Are you aware that there is the recently added chapter 14.16 of the Seattle Municipal Code which mandates paid sick and safe leave for employees working, even occasionally or by telecommunication, within the city limits? As of September 1, 2012, employees accrue paid sick and safe time according to a schedule based on the number of workers employed.
USCIS announces newly revised I-9 form for employers
We continue to monitor Supreme Court cases that are impactful to our clients. At this point, twenty four opinions have been released; expect the pace to pick up dramatically in the next two months. We await the affirmative action and employment decisions that were argued a few months ago. Also, the two same sex marriage cases are set for argument on March 26 and 27.
It has been 20 years since the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) was enacted. The Department of Labor has released the findings of a survey it conducted entitled Family and Medical Leave Act in 2012: Final Report.
On January 25, 2013, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights issued important guidance to schools receiving federal funding. This guidance clarifies schools’ existing legal obligations to provide equal opportunities in athletics to students with disabilities as part of the wider effort to avoid such discrimination.
The EEOC’s Strategic Enforcement Plan for 2013 – 2016 provides guidance of how priorities will be approached. Employers should take note and review and update their handbooks and policies to ensure they are covered.
People dealing with development “impact fees” should keep track of House Bill 1652, which was introduced into the Legislature on February 4. The bill would significantly alter how development impact fees are collected by local governments
A number of secular, for profit corporations are owned and operated by members of religious faiths whose tenants and beliefs are inapposite to the mandates of the Affordable Health Care Act. This issue of conscience vs. legality will continue to reverberate for years to come.
Employers should be aware that last week the United States Department of Labor issued Administrator’s Interpretation 2013-1, addressing Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) coverage for adult children issues. This is the first Administrator Interpretation to address this area of coverage.
The US Supreme Court has taken up another key employment decision in University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center v. Nassar.