A bill has been introduced in the New York City Council which, if passed, will require employers to provide employees with a minimum of one hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours worked. Under the proposed legislation, employers with 10 or more employees would be required to provide up to 72 hours (nine paid sick days per year); whereas employers with fewer than 10 employees would be required to provide up to 40 hours (five paid sick days per year). Accrual of paid sick hours will begin at the commencement of employment, but employees would be barred from using paid sick days for the first 90 days. The bill also provides that unused paid sick time will be carried over to the next year, subject to the 72/40 hour annual limitations. Employees who return to work for an employer following separation of one year or less will be entitled to have their previously accrued paid sick time reinstated. Mayor Michael Bloomberg has expressed his support for the legislation.
On November 2, 2017, U.S. Representative Mimi Walters (R-CA) introduced the Workflex in the 21st Century Act, a bill that would amend the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). The legislation would allow employers to create an ERISA plan, known as a qualified flexible workplace arrangement plan, to offer employees a combination of guaranteed paid leave and increased work flexibility options.
Bringing at least temporary relief to hundreds of businesses operating in Arizona, the state’s presiding disciplinary judge entered an order suspending Arizona attorney Peter Strojnik from the practice of law on an indefinite basis.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that its field offices will remain closed to the public through May 3, 2020. All routine in-person services are suspended including biometrics appointments, naturalization ceremonies, and InfoPass appointments.