Category Archives: Leave Laws

FMLA Rules to Expand Definition of Spouse to Include Same-Sex Spouses

The Department of Labor has announced new rules expanding the definition of “spouse” under the Family Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”).  Under the new rules, eligible employees may take FMLA leave to care for a same-sex spouse.  The new rules become effective March 27, 2015. The FMLA applies to employers with at least 50 employees within a 75-mile radius.  To be eligible for FMLA leave, employees must have worked for the company at least 1,250 hours within the previous 12 months.  … Continue reading

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TACOMA JOINS SEATTLE WITH ITS OWN PAID SICK LEAVE ORDINANCE

The City of Tacoma has now joined the paid leave party, started by San Francisco, Seattle and Portland.  On January 27, 2015, the Tacoma City Council passed an ordinance regulating paid leave requirements.  The law takes effect on February 1, 2016. Unlike Seattle and Portland, the new law does not differentiate between the businesses size.  All employers – no matter the size – are required to provide paid sick leave as detailed by the ordinance and the impending administrative rules. … Continue reading

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Employers Beware: Your No-Fault, Points-Based Attendance Policies May Violate the Law

Under “no-fault” attendance policies, employees accumulate a set number of “points” per absence — regardless of the reason for the absence. After an employee accumulates a pre-designated number of points, the employee is usually subjected to increasing levels of discipline ending with termination. Understandably, these policies are often used by companies that cannot expend time or resources to determine the reason(s) for each absence. While the policies may seem fair and make sense from a business standpoint, they also create … Continue reading

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Employers in Washington and Oregon Should be Aware of Paid Sick / Safe Time Requirements in Seattle and Portland

Two years ago the City of Seattle passed a new ordinance regulating paid sick and safe leave to employees.  Portland has recently followed suit.  As a result, if Employers have employees who perform work in Seattle or Portland – even on an occasional basis – they may be required to pay sick or safe time in accordance with those city ordinances. Seattle Paid Sick / Safe Time Under Seattle’s regulations, employers are required to provide paid sick/safe time (“PSST”) if … Continue reading

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