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Oregon Passes Nation's Most Generous Paid Leave Law

With the number of paid leave laws passed in recent years, you’d be forgiven for thinking the passage of another would hardly be newsworthy. Consider this an exception.

Earlier this month, Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed off on the country’s most generous paid family leave program. Both houses of the state’s Democratic-leaning legislature voted overwhelmingly in favor of the proposal before it made it to Brown’s desk. The news makes Oregon the eighth state to offer paid family leave benefits.

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Companies Offer ‘Disaster Time Off’ in Face of Hurricanes, Wildfires

When it rains, it pours. But for Michelle Abbott, a compensation and benefits manager at Research Square, a North Carolina-based academic publishing service, it wasn’t just water she had to worry about during last year’s hurricane season.

Some of her employees had to evacuate—twice. One worker lost her house entirely. But two thousand miles away in California, remote workers had to flee their homes due to wildfires, too.

For the thousands of American businesses impacted by extreme weather last year, the arrival of summer comes with some apprehension. The months between June and September are among the most active for tornados, wildfires, and hurricanes. For companies like Research Square that employ remote workers across the country, the odds of a team member being impacted are even greater.

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New Massachusetts Paid Leave Regulations Released

Newly released paid leave regulations will soon make waves with Bay State residents and employers alike.

Last year, Massachusetts lawmakers signed off on one of the country's most generous paid family leave laws. But while the program’s benefits won’t be available until 2021, the first employer requirements take effect this summer.  

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Maternity Leave Rights Every Mother Should Know

Whether or not you’re planning to have a baby soon, it’s important to understand the specifics of your workplace maternity leave policy.

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Why Your Company Needs a Strong Sick Leave Policy

What starts as a tickle in the back of your throat can quickly evolve into a bigger problem. With flu season upon us, it’s the most popular time of year for sick day requests. But when there’s work to be done, it can be hard to pick between not falling behind and prioritizing your health.

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4 HR Predictions for 2019

There’s never a dull moment (or year) in HR. The last twelve months have been witness to IRS surprises, political intrigue, and exciting advancements in HR technology. As 2018 comes to a close, one can’t help but wonder what next year will hold for the workplace.

It's time to dust off the crystal ball. Every year, Namely forecasts what might come to pass in the industry. Some of our predictions have proved spot on—others not so much. From a “rise of the machines” to a spike in employee ghosting, read on to learn what we expect to see in 2019.

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HR’s Guide to Pregnancy and Reasonable Accommodation

It’s not easy being an expectant mother and working full-time. Having to take time off for prenatal care, physical discomfort, and fatigue can all affect a woman’s ability to work. Still, many women work far into their pregnancies with great success thanks to the help and understanding of their company. While many companies try to make expectant mothers more comfortable at work, pregnancy discrimination is still rampant in the modern workplace. Between 2010 and 2017, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) received over 28,000 pregnancy discrimination charges.

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New Jersey Paid Sick Leave Law Set to Take Effect

On October 29, the state of New Jersey will usher in a new mandate requiring most employers across the state to provide paid sick days to employees. Gov. Phil Murphy signed the act into law on May 2, making New Jersey the tenth state to implement mandatory paid sick leave. With the law taking effect in just a few days, here’s what you need to know to be prepared.

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New York Set to Expand Paid Leave Eligibility

While federal lawmakers debate the merits of paid leave in Washington, the Empire State is working on ways to make its existing program even more generous.
 

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Managing Paid Leave in 2018

The field of human resources is changing. In our HR Redefined series, we give innovators a medium to share personal reflections, professional advice, and best practice guidance.