According to a recent CareerBuilder survey, nearly one-third (32 percent) of your employees have called in sick when they're not actually sick. Perhaps just as notable, 30 percent of your employees admit that they have...more
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
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
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
Linette Williams-Grant had a week worthy of Judith Viorst's classic children's story Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, which (as an aside) is one of my all time favorites to read to my young...more
Over the past several months, a number of employers have asked me when the Department of Labor would be issuing the Spanish version of its new DOL poster (which accounts for the new regulations issued earlier this year). The...more
We have been sitting on the edge of our seat [ok, perhaps I'm on the seat alone] as we await the Department of Labor's anticipated regulations interpreting how the Supreme Court's DOMA decision impacts the definition of...more
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
Do you know what's particularly oppressive about the FMLA? [You: Jeff, everything about the FMLA is oppressive!]
The requirement that an employer return an employee to the same or equivalent position at the end of FMLA...more
Of course, this kind of stuff happens while I'm on vacation and away from my computer. Last week, the Wall Street Journal created a bit of an uproar when it reported that the Department of Labor had just issued "regulatory...more
The feedback from last week's blog post on annual FMLA certification came fast and furious. ...more
The DOL is on a roll, and employers can't be amused....more
Fess up and raise your hand. How many of you were on the edge of your edge of your seat awaiting news of William and Kate's new arrival? ...more
Q: We regularly utilize temporary employees, some of whom we hire permanently. Does the time they work as a temp (through an agency) count toward the 12-month and 1,250 hour eligibility requirements?...more
Have you ever suspected that your employee has given you an excuse too rehearsed or provided a doctor's note a bit too slick in support of their leave of absence?...more
Employers, can we have a heart to heart? I need to get something off my chest. ...more
The U. S. Supreme Court has declared unconstitutional a portion of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which had established a federal definition of marriage as a legal union only between one man and one woman....more
Unless you've been securely wedged under a rock over the past 24 hours, you know that the U.S. Supreme Court has declared unconstitutional the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which had established a federal definition of...more
Have you ever made a rash decision that you wish you could take back the second you made it? ...more
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
Have you ever doubted whether one of your employees actually was fit to return to work from a leave of absence? ...more
I received a ton of feedback on last week's blog post, which discussed Yahoo's new parental leave policy and its FMLA implications. Much of the feedback related to Yahoo's decision to provide 16 weeks of paid maternity leave...more
It seems that what Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer taketh, she giveth back. Or something like that. As you will recall, Mayer made waves several months back when she banned all Yahoo employees from working from home, a rather...more
For employers who have been involved in an FMLA investigation conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor, the process can be a bit of a head-scratcher because no two investigations look the same....more
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.