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Most countries provide some degree of workplace protection for employees and job applicants. Depending on the jurisdiction, these protections generally include safety precautions and policies, anti-discrimination... more +
Most countries provide some degree of workplace protection for employees and job applicants. Depending on the jurisdiction, these protections generally include safety precautions and policies, anti-discrimination policies, collective bargaining and unionizing rights, meal and rest requirements, minimum wage rules, and medical and family leave rights to name a few. In the United States, the federal framework for employee rights stem from statutes such as the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, and the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). In addition, employee rights statutes are implemented and enforced by regulatory authorities such as the EEOC, NLRB, OSHA, and the Department of Labor. Further, many state and local governments provide additional and localized protections for employees that are enforced by local regulatory entities. less -

Labor & Employment E-Note - April 2017

by Burr & Forman on

Attention employers! What’s your LGBTQ IQ? Nashville Partner Stephen Price invites you to reassess your workplace policies in this article for the Association of Corporate Counsel. Please see full E-Note below for...more

Maryland on Track to Join Growing Trend of Paid Sick Leave

by Conn Maciel Carey LLP on

On April 5, 2017, the Maryland General Assembly passed a paid sick leave bill – the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act (the “Act”) – that is now waiting for Republican Governor Larry Hogan’s approval. Governor Hogan has...more

Get a Handle on Changing Leave Laws

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

Picking up work across states can be challenging for any employer, particularly with respect to employment law, and it's not getting any easier. Recently, a number of states and localities are proposing and passing sick and...more

Employer Will Have to Do Heavy Lifting After Court Denies Motion for Summary Judgment

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

In Crain v. Roseville Rehabilitation and Health Care, the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois denied an employer’s motion for summary judgment dismissing a claim under the Americans with...more

Don’t Be Chatty about FMLA Leave

If you’re not careful, a casual reference to an employee’s FMLA leave might give rise to an FMLA interference claim. A recent Florida case, Holtrey v. Collier County Bd. of Commissioners, reminds us that you can get into...more

What’s On Your Wall?

The following is a poster and distribution chart for New Jersey that includes INFORMATION that must be posted under federal and NJ law. There are many posting and distribution requirements for New Jersey employment laws. If...more

What Employers Need to Know About Arizona's New Paid Sick Time Requirements

In November 2016, Arizonans passed Proposition 206. This proposition, entitled the “Fair Wages and Healthy Families Act,” not only increased the state’s minimum wage, but also created new requirements regarding paid sick time...more

Are You Coming In Today? An FMLA Intermittent Leave Toolkit

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Intermittent leave continues to present some of the most exasperating FMLA issues. In March, the San Diego-based Disability Management Employer Coalition (DMEC) issued a white paper showing the findings of its annual 2016...more

10 Strategies for Limiting FMLA/CFRA Abuse

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) provides for overlapping, as well as separate leaves of absences. The administration of these leaves can be confusing and...more

Third Circuit: No Direct Evidence Needed for Mixed-Motive Jury Instruction in FMLA Retaliation Cases

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

A former employee alleges that he was terminated because he exercised his right to take intermittent leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act. His former employer asserts that his FMLA leave had nothing to do with his...more

The Michigan Department of Civil Rights Releases 2017 Revised Michigan Law Prohibits Discrimination Poster

by Clark Hill PLC on

The Michigan Department of Civil Rights ("MDCR") recently released its revised version of the posting Michigan Law Prohibits Discrimination required by the Michigan Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act and the Persons with...more

Employers Beware: Intermittent FMLA Absences Not Subject to “Proof of Need”

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

On January 27, 2017, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision that provides a cautionary tale to employers about seeking documentation from an employee on intermittent FMLA leave. In Diamond v. Hospice of...more

Court Requires Employer to Investigate Whether “In Loco Parentis” Status Applies for a FMLA Request

Under the FMLA, eligible employees can take leave to care for a “parent,” which can include an individual who stood in loco parentis to an employee, such as someone who took care of the employee when the employee was a minor;...more

What Am I Doing Wrong?? Common FMLA Mistakes.

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

“What did I do wrong?” and “Am I doing this correctly?” are frequent questions from clients regarding FMLA administration. This is the sixth in a monthly series highlighting some of the more common mistakes employers can...more

“You Can’t Do That to Me, I Requested FMLA Leave!” – Proving FMLA Retaliation

by Baker Donelson on

Employers are often hesitant to take disciplinary or other actions with an employee who has recently requested or has taken leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”). While the law does not prohibit such action,...more

What Am I Doing Wrong? Common FMLA Mistakes – the California Edition

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

“What did I do wrong” and “Am I doing this correctly?” are frequent questions from clients regarding FMLA administration. Employers with operations in California need to worry about both the FMLA and the California Family...more

[Webinar] Employment Law Webinar: Negotiating the Maze of Overlapping Leave Laws - March 22nd, 10:00am PST

by Payne & Fears on

Please join us March 22, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. PST for an employment law presentation on overlapping leave laws. Our experienced employment lawyers will review major federal and California laws regarding employee leaves of...more

Employee Leave: No Longer Just Family Or Medical

New Jersey employers should be aware that their employees may be entitled to more than just family and medical leave. Employees who volunteer outside of their employment may be entitled to leave for that volunteer work in...more

Employee Participation in Social Movements: What's an Employer to Do?

by Miller & Martin PLLC on

International Women's Day takes place every year on March 8, with the stated goal of raising awareness about women's issues. This year, however, purports to be a bit different, with a call from the Women's March on Washington...more

Focus on the FMLA – Part I

by Zelle LLP on

This post is the first of two about the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)—and more specifically, about aspects of the FMLA that may be less familiar and seem to be sticking points for employers’ compliance efforts....more

Employer’s Guide to Doing Business In California – Newly Updated

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The allure of doing business in California is undeniable. It is the world’s sixth largest economy and a market of more than 36 million people. For employers, however, California presents unique challenges because its laws...more

An FMLA Cautionary Tale For Employers.

A jury socked it to a Wisconsin employer last year in a Family and Medical Leave Act case, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently affirmed. Well, I take that back. The Seventh Circuit didn’t...more

Family and Medical Leave Act, NJ Family Leave Act and NJ Family Leave Insurance: Employment Law “F” Words

These statutes and their requirements are often confused and not correctly applied. Two of these statutes are job holding/protection statutes and one is a job paying statute. JOB PROTECTION: The federal Family and...more

California Supreme Court Holds That California Law Requires Unencumbered Rest Breaks

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

California law requires most employers to authorize paid rest breaks for non-exempt employees of at least 10 minutes for each four hours worked or a major fraction thereof, and to provide this rest break approximately mid-way...more

Former Pa AG Investigator’s FMLA Claim Dismissed: No FMLA Protection After Leave Ends Despite Extension of Leave

by Saul Ewing LLP on

The saga of former Attorney General Kathleen Kane continued in the courts on January 4, 2017 when Judge Sylvia Rambo (Middle District of Pennsylvania) dismissed an FMLA claim brought against her by a former investigator. In...more

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