Paid or UnpaidThe Parental Leave Law allows for employers to provide paid or unpaid parental leave. However, the new law expressly states that an “employee on parental leave for the adoption of a child shall be entitled to the same benefits offered by the employer to an employee on parental leave for the birth of a child.” Therefore, an employer who provides paid parental leave for employees for the birth of a child, must now provide such paid leave for adoptions. … [Read more...] about Massachusetts Expanded Parental Leave Law Goes Into Effect April 2015
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Most employers are prohibited from inquiring about an applicant’s criminal record on a written job application.Employers must obtain an individual’s written acknowledgement before seeking non-public CORI.An employer must provide an employee or applicant a copy of his/her CORI before questioning the applicant about it.Before making an adverse employment decision based on an individual’s CORI, an employer must provide: (i) the employee or applicant with a copy of the CORI, (ii) an opportunity to dispute its accuracy, and (iii) information on how to correct a CORI.Personnel Records. As in other states, Massachusetts requires certain employers to maintain personnel records for employees. Under the Massachusetts Personal Record statute, employers are required to notify employees within 10 days after adding information to the employee’s personnel record that has been, or may be used to “negatively affect the employee’s qualification for employment, … [Read more...] about Employment Law in Massachusetts: What Out-of-Staters Need to Know
History of Leave in the United States Unlike Germany and Finland, the United States does not have as long of a history in family policy. For the first 150 years, the family was considered free and independent from the government.[xxxv] The shift began to happen in the nineteenth century when politicians joined the reform movement and started listening to citizens and turning their voices into policy.[xxxvi] During this time family policy did not appear until 1935 when the Social Security Act was passed and then again in 1944 when the GI Bill was approved.[xxxvii] Although these two bills ushered in a new era, none of these plans specifically affected women.[xxxviii] Women did not see individual protection until the Civil Rights Act of 1964[xxxix] was passed which outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.[xl] Pregnant women in the workplace did not see real change until Congress took action and ultimately passed the Pregnancy Discrimination Act … [Read more...] about Delivering New Parental Leave in the Trump Era: Can It Be Born?
Maternity Leave ChangesUnder the previous law, women had the right to a six weeks’ leave prior to the birth of a child and six weeks following the birth of a child. Under certain circumstances, the new FLL allows women to allocate up to four of the six weeks of the pre-birth leave to the post-birth leave period (i.e., a woman may take maternity leave as few as two weeks before the birth of a child and up to ten weeks after the birth of a child). Additionally, if a child is born with disabilities or requires medical attention, the post-birth leave may be extended for up to two additional weeks. In the case of adoption, female employees are entitled to six weeks’ leave following receipt of the child. … [Read more...] about Mexican Federal Labor Law Reform: What Companies Doing Business in Mexico Need to Know
Practical Considerations: without a doubt, there are costs associated with offering paid parental leave for fathers —lost productivity, the need to transition projects and the monetary expense of paying employees while they are not working. These costs should be considered in tandem with the many benefits such policies effectuate for the company and employees alike, including: … [Read more...] about Daddy Dearest?: Some Considerations Concerning Paid Parental Leave for Fathers in the United States