Paid Leave

More States Mandate Paid "Safe Leave" for Victims of Domestic Abuse

New Zealand made headlines last month after members of Parliament approved a bill allowing up to ten days of paid leave from work each year for victims of domestic violence. Under this new law, which will take effect beginning on April 1, 2019, employees in New Zealand may raise a dispute if they believe that their employer unreasonably refused a request for leave. The law also explicitly prohibits adverse treatment of any employee on the grounds that they are, or are suspected to be, a person affected by domestic violence. With this law, New Zealand joined the Philippines as the only countries to federally mandate paid leave for victims of domestic violence. Several provinces in Canada currently offer similar paid leave. (more…)

We previously updated you about the status and provisions of the Maryland Health Working Families Act (the “Act”), which would mandate paid sick and safe leave of up to 40 hours. You may read our June 2017 article describing the provisions of the Act here.

After much angst and a few political gyrations, Maryland’s House (88-52) and Senate (30-17) voted last week to override Governor Larry Hogan’s 2017 veto of the Maryland Health Working Families Act (the “Act”). Unless the Senate and House pass emergency legislation to delay the effective date of the Act, currently being discussed by certain Maryland Senators, the Act will become law on February 11, 2018, 30 days after the January 12, 2018 Senate vote. (more…)

President Obama may soon issue an executive order mandating that employers who contract with the Federal government, and their subcontractors, provide paid sick leave to employees.  A report in The New York Times released a draft of the executive order, which was marked “confidential” as well as “pre-decisional and determinative;” therefore, the specifics of the executive order are subject to change.  (more…)

It seems that with every passing day more cities and states adopt ordinances and statutes governing paid sick leave. At present, three states and eighteen cities have enacted laws providing for paid sick leave. The states are Connecticut, California, and Massachusetts, and the cities are as follows: San Francisco, California; Washington, D.C.; Seattle, Washington; Portland, Oregon; New York, New York; Jersey City, Newark, Passaic, East Orange, Paterson, Irvington, Trenton, Montclair, and Bloomfield in New Jersey; Eugene, Oregon; Oakland, California; Tacoma, Washington; and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (more…)

This year’s winter weather has wreaked havoc on many parts of the country. Employees have been unable to travel to work, and businesses throughout major cities have shut down their offices. Office closures are costly to businesses, and employers frequently have questions about whether they must pay their employees in the event of such closures. The Fair Labor Standards Act provides answers. (more…)