10 Days until all Same-Sex Marriages Recognized by FMLA

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As announced by the U.S. Department of Labor on February 25, 2015, employers must extend benefits under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to all legally-wed same-sex couples as of March 27, 2015. Although some employers fear the burden of additional leave requests, many multi-state employers are welcoming the uniformity provided by the new rule.

The DOL’s announcement of the new FMLA rule follows the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2013 decision that a section of the Defense of Marriage ...

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Measuring Hours of Service: Why and How

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Now that the final employer shared responsibility regulations have been released, employers of 100 or more should begin preparing for January 1, 2015.  One facet of this preparation is whether or not to utilize measurement periods and how they should be implemented.  Measurement periods help an employer track employees’ hours of service.  If an employee averages 30 or more hours of service per week they must be offered benefits.

Variable hour employees pose a risk to an employer because their schedules ...

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