January 2015 Newsletter 

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Welcome to HR Knowledge's January 2015 Newsletter! Our goal is to keep you up to date with important HR and regulatory compliance information, news and events. We want this newsletter to be a valuable resource for you so we encourage all of our readers to provide comments, suggestions and feedback. 


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HR Knowledge is Hosting our 3rd HR Boot Camp on April 3, 2015
HR Boot Camp ensures that key employees remain current about company exposure in legal matters surrounding sexual harassment, wage and hour issues, and the proper conduct of employee performance reviews.

The HR Knowledge Boot Camp is ideally suited for all new HR emploees and can be offered as a refresher course for managers and other staff. Our trainers focus on potential liability areas in the workplace.

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HR Knowledge Recognized by the Boston Business Journal's 2014 List of Largest Employee Benefits Firms in MA
HR Knowledge has been named to Boston Business Journal's (BBJ) 2014 list of largest employee benefits firms, a designation which recognizes the largest companies in Massachusetts. This is the second time that HR Knowledge has been on the list, the company made an impressive showing, ranking #11. The results were published in the BBJ's November 14, 2014 issue.
New Massachusetts Law Grants Parental Leave to Men
On January 7, 2015, Governor Deval Patrick signed a law that will require employers to afford parental leave to men. The new statute, An Act Relative to Parental Leave, will replace the current Massachusetts Maternity Leave Act (the "MMLA") and, for the first time in Massachusetts history, grants men the right to take eight weeks of parental leave for the birth or adoption of a child. 

Preparing for the New MA Paid Sick Leave Law
In our November 10 e-alert, we informed our valued clients that Massachusetts voters approved a November 4, 2014, ballot question mandating paid sick leave. You will find the original e-alert on our website. This new law takes effect on July 1, 2015, and we are receiving many questions from our clients about how this new law will affect them.

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CA Paid Sick Leave Law
On January 1, 2015, California's Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 went into effect.  Beginning on July 1, 2015, under this new law employers with employees who work in California will need to provide up to 24 hours or 3 days of paid sick time to current and new employees.

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In This Issue

We have an employee who will be out for several weeks for a serious health condition. She is not requesting to use FMLA leave because she has enough paid sick leave to cover most, if not all, of her leave. Can employees choose to not use FMLA leave even when they meet the qualifications? And if they quality for FMLA leave, can the employer require them to use it?


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