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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Massachusetts Adopts Legislative Reforms

The new legislation adds to employer requirements and now provides for sick leave, increased minimum wage, domestic violence victim leave, and unemployment changes....more

Combatting Ebola in the Workplace – and “Fearbola” Too!

For the first time in weeks, online news reports have been relatively Ebola free. This week, the last Ebola patient in the U.S. was declared Ebola free and released from the New York hospital where he had been quarantined....more

Mailing FMLA Notice of Rights to Absent Employee May Be Insufficient to Prove Receipt by Employee, Third Circuit Holds

Many employers send Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) paperwork to absent employees via the mail—regular, first class mail—because it is a reasonable, cost-effective way to get the notice to those employees at home....more

Understanding an Employer’s Obligations When Domestic Violence Affects the Workplace

Over the past few months, the media has reported extensively about several incidents of domestic violence involving professional athletes. While these high-profile cases generate huge attention, it is important to remember...more

Sixth Circuit decision bucks trend on same-sex marriage

As you all know, the last several weeks and months have seen an unmistakable trend in federal court decisions paving the way for same-sex marriage in a majority of states. But just when it appeared that same-sex marriage...more

"I Got Stuck in the Blood Pressure Machine at the Grocery Store and Couldn't Get Out!": How Employers Deal with the Most...

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

Six Considerations For Employers Faced With The Ebola Virus Or Other Infectious Diseases

As the Ebola virus has spread to a second city in the United States, and with the potential for additional cities to be affected, many businesses are faced with the difficult task of determining how to properly handle their...more

Prepare, Don’t Panic – Seven Tips for Ebola Preparedness in the Workplace

While there have only been four confirmed cases of Ebola in the United States, public concern about the potential spread of the virus has been growing rapidly. Most experts agree that the U.S. health system is well-equipped...more

First Zombies, Now Ebola, then What? Preparing for Communicable Diseases in the Workplace

Oh the good ol’ days, when employees were awaiting a fictional zombie apocalypse and getting them to pay attention to prevention and preparedness was easy thanks to zombie animation from the Centers for Disease Control and...more

Obligations During the Ebola Crisis: Ethical and Practical Considerations

Providers and health professionals face many challenges in the shifting sands of the Ebola response, including the extent of their duties to each other and their patients and their obligations under a myriad of laws,...more

Eighth Circuit: Doctor Is Unable to Maintain Employment Claims Due to Determination of Independent Contractor Status

From 1991 until 2011, Larry Alexander worked as a pathologist for Avera St. Luke's Hospital in South Dakota. Under the terms of his contract, Alexander was an independent contractor free from control of Avera. Alexander paid...more

When an Employee Requests FMLA Leave for a Workplace Injury, Is the Employer Required to Report it as an OSHA Event?

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

Ebola Virus Disease Labor & Employment Guidance

Frequently Asked Questions - Q: Is an employee with an Ebola infection entitled to leave under the Family Medical Leave Act? A: Generally, an employee who needs time off from work because he or she is sick, or...more

Employers Must Be Cautious in Addressing Ebola Concerns

Neither the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission nor the Centers for Disease Control has issued any specific guidance for employers to deal with Ebola issues. With multiple Ebola cases diagnosed in the United States...more

Be Prepared: Understanding the Impact That the Ebola Outbreak May Have on Employers

Two months ago, many Americans were unfamiliar with the term “Ebola.” It’s amazing how quickly things can change. Today, you cannot turn on your television or read a news article without hearing or seeing reference to this...more

New Ebola Orders from NY and NJ Governors Provide Additional Relief for Employers

Employers in New York and New Jersey who were wondering whether to require employees returning from the three West African nations of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea who had direct contact with a person with Ebola to stay...more

Court Determines that Employer's FMLA Notice Sent by Email is Not Reliable (Sending Employer World into Tizzy)

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

Ebola and the Workplace: What Employers Need To Know

In light of the Ebola virus outbreak abroad and the recent Ebola cases in the U.S., employers should be aware of the laws implicated in their treatment of employees. Though employment issues related to Ebola may appear to be...more

Jointly Controlled Employee is Eligible for FMLA Leave

The Seventh Circuit recently held that although an employee’s employer was too small to be covered by the FMLA (less than 50 employees), because the employee also provided services to a second company and together the two...more

Wait A Minute? Is Pregnancy a Disability Now?

On July 14, 2014, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued guidance relating to pregnancy discrimination. Since that time, in federal courts around the country the EEOC has filed multiple lawsuits on behalf of...more

"You Want More Time Off? "Dealing With Medical Leave Requests Under The FMLA And ADA

FMLA BASICS - - Applies to employers with over 50 employees within 75 miles - Applies to employees with at least 1,250 hours of service in last 12 months - Permits up to 12 weeks of total leave (job or equivalent...more

Polsinelli Podcasts - Safely Navigating the ADA, FMLA & Worker's Compensation Laws [Video]

Polsinelli Podcast to preview the firm's complimentary 2014 Labor and Employment Webinar Series with Employment Law attorney Gillian MKean Bidgood. The Employment Law Bermuda Triangle – Safely Navigating the Confluence of...more

What Employers Can Learn from Physicians When It Comes to Administering the FMLA

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

“You Want More Time Off?” – Dealing with Employees’ Medical Leave Requests Under the FMLA and ADA [Video]

The webinar will review the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA), focusing on the interplay between the two statutes and the differing employer and employee...more

ERISA’s “Overlapping Fields of Fire” Preempt Wisconsin’s Family and Medical Leave Act

Wisconsin’s Family and Medical Leave Act (“WFMLA”), requires that employers allow employees six weeks of unpaid leave following “[t]he birth of an employee’s natural child,” and that employers allow an employee to substitute...more

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