Family Medical Leave Act Hiring & Firing

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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Third Circuit Court Offers Employers Insight into FMLA and ADA

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals recently waded into the waters of the Family Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), finding that an employer did not violate the FMLA or ADA where it...more

Fear of Failure – Terminating Employees with Extensive FMLA and non-FMLA Absences

It’s a scenario that frustrates many employers. An employee with extensive intermittent FMLA absences, possibly including absences for different covered reasons, is also absent for many unspecified or unprotected reasons...more

Court OK’s termination of diabetic employee for misconduct

A recent federal appeals court decision case upheld an employer’s termination of a diabetic employee for misconduct, despite the employee’s argument that her poor work performance was a result of low-blood sugar....more

“I’ll Be Back To Work Soon”: Massachusetts Addresses An Employer’s Obligations When Employee On Leave Gives An Indefinite Return...

Seyfarth Synopsis: On February 5, 2017, in M.C.A.D. v. Country Bank for Savings, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (“MCAD”) held that an employer engaged in unlawful disability discrimination when it...more

2018: California Employment Laws on the Horizon

Are you finally caught up on all of the new California laws taking effect in 2017? Then begin preparing for 2018 because the California legislature has been busy drafting another set of employment related laws. Here is a...more

Can We Lawfully Terminate an Employee After He Submits a Vague Doctor's Note Seeking an Extension of Leave? In a Word, Yes.

An employee’s 12 weeks of FMLA leave has exhausted, and over the past several weeks, he’s provided you a series of vague doctor’s notes typically containing nothing more than a one-liner extending his medical leave of absence...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

The “Honest Belief” Defense Comes to the Third Circuit

In the Third Circuit, an employer’s honest belief that an employee committed misconduct can now serve as a defense to a retaliation claim under the FMLA. With the recent decision in Capps v. Mondelez Global, LLC the Third...more

ADA and FMLA Claims Fail for Call Center Employee Who Dropped Calls

In a published opinion, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) do not require employers to excuse an employee’s misconduct...more

Cushman & Wakefield will Pay $100,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

Commercial Real Estate Services Company Fired Employee with Breast Cancer, Federal Agency Charged - BALTIMORE - Commercial Real Estate Services Company Cushman & Wakefield will pay $100,000 and furnish significant relief...more

Employment Law - February 2017

Ninth Circuit Sends Employment Dispute to Arbitration - Why it matters - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit sent an employment dispute to arbitration, reversing a denial of the employer's motion to...more

Third Circuit Upholds Termination of Employee Based on DUI During FMLA Leave

Employers sometimes receive information about employees on medical leave that makes them question the legitimacy of the leave request. For example, an employee who is approved for Family and Medical Leave to care for a sick...more

6 Employment Actions That Can “Automatically” Land Your Hospital In Court

As a healthcare employer, it must be tempting to want to develop rigid workplace rules that will help newbie bosses reach conclusions almost automatically, especially where the best nurses or techs often become supervisors...more

Weighty Issues: Obesity And The But-For Test Under The ADAAA

Obesity is still a hot topic both in our health conscious culture and in our courtrooms where we continue to see ADAAA claims based on the notion that an employer fired an employee because the employee was obese. After the...more

Third Circuit Says “Last Call” for Employee Terminated After Caught Drinking While on FMLA “Bed Rest”

On January 31, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit joined the Seventh, Eighth and Tenth Circuits in holding that an employer’s honest belief that its employee was misusing FMLA leave is enough to...more

Third Circuit adopts the “honest belief” defense to FMLA retaliation claims and confirms that FMLA leave requests can double as...

The Third Circuit’s recent decision in Capps v. Mondelez Global, LLC is a mixed bag for employers. The good news is that it establishes that an employer’s honest belief that its employee misused FMLA leave can defeat a...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

Seventh Circuit Affirms FMLA Retaliation Claim Based on Employer Ending Home Working Arrangement

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) does not require employers to agree to allow employees to work from home based on medical restrictions. The Americans with Disabilities Act may require employers to provide such...more

What Does “At-Will” Employment Mean?

Most Arizona employers are aware that Arizona is an “at-will” employment state. However, many do not understand what that means. In short, it means that an employee can be terminated for any reason or no reason, except a...more

Employee’s ADA and FMLA Claims Survive Summary Judgment After Leaving Work Early To Go To Hospital

In Knight v. Barry Callebaut USA Service Company, Inc., the United States District Court of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania denied an employer’s motion for summary judgment on claims brought by a terminated employee...more

What Am I Doing Wrong?? Common FMLA Mistakes.

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

Employer Responsibilities re Mental Health Conditions

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently issued a “User-Friendly Document” explaining the rights of job applicants and employees with mental health conditions. In doing so, the EEOC has confirmed that individuals...more

What Does Florida's New Medical Marijuana Law Mean for Employers?

As employers in Florida prepare for the new year, many may wonder how Florida’s new medical marijuana law will impact them. In the November 2016 election, Florida as well as Arkansas, North Dakota and Montana all approved...more

Top 5 HR resolutions for not getting sued in 2017

As 2016 draws to a close, each of us will likely take time to reflect on what we hope to achieve in the coming year. In my case, this reflection usually involves resolving to be happier and more productive and reduce my carb...more

EEOC Issues Publication Informing Job Applicants and Employees with Mental Health Conditions of their Employment Rights

On December 12, 2016, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a user-friendly resource document aimed at informing applicants and employees with mental health conditions about their workplace rights...more

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