Jeff Nowak

Jeff Nowak

Franczek Radelet P.C.

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Employer Rejects Employee's Fitness for Duty Certification, Faces FMLA Liability

The story is for all you hunt and peck typists out there. But its message is a lesson for all employers when it comes to returning your employee from FMLA leave....more

9/12/2014 - Best Management Practices Corporate Counsel Employer Liability Issues Fitness for Duty Exams FMLA Hiring & Firing

FMLA FAQ: Can an Employer Persuade an Employee to Work Instead of Taking FMLA Leave Because Her Job is Really Important?

Evans was employed by Books-A-Million (BAM) as a payroll manager. Evans apparently became pregnant at an inopportune time — right at a time when BAM was implementing a new payroll system. As supervisors are prone to do,...more

8/29/2014 - Adverse Employment Action Employer Liability Issues FMLA Hiring & Firing Pregnancy

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

Now This is a Headache! Employee Terminated for Migraine Headaches Can Advance FMLA Claim

In the cold, sadistic world that is the FMLA, the Department of Labor tells us that ordinary, run-of-the-mill headaches (a/k/a “non-migraine” headaches) are not covered by the FMLA. Migraine headaches, on the other hand, are...more

7/31/2014 - Corporate Counsel Employer Liability Issues FMLA Migraine Termination

Dear Employers: We Have to Stop Sticking It to Pregnant Moms and Expectant Dads

A few employers apparently have made some rather foolish decisions lately when terminating the employment of an expectant parent, and it’s making the rest of us look like we don’t care much for moms and dads or, for that...more

7/28/2014 - Corporate Counsel Employer Liability Issues FMLA Hiring & Firing Pregnancy Discrimination Termination

EEOC Updated Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination Expands Protections and Requires Accommodations for Pregnant Employees

On July 14, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued updated enforcement guidance on pregnancy discrimination and related issues, along with a question and answer document about the updated guidance and an...more

7/16/2014 - Discrimination EEOC Employer Liability Issues Enforcement Guidance Pregnancy Discrimination

Did a Court Just Allow an Employee FMLA Leave to Care for Her Grandchild?

Grandparents across America are celebrating this week. And they have Suzan Gienapp to thank. Here’s why: Suzan, who worked for Harbor Crest (a nursing home), informed her manager in January 2011 that she needed time off...more

7/14/2014 - Corporate Counsel Employer Liability Issues FMLA Grandparents Rights

Does an Employer Have an Obligation to Provide Accommodations to Pregnant Employees? Don't Follow This Employer's Lead

Ena Wages served as a property manager for one of several apartment complexes owned by Stuart Management Corp. She began her employment on November 17, 2008, and this is significant under the FMLA because nearly one year...more

6/20/2014 - Employer Liability Issues FMLA Hiring & Firing Pregnancy Pregnancy Discrimination Reasonable Accommodation Retaliation Termination

FMLA FAQ: Am I Required to Pay My Employee for Holidays Occurring During FMLA Leave?

There must be something in the water, but several clients have asked me this week whether they are required to pay an employee for the Memorial Day holiday even though the employee was out on FMLA leave. ...more

5/29/2014 - Corporate Counsel Employer Liability Issues FMLA Holidays Sick Leave Wages

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

Can An Employee Insist That The Employer Pay For FMLA Medical Certification?

Let's put our heads together on this one. You see, it appears as though far too many employees have bought into the notion that their employer is always responsible for the cost of obtaining medical certification to support...more

2/12/2014 - DOL Employee Rights Employer Liability Issues FMLA Medical Certification Requests

Conquering The FMLA Medical Certification Process: A Recap Of Our Webinar

Thanks to those who attended my webinar last week with Matt Morris on "Conquering the FMLA Medical Certification Process: Best Practices for Employers." We covered a whole host of topics during the webinar: How...more

12/13/2013 - Employer Liability Issues FMLA Medical Certification Requests

Employee With Crying Spells After Daughter's Sexual Assault Has Viable FMLA Claim

Kris was forced to endure the unthinkable: her daughter had just become the victim of a sexual assault. In the weeks that followed, Kris alerted her employer of the assault and the care her daughter would require in...more

11/14/2013 - Compliance Emotional Injury Claims Employer Liability Issues FMLA Retaliation Sexual Assault

FMLA FAQ: My Employee Took A Whole Lot Of Leave Last Year. Is He Even Eligible Now For FMLA Leave?

Q: We have an exempt, managerial employee who in this past year took all 12 weeks of FMLA leave, and six additional weeks of unpaid leave. He also was intermittently absent for digestive problems to the tune of about four...more

10/25/2013 - Eligibility Employee Rights Employer Liability Issues Exempt-Employees FMLA Medical Leave Unpaid Leave

What Pink Floyd Can Teach Employers About FMLA: Enforce Call-In Procedures And Insist Upon Facts Supporting Need For Leave

Hello...hello...hello...is there anybody in there? Just nod if you can hear me. Is there anyone home? Have your employees have become so evasive in their requests for medical leave that you feel like signing Pink...more

9/6/2013 - Compliance Employee Rights Employer Liability Issues FMLA Paid Leave Unpaid Leave

DOL Lawsuit Highlights Simple Reality: Employers Who Ignore FMLA Regulations Face Severe Consequences

When an employer ignores the FMLA regulations as it ponders a termination decision, the consequences can be severe. A water bottling company recently learned this the hard way. ...more

4/19/2013 - DOL Employer Liability Issues FMLA Penalties

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