Even once in awhile an employer has handled an FMLA situation so effectively, you just want to shout out, “You Go Girl!” . . . or let out a fist pump (like you just sank a 70-foot birdie) . . . or initiate a wild chest bump...more
Q: One of our employees, a front desk receptionist, maintains an erratic work schedule because she must attend to her autistic son. In short, her son throws a tantrum at school if his mom does not personally drop him off...more
Earlier this year, the Department of Labor issued a final rule allowing an otherwise eligible employee to take FMLA leave to care for a same-sex spouse, regardless of whether the employee lives in a state that recognized...more
Q: One of my employees complained of chest pains at work and later went to the emergency room at the local hospital. However, we have learned through his medical certification that he was not admitted to the hospital until...more
This one just smells fowl. Delbert (not sure if he goes by Del or Bert, so I’ll just call him Delbert) decided not to show up for work at Tyson Fresh Meats on December 28. Instead, he asked his girlfriend, who also worked...more
Those sneaky little rascals! While the rest of us were enjoying our Memorial Day holiday, those crazy kids over at the Department of Labor were still working away. This time, they were busy posting the new model FMLA notices...more
Last week, I reported that a federal district court in Texas had halted the DOL’s enforcement of its final rule that would allow employees to take FMLA leave for their same-sex spouse. ...more
Is that all it takes to get you to click on my blog entry — make a reference to “sperm” in the blog title and post a silly photo of this little guy? That was like taking candy from a baby!...more
A federal judge in Texas granted an injunction on Thursday that (for the time being) has stopped enforcement of the DOL’s final rule regarding the definition of spouse. Under the new rule, which was scheduled to take effect...more
Want a glimpse into a world where an employer fails to maintain a legally compliant leave management process? Let me warn you — what you are about to read is not pretty and not for the faint of heart....more
Want to read about nearly FMLA case that was either dismissed or allowed to advance toward trial? Want a snapshot of what employers got right and what they got wrong in the land of FMLA?...more
On February 28, 2015, the DOL’s recommended FMLA forms expired. And on March 1, the sun still rose in the east. Life, as we know it, forged on.
It’s anyone’s guess as to when new FMLA forms will be issued, so in the...more
The Department of Labor has issued a final rule that will allow an employee to take FMLA leave to care for a same-sex spouse, regardless of whether the employee lives in a state that recognizes their marital status. This...more
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
If this story won’t cause you bring your FMLA policy up to snuff, then I’ve lost all hope.
FMLA’s Basic Premise -
An employee is eligible for FMLA leave if he meets three basic criteria: With this backdrop in...more
Sure, Joan, you can take a leave of absence, but you’re still going to work while you’re out, right? Is this problem? I guess it depends on whether or not you’re Joan. Let me explain. ...more
Q: Several of my employees’ workweeks vary from week to week. Some might work 30 hours one week and 40 hours the following week. How do I calculate their intermittent FMLA leave in any given week?...more
It’s the final week of the year, so while everyone else in the world is playing with their latest version of iPhone and other new electronic gadgets, I spend my time analyzing this year’s FMLA blog posts and agonizing over...more
It’s the end of the year. And with the end of the year comes questions from my clients about whether they need to account for an employee’s FMLA leave when doling out year-end bonuses. In other words, is an employer...more
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
Note to self: When one of my employees:
-falls off a ladder at work, is taken to urgent care by the company’s HR Director, asks whether the FMLA would apply to his absence, then, as a result of his doctor’s orders,...more
Don’t you hate it when someone glues your windows and doors shut so you cannot make it to work? Hasn’t happened to you? According to a recent CareerBuilder survey, this may very well have happened to one of your co-workers...more
An issue that implicates both the FMLA and OSHA? Normally, I’d yawn and take a cat nap along with you.
But this one is sufficiently interesting: If an employee returns FMLA medical certification confirming the need for...more
We have a mini-FMLA crisis on our hands this week, and the courts are to blame. This issue involves the FMLA notices that employers send to employees, but more importantly, the delivery route in which they send them....more
Earlier this month, I took one for the team. And I survived.
I had the privilege of presenting to a number of employers and health care providers at the annual “Impairment Without Disability” conference, an event...more