is over for employers. EEO-1 pay data does not need to be submitted to the EEOC by the end of the month. In what may be the final chapter of the EEO-1 pay data reporting issue, a federal judge in Washington, D.C., ruled that the deadline would be postponed until September 30, 2019. Our colleague Robert J. O’Hara shares his insights in this month’s... More
- Massachusetts Extends Compliance Deadlines for Two Key Paid Family and Medical Leave Law Obligations As we previously reported, the Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave (“DFML”) recently issued regulations and guidance concerning employers’ obligations under the Paid Family and Medical Leave Law (“PFML”), including a quick-approaching deadline for providing notice to employees of their rights under the PFML. On May 1, the DFML announced that it is extending the deadline for employers to provide the employee notice from May 31, 2019 to June 30, 2019.
In addition, the DFML has moved the deadline for... More