On July 19, 2017, the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board (“WCB” or the “Board”) issued its final regulations (“Final Regulations”) for the New York State Paid Family Leave Benefits Law (“PFLBL” or the “Law”). The WCB first published regulations to the PFLBL in February 2017, and then updated those regulations in May (collectively, the “Prior Regulations”).While the Final Regulations did clarify some outstanding questions, many questions remain, particularly pertaining to the practical logistics of implementing the Law, such as the tax treatment of deductions and benefits, paystub requirements, certain differences between requirements that pertain to self-funding employers and those employers intending to obtain an insurance policy, and what forms and procedures will apply.As we previously reported, when the PFLBL becomes effective on January 1, 2018, most employees working in New York … [Read more...] about New York Paid Family Leave Regulations Finalized: How Do They Compare to Prior Versions?
An athletic shoe company, a tire manufacturer, and even China’s largest dairy are sponsors of the New York Yankees. But a law firm?That’s what nine-attorney Manhattan personal injury firm Belluck & Fox was claiming earlier this week on the website HomeRunLegal.com.The site featured a photo of Yankee Stadium, a baseball emblazoned with the firm’s name, and a clipboard listing “Today’s Lineup” with such power hitters as “Mesothelioma & Asbestos Injuries,” “Car and Motorcycle Accident Claims” and “Construction Accidents.” Festooned with the Yankees logo, it claimed the firm was the “official legal sponsor” of the Bronx Bombers.Called for comment by the ABA Journal, Yankees Chief Operating Officer Lonn Trost said, in essence: Fugheddaboudit!“I don’t know them. I’ve never heard of them. But I am not looking to hurt them,” said Trost, who is himself a lawyer. The team does not … [Read more...] about Law Firm Strikes Out as Yankees ‘Sponsor’
With the January 1, 2018 effective date for the New York Paid Family Leave Law fast approaching, the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board (“WCB”) has issued model paid family leave (“PFL”) request and certification forms, as well as a model waiver form. The forms are available on the WCB’s New York Paid Family Leave website.As we have previously reported, the New York Paid Family Leave Law provides a phased-in system of paid, job protected leave for eligible employees: (i) to care for a new child following birth, adoption, or placement in the home; (ii) to care for a family member with a serious health condition; or (iii) for qualifying exigencies related to military duty. To receive PFL benefits for any of these covered leave purposes, eligible employees will be required to complete and submit a general Request for Paid Family Leave Form (Form PFL-1).On the Form PFL-1, employees will be required to provide certain … [Read more...] about Model Leave Request, Certification and Waiver Forms Issued for the New York Paid Family Leave Law
The New York State Paid Family Leave Law (PFL) will go into effect on January 1, 2018, and will require virtually all private employers in New York to provide paid family leave benefits to eligible employees. (Public employers are not required to participate, but may opt in to the program.) On February 22, 2017, the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) published proposed regulations that explain and clarify many aspects of the PFL, including, among other things, employers’ rights and responsibilities in providing paid family leave, employee eligibility for such leave, and the phase-in schedule of the PFL program. At the same time, the state introduced a new informational website to provide guidance regarding the PFL to employers, employees, and medical providers, and launched a hotline at the following phone number: (844) 337-6303. Below is a summary of the key components of the proposed regulations along with some highlights from the state PFL … [Read more...] about New York Proposes Regulations on State Paid Family Leave Law
Cynthia Nixon’s campaign has requested that the temperature of the venue for her debate with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo be set at 76 degrees. Nixon campaign senior advisor Rebecca Katz told WCBS-TV that because work environments are “notoriously sexist when it comes to temperature,” they “just want to make sure we’re all on the same page here.” They have already been vocal about a perceived bias toward New York Governor Cuomo.A statement posted to Nixon’s website said that “CBS management has acknowledged that the only way to get Governor Cuomo to show up is by giving him everything he wants,” and that in the lead-up to the debate, they “weren’t even given a seat at the table.” The statement said that the debate was presented as a “take-it-or-leave-it” scenario, “at Andrew Cuomo’s chosen location and TV station, in his preferred format, with a favorable audience, and on a date in … [Read more...] about Cynthia Nixon Protests ‘Notoriously Sexist’ Room Temperature for Cuomo Debate