DOL Increases Civil Penalty Amounts for 2019

In January, the Department of Labor (DOL) increased the civil penalty amounts that may be imposed on employers under the following federal laws: The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) The Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) These increased amounts apply … Continue reading DOL Increases Civil Penalty Amounts for 2019

Michigan Scales Back Paid Sick Leave Law

OVERVIEW On Dec. 14, 2018, Michigan substantially amended its Paid Medical Leave Act (Act), which requires employers to provide paid sick leave to eligible employees beginning in March 2019. Key changes to the Act include the following: The paid sick leave requirements only apply to employers with 50 or more employees (instead of all employers); … Continue reading Michigan Scales Back Paid Sick Leave Law

Which Federal Employment Laws Apply to My Company?

There are a number of different federal employment laws that have their own rules for covered employers. Employers should be aware of the federal employment laws that may apply to their company. An employer’s size, or number of employees, is a key factor in determining which federal employment laws the employer must comply with. Some … Continue reading Which Federal Employment Laws Apply to My Company?

New Employer Tax Credit for Paid Family and Medical Leave

OVERVIEW The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (Act), which was signed into law on Dec. 22, 2017, creates a new business tax credit for eligible employers that provide paid family and medical leave to their employees. The tax credit, which applies to taxable years beginning in 2018 and 2019, is equal to a percentage of … Continue reading New Employer Tax Credit for Paid Family and Medical Leave

Recent Court Rulings Raise Questions about FMLA

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)clearly states that when an employer knows that a worker taking leave qualifies for FMLA, it must designate the worker’s absence as FMLA leave. Despite this requirement, some employers let employees choose whether to designate their leave as FMLA leave. Two recent court cases have highlighted why this approach … Continue reading Recent Court Rulings Raise Questions about FMLA