The City of Pittsburgh’s Office of Equal Protection (OEP) has announced that it will begin strict enforcement and compliance checks for local businesses to ensure they are complying with their obligations under the Pittsburgh Paid Sick Days Act (Ordinance). The “compliance campaign” will focus on the food services industry.

Learn more here.

Minnesota’s statewide paid sick and safe leave mandate, the Earned Sick and Safe Time (ESST) law, went into effect Jan. 1, 2024. The Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) has posted answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ Guide) that it revised on Dec. 4, 2023.

The revised FAQ Guide provides more information and example scenarios related to the ESST law. It is one of many resources the DLI published to assist understanding the new workplace responsibilities and protections created by the ESST law. The DLI also posted a YouTube video and slide show presentation.

Learn more here.

The California Employment Development Department (EDD) has released the 2024 Voluntary Plan Employee Contribution and Benefit Rate.

Employers with employees located in California are generally required to withhold and send state disability contributions to the EDD.

Of note, Senate Bill (SB) 951, which was signed in 2022, eliminated the Maximum Contribution and Taxable Wage Ceiling effective January 1, 2024.  These concepts can be disregarded by employers, subject to future legislation.

Learn more here.

We rang in the new year waiting and watching for the issuance of the EEOC’s final regulations implementing the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA). The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) received the text of the final regulations for review on December 27.  Assuming that the EEOC’s final regulations clear this review, we expect the regulations to be published in the Federal Register soon.  

The PWFA was enacted almost exactly a year ago, on Dec. 29, 2022 and went into effect on June 27, 2023.  The Act requires employers with at least 15 employees provide reasonable accommodations, absent undue hardship, to qualified employees and applicants with known limitations related to, affected by, or arising out of pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions. The Act required the EEOC to issue the regulations by December 29, 2023. The proposed regulations were published for public comment in the Federal Register on August 11, 2023. Over 100,000 public comments, including those from Jackson Lewis P.C., were submitted to the EEOC.

We are continuing to monitor and will report back when the final regulations are published. 

For Illinois employers, the new year brings a variety of new paid leave laws, the most recent being the Cook County Paid Leave Ordinance passed by the Cook County Board of Commissioners on Dec. 14, 2023.

The Cook County Paid Leave Ordinance supersedes the preexisting Cook County Earned Sick Leave Ordinance and requires employers to offer paid leave that can be used for any reason to most Cook County employees. Effective Dec. 31, 2023, the new Ordinance entitles covered employees to earn and use up to 40 hours of paid leave annually.

Learn more here.

On January 1, 2024, California’s Senate Bill (SB) 616 takes effect, increasing the amount of paid sick leave employers are required to provide to California employees. In the new year, employers will be required to provide 40 hours of sick leave.  Several cities in California also have their own paid sick leave ordinances, and employers will need to determine which aspects of state and local ordinances apply to their employees.

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The Chicago City Council has passed an amendment to the Chicago Paid Leave and Paid Sick and Safe Leave Ordinance to delay its effective date to July 1, 2024, in addition to other changes.

Learn more about the amendment here.

Employers in Minnesota are not the only ones gearing up for Minnesota’s earned sick and safe time (ESST) law to take effect on January 1, 2024. Cities in Minnesota are also making changes to their respective earned sick and safe time ordinances. Saint Paul’s City Council unanimously adopted amendments to its Earned Sick and Safe Time Ordinance to align its legislative code with Minnesota’s ESST law. The amendments, Ordinance 23-48, will go in effect on January 1, 2024.

Learn more here.

In October, California passed Senate Bill (SB) 616, which increases the amount of paid sick leave employers are required to provide to California employees.

The Labor Commissioner recently published an updated Frequently Asked Questions page to cover changes made by SB 616. Click here for information of note from the FAQs.

The U.S. Supreme Court vacated a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit holding a self-appointed “tester” has standing to sue under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). Acheson Hotels, LLC v. LauferNo. 22-429. However, the Court declined to address the merits of whether the tester had a sufficient concrete and particularized injury to establish standing, holding the case had become moot and leaving in place a deep circuit split on the standing issue.

Read more here.