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Three Chicago police communication officers (PCOs) used the FMLA as the ticket for time off for a Caribbean cruise together, according to a recent report from the City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG). Two of these PCO’s took a “combined ten cruises using sick leave and/or FMLA leave dating as far back as 2010,” according to the report. A fourth PCO took two FMLA Caribbean cruises. Three of the PCO’s have been discharged,…
The vast and complex patchwork of PSL laws expanded in the first quarter of 2019. This summary includes: Paid Sick Leave Laws Effective in Q1 Paid Sick Leave Laws Effective After Q1 Paid Sick Leave Bills Introduced During Q1 Paid Sick Leave Preemption Developments Alabama: Marnika Lewis v.  State of Alabama et al. (11th Cir) (Case No.17-11009)(11th Cir. July 25, 2018). The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals has decided to hear the challenge to Alabama’s minimum wage…
The Michigan Supreme Court will wade into the clash involving the constitutionality of the state’s Paid Medical Leave Act, at least to decide whether to consider the substance of that clash. In response to requests by both legislative chambers for an advisory opinion on the legality of the recently enacted state PSL law, the court scheduled a hearing on July 17, 2019. The first of three questions listed in the Court’s Order is whether it…
In the 1993 movie Groundhog Day starring  Bill Murray, events appear to repeat continually. In what had to feel like a Groundhog Day moment, .Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro and Senator Patty Warren yesterday held a press conference to introduce the Healthy Families Act … for the ninth time! Congresswoman DeLauro first introduced the bill in 2005 (along with former Senator Edward Kennedy) and has introduced the bill in every Congress since. The bill has the typical…
Schools in Jefferson County Kentucky were closed yesterday because a third of the teachers had called out sick, according to a news report. This was the fifth day in the past two weeks that schools were closed due to widespread teacher absences. With such repeated widespread absences, one might think health officials would be concerned about an epidemic. Not so in Jefferson County. Rather, the teachers have weaponized sick days by coordinating sickouts to…
The Board of Trustees of the Village of Glenview last week opted in to the Cook County Earned Sick Leave Ordinance, effective July 1, 2019. The Glenview Board had opted out of the County PSL ordinance in June 2017, just weeks before its effective date. Glenview joins the villages of Northbrook, Wilmette and Western Springs as municipalities that had initially opted out before opting in. The political change of heart in Glenview comes three…
The Board of Trustees of the Village of Glenview last week opted in to the Cook County Earned Sick Leave Ordinance, effective July 1, 2019. The Glenview Board had opted out of the County PSL ordinance in June 2017, just weeks before its effective date. Glenview joins the villages of Northbrook, Wilmette and Western Springs as municipalities that had initially opted out before opting in. The political change of heart in Glenview comes three…
The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals last week decided to hear the challenge to Alabama’s minimum wage and employment benefits preemption law en banc, meaning that all of the Court’s judges will hear the case. The triggering event for this preemption battle occurred in February 2016 when the City of Birmingham passed an ordinance increasing the minimum wage within the city. The next day, the state legislature responded by enacting the Uniform Minimum Wage and
The vast and complex patchwork of PSL laws expanded in Q4 with Michigan becoming the 11th PSL state. This summary includes: Paid Sick Leave Laws Effective in Q4 Paid Sick Leave Laws Effective After Q4 Paid Sick Leave Bills Introduced During Q4 None, though some introduced previously are still pending. Paid Sick Leave Preemption Developments Alabama: Marnika Lewis v.  State of Alabama et al. (11th Cir) (Case No.17-11009)(11th Cir. July 25, 2018). The Alabama Uniform Minimum Wage
Note January 9, 2010 on your timeline of leave management history. Saying at a press conference yesterday that “New Yorkers need a break,” NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio proposed legislation to make NYC the first city in the nation to require employers to provide paid vacation to employees. With a Democratically-controlled City Council, and the trend of requiring employers to provide paid time off for a variety of reasons, one has to handicap the likelihood…