FFCRA Leave Rules in Limbo After Court Decision

Under the Families First Coronavirus Relief Act (FFCRA), certain employers are required to provide employees with paid sick time to the extent that the employees are unable to work or telework due to a need for leave based on six qualifying reasons. Congress tasked the Department of Labor (DOL) with administering FFCRA, but on August […]

Washington Paid Sick Leave law

Starting January 1, 2018, employers in Washington will be required to provide most of their employees with sick leave. Accrual Most employees must accrue paid sick leave at a minimum rate of one hour of paid sick leave for every 40 hours worked. This includes part-time and seasonal workers. Paid sick leave must be paid […]

Takeaways from the Oregon Equal Pay Act

To recap our previous post, wage discrepancies between employees may only be based on the following bona fide reasons: A seniority system; A merit system; A system measuring earnings by quantity or quality of production (including piece rate); Workplace location; Travel (if necessary and regular for employees); Education; Training; Experience; or A combination of these […]

Oregon Sick Leave

Beginning January 1, 2016, Oregon employers will be required to provide up to 40 hours of sick time each year, depending on how many hours an employee works. Employers with 10 or more employees (six or more for Portland employers) must offer these hours as paid sick time. Who Is Covered? The law applies to […]

Minimum Wage changes for 2015

Nearly half the states are increasing their minimum wages effective January 1, 2015.  Our chart shows you at a glance which states saw increases and what the minimum wage rate is for each state in 2015.  Click here:  Minimum Wage Chart.

Go! The Employer Mandate is here

After controversy, debate, and delays, the Employer Mandate has arrived. This provision of the Affordable Care Act (also known as the “Play or Pay” provision) requires all employers with 50 or more full-time equivalent employees to offer a certain level of health insurance coverage at an affordable rate to all full-time employees or face a […]

Coming January 1: The ACA Employer Mandate

Two requirements of health care reform that affect employers will be going into effect on January 1, 2015. First, after much debate and delay, the first phase of the Employer Mandate (or “Play or Pay” Provision) will begin. Once it is fully implemented, this provision of the Affordable Care Act will require all employers with […]

Planning for that “Someday”

Are employees in your organization saving enough for their retirement? Someday, each of us would like to relax and enjoy the fruits of our labor. In general, Americans are not saving enough for that “Someday” when they will retire. Most don’t have pensions and must depend on Social Security for most of their income. Social […]

Portland Sick Leave

Portland’s Protected Sick Time Ordinance mandates the provision of up to 40 hours of sick leave per year to all employees of at least 90 days and who have worked at least 240 hours in a year within Portland city limits. Employers with 6 or more employees must provide at least one hour of paid […]

Vacation or Paid Time Off?

Traditionally, employers offered separate paid time off benefits to employees, such as paid vacation, sick leave and personal days.  In recent years, however, many companies have moved to a more flexible Paid Time Off or “PTO” benefit that incorporates all policies into one all-inclusive plan. There are different opinions on whether employers benefit from offering […]