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As of January 1, employees in Massachusetts have been able to apply to the Department of Family and Medical Leave (DFML) for job-protected time off and wage replacement benefits under the Paid Family and Medical Leave Law (PFMLL). The DFML has been hard at work implementing procedures to process claims
On December 16, 2020, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) published guidance on administering COVID-19 vaccinations in the workplace and provided information about religious and medical exemptions to mandatory vaccination programs. Despite this guidance, which suggests that mandatory vaccination programs are acceptable, at
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On December 16, 2020, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) added nine new questions about COVID vaccination to its pre-existing guidance “What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO Laws.” The new questions appear in Section K. This HRW Client Alert covers the key takeaways.
This HRW Client Alert provides a brief overview of employer obligations and options when faced
with a religious accommodation request. Employers are strongly encouraged to discuss
accommodation requests with counsel as the decision whether to grant such requests is fact
specific and may depend on the workplace, the employee’s position, the basis for the request, and
evolving science and public health concerns.
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Massachusetts employers subject to the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) may be wondering whether and how to amend their existing FMLA policies for consistency with the new Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Law (PFMLL), under which employees will be eligible to take paid medical and family leave starting on January 1, 2021. There is still time to adjust FMLA policies, but one aspect of a typical FMLA policy might require prompt attention: the method for calculating the 12-month period applicable to an employee’s leave entitlement. Most employers use the “rolling look-back” method, but this option is not available under the PFMLL. If an employer wishes to change its FMLA policy to align with the PFMLL in this area the employer must bear in mind that FMLA regulations require 60 days’ notice to employees before making a change.
The United States Department of Labor (“DOL”) has issued revised regulations concerning paid leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”). The revisions, effective September 16, 2020, were made in response to an August 3, 2020, federal district court decision in New York invalidating various aspects of the original regulations promulgated on April 1, 2020
BOSTON, MA – Hirsch Roberts Weinstein LLP is proud to announce that Janette A. Ekanem was elected the President of the Massachusetts Black Women Attorneys (MBWA) effective this month.
Janette A. Ekanem represents businesses, nonprofits, human service providers, colleges, universities, and other entities in a variety of employment matters. Her
BOSTON, MA – Hirsch Roberts Weinstein LLP is proud to announce that Richard Loftus and Elizabeth Monnin-Browder were elected to the partnership effective September 1, 2020.
Richard Loftus advises and represents his clients on an array of employment-related issues, including wage and hour disputes, employment discrimination cases, and restrictive covenants.
The Department of Family and Medical Leave (DFML) just issued final regulations implementing the Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Law (PFMLL). Employees will become eligible for paid time off under the PFMLL starting on January 1, 2021. Between now and then, we anticipate that the DFML will be issuing additional guidance on the logistics, sample healthcare provider certification forms, and other compliance assistance information and documents. In the meantime, we are pleased to provide this HRW Client Alert discussing a number of important “big picture” issues raised by the regulations for employers to consider now.