Legal Alert: Handbook Language May Create Leave Rights even if Employees are not Eligible for FMLA Leave

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The Seventh Circuit recently held that an employer may be bound under state law to comply with the leave policy contained in its employee handbook, even though the employee seeking leave is not an eligible employee under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). See Peters v. Gilead Sciences, Inc. (7th Cir. July 14, 2008).

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