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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 -

There's No Crying at Work! But if an Employee Does Cry, Is That Sufficient Notice of the Need for FMLA Leave?

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Noemi was a secretary for a school district who claimed her coworkers made derogatory remarks about Hispanic students and their families. The last straw, according to Noemi, was when an associate principal allegedly told...more

Major Headaches Coming for Chicago and Cook County Employers When Implementing Paid Sick Leave Ordinances

by FordHarrison on

As most employers in the “Chicagoland” area are hopefully already aware, both Chicago and Cook County have enacted paid sick leave (PSL) ordinances that go into effect July 1, 2017. Although the two ordinances are remarkably...more

Georgia Enacts New Family Care Act That Broadens Permissible Uses Of Paid Sick Leave

by Bryan Cave on

Although Georgia still lags behind states that mandate paid sick leave, certain Georgia employees will now be able to use some of some of their paid sick leave to care for a qualifying family member without fear of reprisal....more

Parental Leave Policies: Are Yours Gender-Neutral?

by Zelle LLP on

Last week, a JP Morgan employee filed a complaint with the EEOC challenging JP Morgan’s parental leave policy. JP Morgan provides up to sixteen weeks of paid parental leave for the “primary caregiver” of a child, and up to...more

Paid Leave Wars: The Battles Intensify

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Mandatory paid leave is making some employers sick. With no national standard, states and cities are rolling out paid leave mandates at a dizzying pace. This presents daunting compliance challenges for employers with...more

New York's New Paid Family Leave Law: FAQs

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

New York’s Paid Family Leave Benefits Law (the “NYPFL Law”), the most comprehensive paid family leave program in the nation, goes into effect January 1, 2018. Starting on that date, employees will be eligible for up to eight...more

Avoiding State Law Pitfalls (Part 2 of 4)

by Bryan Cave on

This is the second hypothetical in our series showing how well-intentioned employers can violate unfamiliar state laws. Scenario #2 - A manager of a Chicago, Illinois restaurant calls you regarding a long-term employee...more

Is Your Company’s Hurricane Plan ready?

by Cozen O'Connor on

With the first tropical storm of the season bearing down on the Gulf Coast, it is a good time to dust off your HR Department’s Hurricane Plan and make sure it is up to date. If you don’t have one, it is an even better time to...more

Negotiating the Maze of Overlapping Leave Laws

by Payne & Fears on

Our experienced employment lawyers review major federal and California laws regarding employee leaves of absence and how they impact employers in 2017 and beyond. Topics include: • Creating a checklist for handling requests...more

“You Can’t Fire Me, I Just Came Back From FMLA Leave.”

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Contrary to apparent popular belief, employees who have recently taken leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) can be terminated for legitimate reasons unrelated to their FMLA leave. Establishing a...more

Washington State to Consider Paid Family Leave

by Stoel Rives LLP on

Last week, representatives of the business community and employee groups completed negotiations to create a paid family and medical leave insurance program in Washington. Many details need to be worked out, the actual...more

Employment Law This Week: NLRB’s “Quickie Election” Rules, Layoff Doesn’t Violate FMLA, Plans Exempt from ERISA, Amended...

by Epstein Becker & Green on

We invite you to view Employment Law This Week® - a weekly rundown of the latest news in the field, brought to you by Epstein Becker Green. We look at the latest trends, important court decisions, and new developments that...more

Documentation, Recording, and Credibility

by Zelle LLP on

Credibility matters in many employer-employee interactions. Hiring or promotion decisions may be made, in part, based on a candidate’s apparent trustworthiness. Internal investigations seek to determine who to believe. Jobs...more

Saved – Or Sunk – By the Job Description?

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

A job description identifying essential job functions can be an employer’s best friend—if drafted correctly. Two recent cases illustrate the importance of accurate job descriptions.Eddy Reyes was a sales representative for a...more

Legislative Recap: Pregnancy Accommodations But No Paid FMLA

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Well, the Connecticut General Assembly ended earlier this week and, as predicted, it ended with a whimper and not a bang. Many employment law proposals failed to receive votes, including those on minimum wage and Paid FMLA,...more

Trump's Parental Leave Plan: How to Plan for the Plan

by Baker Donelson on

The White House released its 2018 budget plan in late May and amid various cuts and increases to existing agencies, paid parental leave is included as part of the plan. Other than in the handful of states with mandatory leave...more

Cook County, Illinois Publishes Final Rules for Sick Leave Ordinance: Employers, Are You Ready?

by Littler on

On July 1, 2017, the Cook County Earned Sick Leave Ordinance goes into effect. The Ordinance (at the time of this writing) provides certain employees in approximately 2/3 of the Cook County’s municipalities with paid sick...more

Chicago Issues Draft Regulations for Its Paid Sick Leave Ordinance: How Do They Differ from the Cook County Earned Sick Leave...

by Clark Hill PLC on

On June 16, 2016, Chicago passed its Paid Sick Leave Ordinance (the "Chicago Ordinance"), which requires every employer that maintains a business within Chicago and/or is subject to Chicago license requirements - except those...more

Intermittent Leave Under the FMLA – The Basics

Congress adopted the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (“FMLA”) to provide job security for employees who must miss work due to their own serious health condition, the birth of their children, to care for family members...more

Chicago Employers Have Until June 16 to Weigh In On Proposed Paid Sick Leave Regs

by Cozen O'Connor on

Effective July 1, 2017, Chicago and Cook County will join a growing contingent of localities that require employers to offer paid sick leave to employees. Here’s what employers need to understand now to avoid being caught off...more

Revised Regulations Issued for New York Paid Family Leave Law

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: On May 25, 2017, the Workers’ Compensation Board, incorporating comments from Seyfarth Shaw LLP and other industry groups, proposed another set of revised regulations for New York’s Paid Family Leave Law. ...more

“Congratulations – Now, Back To Work!” What Employers Need To Know About The Fifth Trimester

by Fisher Phillips on

Parents everywhere are familiar with the joys and trials of the three trimesters of pregnancy. The term “fourth trimester” has also gained widespread recognition, that three-month period when a baby gets used to living...more

Get Ready: An Update on the Cook County and Chicago Paid Sick Leave Laws

The Cook County Commission on Human Rights has issued its final regulations for the Cook County Earned Sick Leave Ordinance. The final regulations, which contain substantial changes from the draft regulations, can be found on...more

Steps for Solving the Wage Deduction Dilemma

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

Figuring out what deductions from an employee’s wages are permitted and prohibited under the law is a quandary. May an employer deduct an employee’s wages for personal charges on the company’s credit card? What about the cost...more

Is Crying At Work Sufficient Notice Of An FMLA Covered Condition?

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

It is well established that an employee need not specifically request leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) in order to benefit from the Act’s protections. Rather, the law requires the employer to take action...more

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