Family Medical Leave Act

The Family Medical Leave Act is a United States federal statute enacted in 1993 to protect employees from negative employment consequences associated with family illness. The FMLA allows covered employees to take... more +
The Family Medical Leave Act is a United States federal statute enacted in 1993 to protect employees from negative employment consequences associated with family illness. The FMLA allows covered employees to take up to twelve weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave, in order to care for a qualified family member or address a personal medical issue.   Situations covered under the Act include: birth of a child and care of a newborn; placement of an adopted or foster child; serious illness of an employee's spouse, child or parent;  serious illness of the employee that affects ability to perform his/her job; situations arising out of an employee's spouse, child or parent's active military service. Employees who take leave to care for a seriously injured family servicemember are eligible for longer periods of covered leave.  less -
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Hurricane Preparedness Applies at Work as Well as at Home – Questions Employers May Face This Season

Florida Governor Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency as forecasters continue to track the path of Tropical Storm Erika, which is predicted to hit the state on Monday. Although it is unclear how strong the storm will...more

Obergefell Ruling Reaffirms That Employees In Same-Sex Marriages Have FMLA Rights

Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued a final rule defining “spouse” under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) so that an eligible employee in a same-sex marriage is able to take FMLA leave to care...more

Employer Policies And Procedures That May Need To Be Updated In Light Of Obergefell

The U.S. Supreme Court, in Obergefell v. Hodges, ruled that same-sex marriage is a constitutionally-protected right which cannot be infringed upon through governmental action. Although private sector employers do not...more

Trivia Time for HR Professionals – Six Questions of the Day

I recently was invited the join the “Learned League”, which has been described by the Washington Post as the “coolest, weirdest Internet community you’ll never be able to join.” Needless to say, now that I’m...more

New Regulations Will Change Business for Government Contractors

The Administration has been active in promulgating Executive Orders (E.O.) that affect the stakeholders in the Government contracting process. On July 31, 2014, the President signed Executive Order 13673, “Fair Pay and Safe...more

Requiring an Employee to Return from FMLA Leave "Without Restrictions" or "Fully Healed" Is Playing with Fire

Do you know what happens when you maintain a policy or practice that requires an employee to return to work without restrictions or “100% healed”? You pay. A lot. Just ask Brookdale Senior Living Communities....more

Effective Management of Employee Medical Issues in 2015

Compliance with the Family & Medical Leave Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act continues to cause issues for even the most experienced workplace professionals. In recent years, both the FMLA and ADA have expanded...more

Inability to Work Under A Particular Supervisor Is Not a Disability in California

In response to standard negative performance feedback from a supervisor, an employee takes a leave of absence due to stress and submits a medical note stating that the employee must be transferred to another department as an...more

Faulty Time Clock Dooms Employer’s Motion to Dismiss Employee’s FMLA Claim

In Barnes v. Vibra Healthcare, LLC, No. 14-CV-5678 (D.N.J. May 26, 2015), the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey denied the employer’s motion to dismiss the plaintiff’s claim brought under the Family and...more

New Jersey Division on Civil Rights Workplace Posting Update

The New Jersey Division on Civil Rights (DCR) quietly issued another round of updated mandatory posters (with a revision date of 5/8/2015), which are now available on its website. The revised posters (English and Spanish...more

Third Circuit Applies Strict Interpretation of FMLA’s Inpatient Care Regulation, Requiring Overnight Stay

In Bonkowski v. Oberg Industries, Inc., (3d Cir. May 22, 2015), the Third Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that an employee who was admitted to the hospital moments after midnight, and who was discharged more than 14 hours...more

Be Global - July 2015

The UK Government has now published its plans for when radical new transparency in supply chain reporting comes into effect, brought in by the Modern Slavery Act. As from October 2015, assuming timings are kept in the...more

A Cruise Aboard the Love Boat is Not Protected by the FMLA, Even When the Doc Says It's a Good Idea

This post has nothing to do with Netflix and its new, generous parental leave policy. Or GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina’s latest position on paid leave. Sorry to disappoint. But it does involve an exotic...more

When Cancer Strikes: When Happens AFTER You Run Out of Paid Time Off

I’d much rather write about a legal topic than a personal one, but before I talk about the logistics of handling an employee who has exhausted their paid time off, I wanted to share a brief personal update. Last...more

That is SO last week - August 2015 #3

Last week, The New York Times reported on Amazon’s “bruising workplace” and described Amazon’s theory that “conflict brings about innovation.” According to the article, Amazon employees are encouraged to criticize each other,...more

Happy Birthday ADA and How We Can Celebrate

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is 25 years old this year. I was a newly minted lawyer when this law emerged in 1990 and as I have grown, so have the number of disability discrimination lawsuits. In celebration of...more

New Regulations Clarify Time Off Under California Family Rights Act

In recently published amendments to its regulations, the California Fair Employment & Housing Council (FEHC) has clarified formerly confusing rules and brought the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) into closer parallel to...more

New Netflix Original: “Unlimited” Parental Leave

Netflix, a pioneer in on-demand internet streaming, is well-known for its “Netflix Original” series—and has recently added “unlimited” parental leave to its line-up. On Tuesday, August 4, 2015, Netflix announced a new...more

Employer Win in California – Say What??? Stress From Working Under Particular Supervisor is Not a Disability

Over the course of a career many workers experience the displeasure of dealing with a difficult supervisor — the type of individual whose mere presence in the workplace is a source of dread and whose name inspires feelings of...more

US Employers Face New California Family Rights Requirements in July

California employers have until July 1 to revise their policies and practices, train employees and distribute notices under the new amendments to the California Family Rights Act (CFRA). Similar to the federal Family and...more

That is SO last week - August 2015 #2

Pay was the big deal last week. A divided Securities and Exchange Commission voted to approve the CEO Pay Ratio Rule. The new rule requires publicly traded companies to disclose the ratio of their chief executive officer’s...more

Ask Fisher & Phillips: Our Top 10 Questions From Dealers (Part Three)

This edition of “Ask Fisher & Phillips” picks up where our last newsletter left off – here is the concluding segment of the “Top 10 Questions from Dealers” from the past year....more

Make Sure your Company is Using Updated FMLA Medical Certification Forms

When requesting medical certification of the need for FMLA leave, most employers rely on the U.S. Department of Labor’s certification forms. DOL publishes four medical certification forms, based on the specific kind of FMLA...more

CFRA Joint Employers Beware

California employers who work closely with one or more other employers in a single business enterprise need to be aware of a significant change in a California law that could have major liability repercussions. On July...more

USDOL Accelerates Attack on Businesses Using Contract Service Providers

The U.S. Department of Labor has launched two major initiatives designed to encourage individual workers who are contract service providers to bring misclassification claims and lawsuits. According to the Department, “most...more

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