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Family Medical Leave Act Pregnancy

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 -

Gavel to Gavel: Preventing pregnancy, maternity, paternity discrimination in workplace

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The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission continues to prioritize “accommodating pregnancy-related limitations under the Americans with Disability Act Amendments Act and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act,” according to its...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

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

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

Latest Developments from the Connecticut General Assembly: The Labor and Public Employees Committee Begins to Speak - April 2017

We earlier had written on Working Together about the proposed bills that the General Assembly’s Labor and Public Employees Committee voted favorably on and advanced out of committee at its February 21, 2017 and March 2, 2017...more

Twins for Clooneys! How to manage pregnant employees who aren’t gazillionaire celebs

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A-list celebrity George Clooney, long considered Hollywood’s most eligible bachelor, surprised the world when he married international human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin back in 2014 after decades of assuring journalists,...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 fourth in a monthly series highlighting some of the more common mistakes employers can...more

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

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

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

Zika Virus: What Do Employers Need to Know?

by K&L Gates LLP on

The spread of the Zika virus across South and Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean as well as locally acquired infections in parts of the United States, raises various issues for employers. On January 22, 2016, the...more

Why Should Employers Take Pregnancy Discrimination and Accommodation Seriously? Here Are More Than 500,000 Reasons Why.

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Doris worked for the Chipotle restaurant chain. And she was pregnant. After she announced her pregnancy to her supervisor, Doris claimed her boss began monitoring her bathroom breaks (then berated her for taking too long),...more

Updating Your Employee Handbook for 2016

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Employee handbooks are an important way for employers to communicate rules, expectations and benefits to employees. They also can serve as a way for the company to establish its brand and convey its history and corporate...more

Pre-and Post-Partum Protection: Colorado Enacts A Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

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States and municipalities around the country are increasingly providing more protection for pregnant employees. As recently as April 2016, San Francisco became the first municipality to enact fully paid parental leave for up...more

The Workplace is Not Immune: Guidance for Employers on the Zika Virus Outbreak

On April 22, 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) jointly issued new guidance aimed at protecting workers from occupational exposure to the...more

DOL and EEOC Offer Insight into How They Will Approach FMLA and Reasonable Accommodation Enforcement

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

This week, I had the pleasure of presenting with Department of Labor and EEOC officials on key developments out of Washington with respect to leave management and accommodations.  Our presentation was part of the...more

Illinois Releases Pregnancy Accommodation Proposed Rules

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR) released proposed rules regulating pregnancy discrimination and accommodation in employment. Released on July 17, 2015, these rules are authorized by the Illinois Pregnancy...more

New CFRA Amendments Take Effect July 1

by Nossaman LLP on

On July 1, 2015, as previously reported, new California Family Rights Act ("CFRA") regulations will take effect. These amended regulations clarify areas of confusion and bring the CFRA into closer alignment with its federal...more

A Pregnant Pause: Using ADR to Resolve Pregnancy-Related Workplace Issues

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A recent case heard before the U.S. Supreme Court, Young v. UPS (issued March 25, 2015), caught the attention of many women and employers as well. In Young, the Court interpreted the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA), in...more

The ‘interactive process’ for handling work restrictions during pregnancy

Our first segments in our six-part series on pregnancy in the workplace focused on how the ADA, FMLA and PDA apply in the workplace to employees before, during, and after pregnancy and child birth. In this segment, we narrow...more

3 real world examples of pregnancy challenges in the workplace

Question 1: After recovery from child birth, if an employer provides an additional four weeks of leave time (paid or unpaid) for a female employee for parenting or bonding time with the child, must the employer treat...more

Legal approaches to pregnancy in the workplace

The Obama Administration has made it clear that it wants to increase protections for pregnant employees. There is also significant discussion in the media about family-friendly workplaces. Against this backdrop, employers,...more

In The Eleventh Circut, Employers Can Terminate “Protected” Employees For Poor Performance And Violation Of Company Policy

On December 4, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit upheld summary judgment in favor of an employer against a pregnant employee who had requested FMLA, who was told by her direct supervisor “that [her]...more

Lessons Learned from the EEOC's Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination

by Barley Snyder on

A pregnant nursing assistant for a long term care facility gives her employer a doctor’s note with a 20 pound lifting restriction for the duration of her pregnancy. The job requires her to lift in excess of 50 pounds on a...more

Wait A Minute? Is Pregnancy a Disability Now?

by Baker Donelson on

On July 14, 2014, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued guidance relating to pregnancy discrimination. Since that time, in federal courts around the country the EEOC has filed multiple lawsuits on behalf of...more

Employment Flash - September 2014

In This Issue: - SEC Pays First Whistleblower Award to Audit and Compliance Professional - Supreme Court Allows Affordable Care Act Contraceptives Religious Exemption - EEOC Adopts New Pregnancy...more

FMLA FAQ: Can an Employer Persuade an Employee to Work Instead of Taking FMLA Leave Because Her Job is Really Important?

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Evans was employed by Books-A-Million (BAM) as a payroll manager. Evans apparently became pregnant at an inopportune time — right at a time when BAM was implementing a new payroll system. As supervisors are prone to do,...more

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