Wednesday, February 6, 2013

New Rules Extend FMLA Protections for Military Families and Airline Personnel

On Feb. 5, 2013, marking the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Department of Labor issued a long awaited final rule (available here) expanding FMLA protections for military members and their families and airline personnel. The new rule implements the expansion of the FMLA approved by Congress in the National Defense Authorization Act of 2010 and Airline Flight Crew Technical Corrections Act of 2009 (AFCTCA).

Friday, February 1, 2013

VA Senate Approves Employee Misclassification Task Force

Last week, (Jan. 18, 2013) the Senate of Virginia passed a bill to establish an Employee Misclassification Task Force (see SB879 available here). The task force will be comprised of members of various government agencies and will be responsible for, among other things, developing and recommending a clear definition of “employee,” educating workers and employers about misclassification and how to report misclassification, and considering enforcement mechanisms.