HR Update: January 9th, 2024

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Massachusetts Revises Paid Family and Medical Leave Guidance to Provide More Discretion to Employers

The Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave (DFML) is ringing in the new year with new, more employer-friendly guidance regarding an employee’s ability to use paid leave to “top up” Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) benefits paid by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The guidance makes clear that the use and accrual of employer-provided paid leave to top up PFML benefits is subject to the terms and conditions of the employer’s policy. Learn More


Key Considerations for Employers as the Public Sector Grapples with Return to Office

Public sector employers are not immune from the challenges of returning employees to the office. A slew of recent government actions and opposition highlights the challenges public employers face as they try to rein in remote work in this post-pandemic era. Learn More


Eleventh Circuit: McDonnell Douglas Is Not Be-All and End-All for Title VII Discrimination Claims

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh has spoken, and employers that once relied exclusively on McDonnell Douglas might need to rethink their litigation strategy in employment-discrimination cases. On December 12, 2023, in Tynes v. Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, No. 21-13245 (11th Cir. Dec. 12, 2023), the Eleventh Circuit confirmed that McDonnell Douglas is not the be-all and end-all for Title VII cases and that the decades-long evidentiary framework is not a set of elements a plaintiff must prove to survive summary judgment or prevail at trial. Learn More


New Pennsylvania Legislation and Philadelphia Ordinance Amendment Tackle Pardoned Convictions, Expunged Records, and Negligent Hiring Liability

Pennsylvania and Philadelphia recently enacted changes that impact employer criminal background screening. Enacted on December 14, 2023, and effective February 12, 2024, Pennsylvania’s House Bill No. 689 amends Pennsylvania law relating to the expungement of certain criminal record information and employer immunity when hiring individuals with expunged records. Learn More


How Connecticut Employers Can Be Ready for Legislation that Became Effective January 1, 2024

With 2023 in the rearview mirror, Connecticut employers may want to confirm they have implemented the necessary changes to address legislative developments that became effective January 1, 2024. Learn More


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