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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 -

Recent Guidelines in Handling FMLA Claims

by Taylor English Duma LLP on

Your employee takes twelve weeks of FMLA, but cannot return when her leave expires. Her doctor certifies that she needs an additional 30 days of recuperation, but she claims she can do light-duty work during that 30 day...more

New York Publishes Revised Proposed Regulations for Paid Family Leave

On May 24, 2017, the New York Workers’ Compensation Board (the “Board”) issued another set of proposed regulations implementing the New York Paid Family Leave Law (PFL). The initial proposed regulations were published on...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 eighth in a monthly series highlighting some of the more common mistakes employers can...more

Fourth Circuit Says FMLA Allows Reinstatement to Equivalent Position Even If Original Job Remains

Employees taking leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) are entitled to be reinstated to their previous job or to an equivalent position. The equivalent position must be the substantially the same in terms of...more

Can Employers Require Medical Confirmation of Pregnancy for FLMA Leave Purposes?

When an employee seeks Family and Medical Leave for a serious health condition, the company routinely gives the employee requesting the leave the DOL medical certification form to be completed by their healthcare provider. In...more

Answers to Seven Complicated Questions About Arizona's New Paid Sick Time Law

by Jaburg Wilk on

Previously, we addressed eight common questions that employers have about Arizona’s new paid sick time (“PST”) law, which goes into effect on July 1, 2017. As the law is complex, we are answering seven of the more difficult,...more

Draft Regulations On Cook County, Illinois, Paid Sick Leave Released

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Draft regulations that will govern its interpretation and enforcement of the Cook County “Earned Sick Leave” Ordinance have been released by the Cook County Commission on Human Rights. The final regulations will be adopted by...more

A Primer On Substituting Paid Leave For Unpaid Disability Leave Under Federal And California Law

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Among the many questions California employers face when navigating the ins and outs of various disability leave laws is under what circumstances an employee may choose or be required to utilize paid time off for an otherwise...more

Mother’s Day Employment Law Quiz! Pregnancy, Lactation, You Name It!

Happy Mother’s Day weekend to all of you who are, or who have, mothers. (I think that covers everybody.) I couldn’t think of a better way to start this weekend than with a quiz on pregnancy discrimination, lactation...more

QBB Review: What employers should know—but often don’t—about employee substance abuse

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Many employers believe that alcohol and substance abusers are primarily unemployed or unemployable. Data shows the opposite. Indeed, one study estimates that 90 percent of alcoholics and 74 percent of drug addicts are...more

Employers Face Increased Risk Of FMLA Class Actions As Court Holds That FMLA Claims Are Appropriate For Class Certification Under...

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: A recent decision has added to the chorus of courts recognizing that FMLA class actions must be pursued under Rule 23 and are often appropriate for class certification. As a practical matter, this means...more

Are Remote Employees Eligible for FMLA Leave?

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

More and more employees are working remotely these days. So, what does an employer do when an employee who works from home—more than 75 miles from the employer’s office—requests FMLA leave? ...more

Sixth Circuit Extends "Cat’s Paw" Liability Theory to FMLA Retaliation Claims

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Properly identifying the decisionmaker in an employment discrimination case is important because it is the intent of the decisionmaker that determines whether an adverse employment action was motivated by a discriminatory or...more

Managing the Competing Obligations of the FMLA and ADA

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

An employee asks for over 12 weeks of leave for an illness under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)—does this also constitute a request for accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)? The interplay...more

Sixth Circuit Says "Cat's Paw" Theory Applies to FMLA Retaliation Claim

Employers sometimes defend retaliation claims by responding that the person or persons making the adverse employment decision was not aware of the plaintiff’s prior complaint. In the employment discrimination context, the...more

Is Your Company Ready For The Chicago And Cook County Sick Leave Ordinances Effective July 1, 2017?

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

The July 1st effective date of the Cook County and Chicago Sick Leave Ordinances is quickly approaching and employers must review their paid time off, sick and vacation policies now to ensure compliance with the new...more

What Should I Tell Employees On Leave About Their FMLA Usage? Everything!

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

When it comes to FMLA leave administration, “don’t sweat the details” is rarely a wise axiom. Details matter. A lot. A recent decision by an Illinois federal court reinforces that lesson. In March 2015, Amanda Dusik...more

An Industry In Transition: Gender Identity Issues Impacting Healthcare

by Fisher Phillips on

Employment law has always been on the cutting edge when it comes to emerging societal issues. Like little microcosms, the workplace reflects society as a whole. The healthcare industry is no exception. All people, regardless...more

When do related companies get combined for purposes of FMLA?

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Consider this example: Company A has 30 employees in Greenville and Company B has 30 employees in Spartanburg. Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) analysis is easy, right? Neither company has 50 employees, and, therefore,...more

PilieroMazza Legal Advisor - Second Quarter 2017

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

Special Labor and Employment Issue - This issue of the Legal Advisor is a special edition focusing entirely on Labor and Employment topics. The articles in this issue highlight challenges we often encounter and help...more

Is It Time To Recall Some Of Your HR Policies?

by Fisher Phillips on

Factory recalls have become a fact of life for those who sell and drive vehicles. The scenarios have a common theme: a vehicle part does not operate as designed or is determined to present a possible risk of failure. Once...more

District of Columbia Enacts the Universal Paid Leave Act

by Littler on

In late 2016, after more than a year of debate, the District of Columbia Council voted to create one of the most generous paid leave laws in the country. After making it through the congressional review period, the Universal...more

If Pain, Yes Gain—Part XXVIII: Cook County Releases Draft Sick Leave Regulations

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: As the Cook County Earned Sick Leave Ordinance’s July 1, 2017 effective date nears, the County has released draft regulations seeking to clarify and expand certain aspects of the Ordinance, including the...more

Open for Comment: Cook County Commission on Human Rights Issues Draft Regulations on Earned Sick Leave Ordinance

On April 10, 2017, the Cook County Commission on Human Rights posted draft regulations for the Cook County Earned Sick Leave Ordinance. The Cook County ordinance was passed on October 5, 2016, and will take effect on July 1,...more

Employment Law - April 2017

Eleventh Circuit: Title VII Doesn’t Prohibit Sexual Orientation Discrimination - Why it matters - In a decision that is already being cited in other courts around the country, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh...more

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