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Public Policy Webinar: Update on State and Local Paid Leave
During this webinar, we provide an overview of recent state and local paid leave developments.
Aug 23, 2019
State and Local Mandated Paid Sick Leave Tool
The tool allows you to choose the applicable localities in which you have employees and produces a custom chart that includes the detailed requirements for each state/locality and identifies standard requirements across the laws/ordinances of interest to aid companies in creating standardized sick leave benefits across all relevant jurisdictions (with caveats noted).
Aug 23, 2019
Chart: State and Local Wage Replacement Laws for Parental and Family Leave
A regularly updated chart tracking State and local laws on paid parental and family leave.
Aug 8, 2019
Connecticut Enacts Paid Family & Medical Leave Law, Beginning 2021
Connecticut's new Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program is the most generous state paid family and medical leave program in the country to date.
Jul 3, 2019
Nevada Enacts Paid Leave Law, Effective 1/1/2020
Last week, Nevada passed a paid leave law, which, like Maine, requires employers to provide paid leave for any reason.
Jun 17, 2019
State and Local Mandated Paid Sick Leave Map
A visual representation of state and local paid sick leave ordinances that also highlights state laws preempting local paid sick leave mandates.
Jun 14, 2019
Maine Enacts Paid Leave Law, Effective 1/1/2021
Maine's governor signed into law An Act Authorizing Earned Employee Leave, which makes Maine the first state to require employers to provide paid leave for any reason.
Jun 3, 2019
Addendum - State and Local Paid Sick Leave Laws & Family Members for Whom Employees Can Take Caregiving Leave
This addendum contains a link to the state and local paid sick leave laws and the details of the family members for whom employees can take leave to provide caregiving.
May 30, 2019
Tenets For Equitable and Administrable Paid Sick Leave Benefits
The Business Group supports employers determining the appropriate amount of paid leave for their unique workforces. However, given the proliferation of state and local laws and Congress' inaction to provide federal uniformity, the Business Group developed tenets that employers can share with lawmakers inclined to legislate in this area geared towards reducing administrative burden and removing restrictions on innovative plan designs.
May 13, 2019
Dallas Passes Paid Sick Leave Ordinance as State Bill to Stop Local Action Advances
Late last month, the City Council of Dallas passed an ordinance requiring employers to provide paid sick leave to employees by August 21, 2019, mirroring similar ordinances in Austin and San Antonio.
May 9, 2019
National Business Group on Health's Position on Paid Sick Leave Laws
Large employers want paid leave to be simple, fair and benefit the well-being of employees and their families.
May 8, 2019
Public Policy Webinar: Update on Federal and State Leave Requirements, HSA Rules, and Other Regulatory Issues
During this webinar, we discuss the latest federal and state regulatory developments, including state paid leave rules, HSA and FMLA guidance, and ACA updates.
Mar 29, 2019
President's Budget Calls for 6 Weeks of Paid Parental Leave, Republican Senators Introduce Paid Parental Leave Bill
Last week, President Trump released the Administration's 2020 Budget, with an accompanying Fact Sheet, calling for at least 6 weeks of paid family leave for new parents, including adoptive parents, to recover from childbirth or to bond with their new child.
Mar 22, 2019
MA Proposes Paid Leave Rules, Including Employer Contribution Rules
The new Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave issued proposed regulations addressing topics such as employer contributions, benefit amounts, and claims and appeals procedures.
Feb 5, 2019
Virginia House Democrats Introduce Paid Family and Medical Leave Bill Providing Up to 12 Weeks Pay per Year
Earlier this month, Virginia House Delegate Jennifer Carroll Foy (D) introduced a bill that would provide employees with up to 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave per year for qualifying events
Jan 31, 2019
NBGH Comments on Employer Credit for Paid Family and Medical Leave
The Business Group, in response to the Internal Revenue Service's request for comments, recommended flexible administrative procedures for employers claiming the new employer credit for paid family and medical leave.
Jan 30, 2019
California Governor to Push Extending Paid Family Leave to 6 Months
According to recent news stories, California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) may introduce a proposal in his annual budget calling for extending the state's existing paid family leave from the current 6 weeks to 6 months.
Jan 14, 2019
Michigan Legislature Adopts Business-Friendly Amendments to Paid Sick Leave Law
Last week during Michigan's lame duck legislative session, state lawmakers passed a bill that would make business-friendly amendments to a paid sick law (PSL) adopted in September.
Dec 13, 2018
Austin Appeals Court Strikes Down Paid Sick Leave Mandate
Last Friday, the Austin-based Texas Third Court of Appeals struck down the City of Austin's Earned Sick Time Ordinance in a unanimous 3 – 0 decision stating that the Texas Minimum Wage Act, which preempts localities from setting different wage standards than the state, preempts the local ordinance according to the Texas Constitution.
Nov 20, 2018
Westchester County NY Passes Paid Sick Leave Mandate
Earlier this month, the Westchester County NY Board of Legislators approved a proposed ordinance that will require employers to provide 1 hour of paid sick leave per every 30 hours worked by January 10, 2019 up to 40 hours per year.
Oct 12, 2018
Public Policy Webinar: Update on ACA, FMLA, and Other Topics
During this webinar, we discuss new regulatory guidance on the ACA, FMLA, paid leave, and other issues relevant to group health plans.
Oct 5, 2018
Mandated Paid Leave Update: What Employers Ought to Know
During this Webinar, the Business Group's public policy team will review new developments in mandated paid sick leave and parental/family leave laws. We will also highlight available tools and resources for members.
Aug 24, 2018
Bill Introduced to Use Social Security to Temporarily Pay New Parents
Earlier this month, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Representative Ann Wagner (R-MO) introduced a bill, the Economic Security for New Parents Act, that would permit new parents to receive Social Security benefits for leave durations of 1 or 2 consecutive months to bond with a new child (under age 18).
Aug 17, 2018
Massachusetts to Require Paid Family and Medical Leave
Massachusetts governor Charlie Baker signed into law a number of new tax and workplace provisions, including a new paid family and medical leave benefit for Massachusetts employees.
Jul 27, 2018
Public Policy Webinar: Regulatory Update
During this webinar, we go over new ACA guidance, state developments, and other topics relevant to group health plans. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions
Jun 29, 2018
Paid Sick Leave Laws and the Impact on Employer Leave Policies
The purpose of this survey was to learn how employers have adjusted their leave policies in order to comply with various state and locality paid sick leave (PSL) laws. The survey also looks specifically at paid sick leave programs by location, type of leave program (i.e., sick leave bank or paid time off PTO), and leave accrual process. Additionally, this survey looks at attendance policies and accountability. Fifty-six members of the Business Group responded to this survey, although the number may vary from question to question.
May 8, 2018
Paid Sick Leave Laws Enacted in NJ & Austin, TX
Today, New Jersey enacted A1827 that, beginning October 29, 2018, requires employers with employees in the state to provide 1 hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked and preempts local paid sick leave ordinances once effective. Meanwhile, in February, the City of Austin, TX passed an ordinance requiring all employers with employees in the city to provide 1 hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked.
May 2, 2018
Public Policy Webinar: Update on ACA and Other Regulatory Topics
During this webinar, we discuss regulatory developments for the ACA, transgender benefits, and other issues relevant to group health plans.
Mar 30, 2018
Public Policy Webinar: Update on Wellness Programs, ACA, and Other Regulatory Topics
During this webinar, we provide an overview of recent regulatory developments, including EEOC wellness rules, state and local paid leave laws, and ACA updates. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions
Feb 23, 2018
Maryland to Require Paid Sick Leave
Last week, Maryland's House of Delegates and Senate voted to override the governor's veto of the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act. The law, which requires Maryland employers with 15 or more employees to provide paid sick leave, is slated to become effective February 11, 2018.
Jan 17, 2018
Public Policy Webinar: How Tax Reform will Affect Health and Welfare Benefits
In the final weeks of 2017, Congress passed the new tax reform bill (H.R. 1). As the most significant change to the U.S. Tax Code since 1986, this law will have wide-ranging short and long-term effects on employers and employees alike, including in the area of employee benefits. During this webinar, we discuss how this new law will affect employer-sponsored group health, leave, and fringe benefits.
Jan 3, 2018
Public Policy Alert: Tax Reform Details – Health & Welfare Benefits
Congress passed a new tax reform bill (H.R. 1)--the most significant change to the U.S. Tax Code since 1986. This bill will have wide-ranging short and long-term effects on employers and employees alike, including in the area of employee benefits. We summarize the provisions that will be most relevant to health and welfare plan sponsors.
Dec 21, 2017
What Your CEO Is Reading: Tax Reform
In the final weeks of 2017, Congress passed the new tax reform bill (H.R. 1). As the most significant change to the U.S. Tax Code since 1986, this law will have wide-ranging short and long-term effects on employers and employees alike, including in the area of employee benefits. This article provides an overview of how this new law will affect employer-sponsored group health, leave, and fringe benefits.
Dec 20, 2017
Rhode Island Enacts Paid Sick Leave Mandate
Late last month, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo (D) signed a bill that takes effect July 1, 2018 and will require employers to offer at least 24 hours of paid sick leave (PSL) in 2018, 32 hours in 2019 and 40 hours in 2020 and beyond.
Oct 31, 2017
Mandated Paid Sick Leave and Parental/Family Leave: What Employers Ought to Know
During this Webinar, the Business Group's public policy team reviewed paid leave laws (including paid sick leave and parental/family leave laws) and highlighted available tools and resources for members.
Aug 25, 2017
Washington Enacts Paid Parental and Family Leave Law
Recently, Washington Governor Jay Inslee (D) signed a bill that, beginning in 2020, will provide employees with paid parental and medical leave for 12 – 18 weeks depending on the reason for leave.
Jul 12, 2017
Washington D.C. Enacts Expansive Leave Law Paid by Employer Payroll Taxes
In mid-February, Mayor Muriel Boswer allowed a paid leave bill to become law without her signature that will provide employees with 2 to 8 weeks of paid leave beginning July 1, 2020. Due to the unique nature of the District's Government, Congress had 30 days to review the bill before it became effective but it took no action to nullify the ordinance.
Apr 28, 2017
States Blocking Local Paid Sick Leave Laws
This chart tracks the states that have enacted laws to prevent localities from enacting paid sick leave mandates.
Apr 25, 2017
Arizona and Washington Voters Pass Paid Sick Leave Initiatives
Last Tuesday, Arizona and Washington voters passed paid sick leave (PSL) ballot initiatives by slim margins (roughly 58% – 59% voting yes vs. 42% – 41% voting no).
Nov 17, 2016
Cook County Follows Chicago’s Lead, Enacts Paid Sick Leave Mandate
Last week, the Cook County Board passed a paid sick leave mandate that largely aligns the suburbs surrounding Chicago with the rules of Chicago’s ordinance.
Oct 14, 2016
State and Local Paid Sick Leave Laws
This Numbers You Need details the state and local paid sick leave laws that are on the books.
Oct 11, 2016
Trump Proposes Six Weeks of Paid Maternity Leave
Last week, 2016 Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump proposed providing up to 6 weeks of paid leave (averaging $300 weekly) for new mothers.
Sep 22, 2016
Mandated Paid Leave: What Employers Need to Know
The National Business Group on Health and The ERISA Industry Committee held a joint webinar to discuss an issue of mutual importance to our members, mandated paid leave.
Sep 9, 2016
Chicago City Council Passes Paid Sick Leave Mandate
Last Wednesday, Chicago’s City Council joined other states and localities requiring employers to provide paid sick leave (PSL) to employees.
Jun 29, 2016
Parental Leave and Paid Family Sick Leave
The purpose of this survey is to determine how other employers manage paid parental leave that is separate from short-term disability for different types of parents. The survey also looks at paid parental leave eligibility requirements, other types of paid leave through the Family Medical Leave, and permissive leave. Twenty-nine members of the Business Group responded to this survey.
May 16, 2016
San Francisco Requires Employers to Wrap-Around California’s Parental Leave Beginning in 2017
Under the recently enacted ordinance, employers must pay up to $924 of employees’ average weekly wages.
Apr 27, 2016
Chart: Federal & State FMLA Comparison with Paid Parental and Family Leave Laws
This chart compares federal and state FMLA laws to other state mandated paid parental and family leave laws.
Apr 12, 2016
Benchmarking Health, Absence and Productivity Programs: Results from This Year's EMPAQ® Survey
During this webinar, participants will be provided with employer benchmarks around health, productivity and disability programs.
Dec 14, 2015
The Family-Friendly Employer: Top Companies Take the Lead in Parental Leave and Programs for Working Parents
This Top Solutions features successful practices from several employers that are working to create a benefit package that further supports the overall well-being of parents in their workplaces, including parental leave.
Sep 1, 2015
Public Policy Webinar: ACA Regulatory Update
During this webinar, we provide an overview of new regulatory guidance implementing the ACA and other group health plan rules, including guidance on excepted benefits, supplemental benefits, FMLA rights for same-sex married couples and new rules related to Exchanges.
Feb 27, 2015
DOL Finalizes Rules on FMLA and Same-Sex Marriage
Recently, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued final regulations extending Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) rights to same-sex spouses nationally, regardless of whether the states where the spouses reside recognize same-sex marriages.
Feb 24, 2015
National Business Group on Health's Position Statement on Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
Employers are concerned about inappropriate use and administrative difficulties with the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
Sep 22, 2014
CA Law Mandates Paid Sick Leave for Most Employees
California Governor Jerry Brown (D) signed a law that requires employers to provide at least 3 paid sick days (24 hours) to non-unionized employees who work 30 or more days annually.
Sep 17, 2014
Short-Term Disability and FMLA
The purpose of this survey was to determine how employers have designed their short-term disability (STD) benefits and FMLA programs. In particular, employers were asked how these benefits and programs differ for exempt vs. non-exempt employees. Forty-two members of the Business Group responded to this survey.
Mar 31, 2014
DOL Issues New FMLA Regulations
The DOL issued final regulations clarifying rules for calculating intermittent or reduced schedule FMLA leave. These regulations also implement FMLA provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010 and the Airline Flight Crew Technical Corrections Act.
Feb 8, 2013
Connecticut Becomes First State to Mandate Paid Sick Leave to Service Employees
Recently, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy (D-CT) signed a law that will require most Connecticut employers with more than 50 employees, except those in manufacturing, to provide paid sick leave to service employees beginning January 1, 2012.
Jul 5, 2011
Department of Labor (DoL) Clarifies FMLA Eligibility for Employees Taking Leave for Children
Employees may take FMLA leave if they have either day-to-day responsibility for care of children or if they financially support them.
Jun 24, 2010
National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Expands Military Family FMLA Leave
President Obama recently signed the 2010 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that expands the circumstances under which people can take military family FMLA leave.
Nov 2, 2009
Department of Labor Updates Rules for Family and Medical Leave (FMLA)
The Department of Labor (DoL) recently updated rules on implementing FMLA and issued rules on Military Family Leave
Nov 25, 2008
New Jersey Paid FMLA Law
Provides details on employee eligibility and employer requirements.
May 6, 2008
Congress Expands Family Leave Related to Military Service
New law expands FMLA for certain employees with family members on active duty, called to active duty, or who are injured and the employees are caregivers.
Dec 18, 2007
New California Military Spouse Leave Law
New California Law Provides Up to 10 Days of Unpaid Leave for Certain Military Spouses.
Oct 12, 2007
Washington Adopts Paid Family Leave Law
Policy Alert - May 22, 2007
May 22, 2007

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