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It’s likely that some employees in your workforce called out sick today because they were watching the Game of Thrones finale last night. A recent study found that more than 10 million employees.will not report to the office today due to activities related to the Game of Thrones finale. If that occurs, the finale will join the Super Bowl and Oscars as entertainment events that instigate widespread absenteeism the day after. Some percent of this…
It’s likely that some employees in your workforce called out sick today because they were watching the Game of Thrones finale last night. A recent study found that more than 10 million employees.will not report to the office today due to activities related to the Game of Thrones finale. If that occurs, the finale will join the Super Bowl and Oscars as entertainment events that instigate widespread absenteeism the day after. Some percent of this…
The Minneapolis Sick and Safe Time Ordinance can be enforced against businesses not physically located in the city but who have employees who work at least eight (80) hours in a year within the geographic boundaries of the city, according to a state appellate court decision last week. The court also held that the Minneapolis ordinance was not preempted by a state law allowing employees to use their sick leave benefits to care for ill…
Undeterred by an appellate court’s decision that the Austin Earned Sick Time Ordinance  is unconstitutional. Undeterred by the passage in the state Senate of two bills to bar political subdivisions from enacting a PSL ordinance. Undeterred by the failure of PSL supporters to collect sufficient valid signatures to allow Dallas voters to consider a PSL ballot initiative last November. Undeterred, the Dallas City Council yesterday passed an Earned Paid Sick Time Ordinance, adding…
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…