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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 -
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Some Little-Known Leave of Absence Requirements

Connecticut employers are generally familiar with the chief leave of absence requirements, such as family and medical leave (starting with employers of 50 or more employees who are covered by federal FMLA) or leave for...more

FMLA FAQ: Can An Employer Require A Doctor's Note For Each Intermittent FMLA Absence?

Over the past few weeks, I have had the pleasure of presenting on complex FMLA issues for attorneys and HR professionals attending several seminars sponsored by the National Employment Law Institute (NELI), which puts on some...more

May an Employer Request a Fitness for Duty Exam After an FMLA Leave?

When an employee goes out on an approved medical leave and returns to work following the leave, employers sometimes question whether the employee is ready to return to the workplace. Most employers correctly request a release...more

Ninth Circuit Upholds Jury Verdict For Employer, Holding That Employee Affirmatively Declined to Take FMLA Leave

In Escriba v. Foster Poultry Farms, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld a jury verdict in favor of an employer on an employee’s Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) claims. The employer discharged Escriba...more

FMLA FAQ: Can An Employer Designate FMLA Leave When An Employee Refuses To Provide Medical Certification?

I received a ton of feedback last week in response to my post about whether an employee can decline FMLA leave even though the absence qualifies under the Act. One question, in particular, was thrown at me repeatedly, and it...more

Employment Law Advisory for February 28, 2014: The EEOC's New Challenge to a 12 Month Maximum Medical Leave Policy

Human resource professionals know that administering leave policies and practices is one of the most difficult tasks for any employer. An employer’s obligations to provide reasonable accommodation to a disabled employee and...more

Proposed Family and Medical Leave Enhancement Act Would Have Large Impact on Employers

U.S. House Representative Carolyn B. Maloney of New York has introduced H.R. 3999, which would provide for a far-reaching expansion of the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”). The bill introduces two big changes to...more

Last Call! Third Circuit Court Of Appeals Rules That Employer Can Terminate Employee For Violating Strict No Alcohol Return To...

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals recently issued a decision holding that an employer's termination of an employee for violating a very broad and restrictive return to work agreement (RWA), which prohibited the employee from...more

2013 Employment and Labor Law Final Exam

As the end of 2013 quickly approaches, it is time to put your employment and labor law knowledge to the test with Nexsen Pruet’s third annual final exam. We will send out answers to the exam on December 17th. Be sure to email...more

FMLA FAQ: My Employee Took A Whole Lot Of Leave Last Year. Is He Even Eligible Now For FMLA Leave?

Q: We have an exempt, managerial employee who in this past year took all 12 weeks of FMLA leave, and six additional weeks of unpaid leave. He also was intermittently absent for digestive problems to the tune of about four...more

Employment Newsletter - March 2013: Recent Federal District Court Case Highlights the Importance of “Individual” FMLA Notices to...

The New Jersey U.S. District Court has held that providing a general notice of employee rights and responsibilities under the FMLA may not be enough to avoid liability even where an employee has received all required leave...more

Take 5 Newsletter: California's Leave Laws Could Potentially Create the Perfect Storm for Employers

National employers often find it challenging to navigate the employment laws of the various states in which they do business. In most cases, the easiest solution may be to adopt national policies that follow federal law. This...more

Time for Employers to Review Their Family Medical Leave Act Policies Following the Supreme Court's Decision to Strike Down DOMA

Employers in the District of Columbia, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington should review their Family Medical...more

Failing To Recognize An Employee's Need For FMLA Leave Can Be A Costly, Painful Mistake

Employers, can we have a heart to heart? I need to get something off my chest. ...more

Supreme Court Finds DOMA to Be Unconstitutional -- Impact on Employers Explained

On June 26, 2013, a majority of the Supreme Court held in United States v. Windsor that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defined marriage for purposes of federal law as the union of a man and a woman, is...more

When is a House Not a Home?

A woman takes a day off work to drive her significant other to a doctor’s appointment after he complains of having heart issues. ...more

Employee Fired For Absences Exceeding His Certification Can Raise A Viable FMLA Claim

Have you ever made a rash decision that you wish you could take back the second you made it? ...more

Colorado Family Care Act To Go Into Effect

On May 3, 2013, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed into law the new Family Care Act (FCA). The law attempts to broaden the qualifying reasons for employee leave under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). ...more

Failure To Provide Additional Leave As ADA Accommodation Could Prove Costly To Employers

For ages, the employer community has awaited guidance from the EEOC regarding how much additional leave, if any, an employer is required to provide an employee as an ADA reasonable accommodation when an employee is unable to...more

Employment Law -- Jun 05, 2013

From the Hill: FMLA Amendment and Anti-Arbitration Legislation - Lawmakers on the Hill are considering two employment-related bills that would make changes to the Family and Medical Leave Act and invalidate pre-dispute...more

Leave-of-Absence Issues Managers Need to Know

In many organizations, the human resources function is handled by specialists who guide managers' decision-making to ensure consistency with myriad employment laws. It is not uncommon, however, for HR professionals to get...more

Does "I Quit" Really Mean I Need FMLA Leave?

Imagine you have an employee who is out three weeks on a medical leave protected by the FMLA. The employee suffers from a serious mental condition (or some other chronic condition), which has required her to take FMLA...more

DOL Issues Final Regulations Implementing the 2009 FMLA Amendments

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) regulations issued by the Department of Labor (DOL) in 2009 addressed the new military leave requirements established in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 (FY...more

Legislative Update: Social Media Account Protection and Paid FMLA?

With just a few weeks left in what has turned out to be a very unpredictable legislative session in Connecticut, there are still several bills up for consideration that employers need to be on the look out for. ...more

Healthcare Update, No. 2, May 2013: Facebook Foils FMLA Faker

The legitimate and beneficial purposes of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) are undeniable. The law provides employees who have a serious health condition, are caring for a family member with a serious health condition,...more

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