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Want to Drastically Improve Your FMLA and ADA Expertise? Attend These Can't Miss FMLA/ADA Compliance Conferences

Throughout the year, HR professionals and attorneys ask me for my recommendations on the very best conferences to learn more about the FMLA and ADA. The “best,” of course, is in the eye of the beholder. In my humble...more

2/4/2015 - ADA Chief Compliance Officers Employer Liability Issues Employer Mandates FMLA Human Resources Professionals Professional Conferences

Employer Fails to Provide Leave of Absence to Probationary Employee, Pays the Price

Adam was a maintenance technician for EZEFLOW, a company which manufactures pipe fittings.  He also was a marine corps veteran who served in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Upon his discharge from the marines, Adam started his...more

1/14/2015 - ADA Corporate Counsel EEOC Employer Liability Issues Enforcement Actions Manufacturers Probationary Period PTSD Veterans Wrongful Termination

FMLA Leave for Headache Effectively Converts Full-Time Position into Part-Time Position; Employers' Shrieks Heard Across the...

This one is a real headache. Sam oversees a storage area for the Connecticut Department of Transportation (ConnDOT) and during certain times of the year, his position requires a fairly extensive amount of overtime. For...more

12/19/2014 - ADA Corporate Counsel Employee Rights Employer Liability Issues FMLA Reasonable Accommodation

Don't Be Tripped Up by Light Duty Obligations under the FMLA and ADA: A Discussion of Employer Best Practices

Earlier this week, I had the privilege of presenting on the FMLA and ADA reasonable accommodations at CUPA-HR‘s annual conference with my friend, Stan Kulesa from The Standard....more

10/6/2014 - ADA Compliance Corporate Counsel Employee Rights FMLA

A Game-Changing Decision? Sending FMLA Notices to Employees by U.S. Mail May Not Cut It Anymore

With all the FMLA paperwork that a leave administrator has to provide an employee during the FMLA process, you’d wonder whether you’re attending a real estate closing. All these documents — whether it’s the Notice of...more

8/8/2014 - ADA Corporate Counsel Email Employer Liability Issues FMLA Mailbox Rule Notice Requirements

Are Inflexible Leave Policies Lawful After All? One Court Leaves Employers Salivating

When it comes to leave as a reasonable accommodation after FMLA leave is exhausted, employers have been conditioned to simply believe: inflexible leave policies bad, flexible leave policies good. ...more

6/3/2014 - ADA EEOC Employee Rights FMLA Paid Leave Unpaid Leave

EEOC Commissioner Gives Insight Into Handling Employee Leaves Of Absence After FMLA Is Exhausted

Last week, I had the pleasure of co-presenting with EEOC Commissioner Chai Feldblum on the topic of “leave” as a reasonable accommodation under the ADA. Our presentation was part of an FMLA/ADA compliance conference hosted...more

4/8/2014 - ADA Compliance EEOC FMLA Leave of Absence

Yes! Regular, Reliable Attendance At Work IS Important Under The ADA After All!

No matter what position the EEOC might take, I'll always take the position that an employee's regular, reliable attendance is an essential function of the job. So, when an employee wants to arrive at work at any time,...more

2/25/2014 - ADA Disability EEOC Employer Liability Issues

The Lesson Of EEOC v. UPS And Automatic Termination Provisions: Engage In The ADA Interactive Process

Let me share a story about UPS, although in the end, this story has nothing to do with UPS. For about the past 10 years, UPS has maintained a policy of terminating any employees who are unable to return to work after...more

2/19/2014 - ADA Disability EEOC Termination UPS

FMLA FAQ: Can Excess Trips To The Potty Be Counted As FMLA Leave?

Q: One of our employees drinks a lot of water at work and goes to the bathroom continuously throughout the day. As a result, she uses far more than her normal breaks allow. ...more

1/13/2014 - ADA Adverse Employment Action FMLA Human Resources Professionals Paid Leave Pregnancy Discrimination Reasonable Accommodation Retaliation Unpaid Leave

Can An Indefinite Leave Of Absence Be A Reasonable Accommodation?

One of the most difficult issues an HR professional or in-house employment counsel faces is how to deal with an employee who cannot return to work after FMLA leave expires. Is additional leave required? ...more

11/20/2013 - ADA FMLA Hiring & Firing Leave of Absence Reasonable Accommodation Undue Hardship

Failure To Provide Additional Leave As ADA Accommodation Could Prove Costly To Employers

For ages, the employer community has awaited guidance from the EEOC regarding how much additional leave, if any, an employer is required to provide an employee as an ADA reasonable accommodation when an employee is unable to...more

6/10/2013 - ADA Disability Discrimination Discrimination EEOC FMLA Hiring & Firing Medical Leave Pregnancy Discrimination Reasonable Accommodation Termination

I Believe My Employee Is Unfit To Return To Work. Can I Require A Full Medical Examination Before His Return?

Have you ever doubted whether one of your employees actually was fit to return to work from a leave of absence? ...more

5/30/2013 - ADA Employee Rights FMLA Leave of Absence Medical Examinations

DOL Issues Guidance On "Caring For An Adult Child" Under The FMLA

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Labor issued an Administrator's Interpretation (AI) to clarify the factors an employer must consider when an employee requests leave to care for an adult child. ...more

1/15/2013 - ADA ADAAA Adult Children DOL FMLA Military Leave

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