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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Expect Big Changes in Labor and Employment From the Trump Administration

Since at least the 1920s, Republicans have been viewed as the party of commerce, small government and less regulation. And, to be sure, most Republicans still are. But Donald Trump challenged all of those assumptions by...more

Termination of Employee for FMLA Abuse Affirmed by Fourth Circuit

FMLA abuse is an increasing problem oftentimes leaving employers searching for options. However, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals gave employers a win in Sharif v. United Airlines, Inc., when it affirmed an employer’s...more

Penske and the warehouse manager: Logistics of FMLA interference

FMLA Rights - Discrepancies and dishonesty - Kris Olson was a warehouse manager for Penske Logistics. After 12 years with the company, he received his first formal disciplinary notice in January 2014. He was given...more

The Election is Over, Now What?

Now that the election is over, many clients and friends are asking what labor and employment law might look like under the soon to be President Trump. Of course, no one can predict exactly what will happen in the coming term....more

From the Archives: The Basics of Bereavement Leaves in Connecticut

As I noted last week, I’m taking a few days off from the blog. In the meantime, I’m going to be re-running a few posts from my “Basics” series way back in 2008-9 that you might have missed. I hope you find them helpful....more

Does Paid Leave Become Reality in a Trump Administration? And Who is His Likely Choice to Head the Department of Labor?

Every other employment attorney has been offering their opinion on how the election of Donald Trump will impact employment law. So, I’d feel left out of this riveting discussion if I didn’t offer my two cents about how a...more

Sick Leave Laws Expanded in Chicago, Cook County and Illinois

Three new leave laws in Illinois provide more paid and unpaid leave for employees, but they also impose new obligations on employers. On June 22, 2016, Chicago enacted an ordinance that, when it goes into effect on...more

New Arizona Law Provides Minimum Wage Increases And Paid Sick Time

On November 8, 2016, Arizona voters enacted the Fair Wages and Healthy Families Act (“FWHFA” or “the Act”), which amends the Arizona Minimum Wage Act (“AMWA”) to provide for incremental increases to the minimum wage for...more

Employers May Seek More Than Just a “Doctor’s Note” For FMLA Certification

Over the years, one of my favorite employment law blogs has been Jeff Nowak’s FMLA Insights. He really takes a deep dive into the subject and I’ve had the opportunity over the years to exchange ideas with Jeff....more

Fourth Circuit Finds Sufficient Evidence of FMLA Fraud to Defeat Interference Claim

Employees approved for unscheduled intermittent Family and Medical Leave (FMLA) can drive their employers crazy. While most such employees use the leave responsibly for true medical conditions, employers sometimes notice a...more

Fourth Circuit Finds Sufficient Evidence of FMLA Fraud to Defeat Interference Claim

Employees approved for unscheduled intermittent Family and Medical Leave (FMLA) can drive their employers crazy. While most such employees use the leave responsibly for true medical conditions, employers sometimes notice a...more

Implementing Arizona’s New Paid Sick Time Law: What Employers Need to Know

Last month we wrote about the likely passage of Arizona’s Proposition 206, the so-called Minimum Wage and Paid Time Off Initiative, and we touched on some of its key elements. Now that Prop. 206 has passed, we offer the...more

Yes, Cher, you can ‘Turn Back Time’—you’ll just have to pay for it

By the way, if you haven’t heard, the Cubs won something called “the World Series.” Our long, national nightmare—arrogant Cubs fans—has now officially begun. Now, onto things that actually matter. This past weekend, we...more

Montgomery County Sick and Safe Leave Law Amended to Permit Use for Birth, Adoption, Foster Care, and Bonding

Effective immediately, employers in Montgomery County, Maryland must allow eligible employees in the County to use up to 56 hours of paid sick and safe leave provided under Montgomery County’s sick and safe leave law for...more

Clinton or Trump? The Future of Employment Law and Workplace Safety Regulation

What has evolved (or devolved) into perhaps the most controversial election in American history, could translate in a couple of months into a whirlwind for labor and workplace safety policy. Stark differences between the...more

Can an Employer Require That an Employee Submit FMLA Certification from a Specialist to Support the Need for FMLA Leave?

When it comes to FMLA medical certification, my clients have many complaints. One beef, in particular, is vague medical information they receive on a certification completed by the employee’s primary care physician. This...more

FMLA Fraud Finding Leads To Employer Court Victory - 3 Things You Need To Know About Latest Decision

An employer recently claimed a significant victory in a case brought by a former employee who believed he had been unfairly targeted for termination because of his Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave request. The...more

OSHA Proposed Citations Covered by Texas Judge’s Grant of Preliminary Injunction to Government Contractors Challenging...

Seyfarth Synopsis: The first of several anticipated challenges to Executive Order 13673, “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces,” has resulted in a preliminary injunction staying the implementation of some – but not all – aspects of...more

Stuck in Cape Town Again

By creatively patching together scheduled days off, vacation days, and personal holidays, and then switching a shift, the plaintiff put together 21 days off. Unfortunately, he was still scheduled for one shift right in the...more

Illinois Employees Hit the Sick Leave Trifecta: Important Changes to Take Effect in 2017

Three recently enacted laws expanding sick leave benefits within the state of Illinois will soon impact employers with operations in Illinois: the Illinois Employee Sick Leave Act (effective in January of 2017); the Chicago...more

To Accommodate or not to Accommodate: How to Know if Your Employee Actually Requested a Reasonable Accommodation

A divided federal appeals court recently reminded employers that an employee’s request for a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) need not be explicit in order to invoke the interactive...more

Cook County, Illinois Becomes First in the Midwest to Mandate Countywide Paid Sick Leave

On October 5, 2016, the Cook County Board of Commissioners passed the Cook County Earned Sick Leave Ordinance (the “Ordinance”). Notably, Cook County, Illinois encompasses the City of Chicago, which passed its own paid sick...more

An Example of the Interplay Between State and Federal FMLA

Any Connecticut employer with more than 50 employees is subject to both the state and federal Family and Medical Leave Acts. The key provisions of the two laws are nearly identical, with one significant exception: the...more

Fifth Circuit Flips Grant Of Summary Judgment Against EEOC in ADA Case

Seyfarth Synopsis: In an ADA action regarding disability discrimination, the Fifth Circuit reversed a District Court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of the employer and against the EEOC, noting that even though the...more

Extended Leave Under the ADA: Necessary Next Steps to Consider

Earlier this summer, I wrote an article for the July issue of our firm's L&E Newsletter, surveying cases on when an employee's request for extended medical leave is, and is not, a reasonable accommodation under the ADA. As...more

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