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New York Paid Family Leave Benefit Level and Premium Rate Increases Announced for 2021

Just in time for the holiday weekend, the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) released its Paid Family Leave (PFL) employee premium rate and benefit level increase information for 2021.

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New York Federal Judge Expands Accessibility to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act by Striking Certain DOL Final Regulations

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) went into effect on April 1, 2020 along with the Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) regulations, which described employer obligations and employee rights under the FFCRA’s paid sick time law and expanded family medical leave to include paid family medical leave benefits.

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New Family and Medical Leave Act Forms Issued by Department of Labor

The United States Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) recently unveiled updated optional forms that employers and employees may use when applying for and coordinating Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave.

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Have Your Employees Completed the New York State Sexual Harassment Training?

The COVID-19 pandemic forced many employers to make difficult operational and personnel decisions to ensure the longevity of their business. Some businesses that were ordered to close may have been able to continue paying their employees, but many had to turn to layoffs or furloughs in order to survive.

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U.S. Supreme Court Rules That Title VII Protects LGBTQ Workers

In a landmark decision, the U.S. Supreme Court in Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia ruled that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”) protects lesbian, gay, and transgender employees from workplace discrimination.

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