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Breaking News - June 2019

Earned Employee Leave

In late May, Maine’s governor signed into law an act authorizing “Earned Employee Leave” that is different from other paid family and sick leave laws that have been enacted around the country. The act will require covered employers to provide employees with up to 40 hours of paid family leave each calendar year. However, this would be the first law to allow employees to use earned paid leave for any purpose, including non-medical personal reasons.

EEOC

Time Warner Cable and Charter Communications agreed to pay $99,800 to settle an EEOC disability lawsuit filed locally in Los Angeles. According to the suit, an employee requiring a leave of absence for surgery to remove a cancerous nodule from her thyroid was fired while she was recovering from surgery. Her termination took place only 10 days after the surgery and three weeks before she was set to return to work.
Not surprisingly, the EEOC charged that the employer had failed to provide a reasonable accommodation for her disability. Instead, they unlawfully terminated her employment despite knowing she had undergone potentially life-saving surgery to remove the cancerous nodule and was improving.

California New Parent Leave Act (NPLA)

I hope those of you with 20 -49 employees are aware of California’s New Parent Leave Act (NPLA) which now provides 12-weeks of parental leave for eligible employees to bond with a new child. If not, please go to the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) website for complete information on this program.
Because of this new act, the DFEH has recently updated its poster entitled “Family Care and Medical Leave and Pregnancy Disability Leave.”
Please note that this poster must be displayed by any employer with more than 20 employees. This poster can be downloaded from the DFEH website.

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