Hiring & Firing Family Medical Leave Act

Hiring & Firing refers to the process of recruiting, interviewing and offering employment and the process of evaluating performance and dismissing employees. Hiring & Firing is a highly regulated area and... more +
Hiring & Firing refers to the process of recruiting, interviewing and offering employment and the process of evaluating performance and dismissing employees. Hiring & Firing is a highly regulated area and can create tremendous liability for employers who fail to properly adhere to acceptable employment practices. Some of the potential pitfalls in this area stem from discriminatory hiring practices, improper performance evaluations, and retaliatory firings.  less -
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Employee’s Inability to Meet Job’s Attendance Requirements Divests her of ADA Protections Sixth Circuit Holds

The converging paths of the Family Medical Leave Act’s (FMLA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) ranks among the most difficult legal issues for employers to safely traverse. Employers should think twice before...more

Employment Law Letter - Spring 2016

Will Smoking Pot on the Job Get You Fired? You’d think that would be a slam dunk question, but if you’re a state employee whose union is willing to take your case to an arbitrator, apparently it isn’t. Back in 2012,...more

Second Circuit Defines Test for Individual Liability Under the FMLA

In Graziadio v. Culinary Institute of America, et al., 15-888-cv (2d. Cir. Mar. 17, 2016), the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit reversed the district court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of the...more

What’s Cooking at the General Assembly in 2016 (Part I)

The 2016 Connecticut General Assembly is about one month from ending its term so it’s a good opportunity to see what bills are still floating out there. I’ll do a bigger recap when we get close to the end of the session...more

Second Circuit Finds Human Resource Manager Personally Liable for FMLA Violations

The Family and Medical Leave Act imposes liability for interference by the “employer” with leave rights. Typically, the disgruntled employee asserts FMLA claims against the company employing him or her, but the Act also...more

Second Circuit Holds that Human Resources Directors may be Individually Liable for FMLA Violations

The Second Circuit recently held that a Director of Human Resources may be individually liable for violations of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Relying on the “economic reality” standard derived from the Fair Labor...more

Protecting Alcoholics, Preventing Alcohol Misuse and Distinguishing Between the Two

It has long been clear that the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) protects alcoholism if it qualifies as a “disability.”1  That said, courts have consistently held that employers can have legitimate work rules...more

FMLA Leave is Like a Hot Potato – Handle with Care or You Might Get Burned: The Message of the Culinary Institute Decision

Much has been written about the Second Circuit’s recent decision, finding that a Director of Human Resources at the Culinary Institute of America (“CIA”) was individually liable as an “employer” for FMLA interference and...more

Dollar General’s Firing of Employee on Leave Did Not Violate the ADA or FMLA

A recent Eleventh Circuit case under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) approved Dollar General’s termination of an employee on leave. The timing of Dollar General’s decision...more

Human Resource Professionals Beware — Second Circuit Finds HR Director May Be Individually Liable Under the FMLA

On March 17, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued a decision in Graziadio v. Culinary Institute of America. In that decision, the Court held that the facts (when viewed in the light most...more

HR Managers May Be Held Personally Liable for FMLA Violations, and Second Circuit Formally Adopts Tests for FMLA Interference and...

In Graziadio v. Culinary Institute of America, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit1 ruled that a human resources director could be personally liable as an “employer” for violating an employee’s rights...more

Right & Wrong Ways to Retain Key People: Top 3 Reasons Your Employees Feel They Work at Alcatraz

Employees are quitting their jobs in record numbers. In November 2015, 2.8 million quit. Executives are realizing there needs to be a more proactive approach in retaining their key employees. When employees quit, everything...more

Second Circuit Holds That HR Director May Be Individually Liable Under the FMLA Based On “Economic Realities” Analysis

It may not be well-known that the Family Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) provides for individual, as well as corporate liability. Therefore, in a matter of importance to Human Resources personnel, supervisors, and their employers,...more

Labor & Employment E-Note - March 2016

Are your cell phone policies as outdated as your original iPhone? Cell phones have become common place in today’s workplace and employers must consider the legal risks they pose. Thus, if you haven’t revisited your policies...more

Employment Law - March 2016 #2

California Appellate Panel Sets Standard for Disability Discrimination Jury Instructions - Why it matters - How should a California trial court properly instruct a jury regarding an employer's intent to discriminate...more

Supreme Judicial Court Reinstates Jury Verdict for Former Employee on FMLA Retaliation Claim

Last week’s Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) decision in Esler v. Sylvia-Reardon serves as an important reminder of the potential scope of employees’ rights under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)....more

Firing someone returning from leave

Taking action against an employee after they return from a Family and Medical Leave Act absence can expose an employer to claims of FMLA retaliation. But sometimes it takes an employee’s absence to learn about that employee’s...more

Eye-Popping Verdict For “The Little Guy” Against Wal-Mart

Last week, a federal jury (after only 3 hours of deliberation) awarded a Walmart female pharmacist... wait for it... $31 MILLION! Maureen McPadden, a 13-year Wal-Mart pharmacist, brought an action alleging retaliatory...more

Can You Fire An Employee Who Has Exhausted FMLA Leave?

An employee of yours goes out on medical leave. Suppose that you only have to abide by the federal FMLA law. After 12 weeks, the employee is still out. Can you simply fire the employee?...more

Managing FMLA Fraud: Avoid Negative Commentary

This last post in our three-part series on managing FMLA fraud is about how negative commentary – including emails with smiley face emoticons – can subvert an effort to show that a termination decision was based on an honest...more

Employment Law - January 2016

Does The ADEA Permit Disparate Impact Suits by Applicants? Eleventh Circuit Says Yes - Why it matters - The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals created a circuit split with a decision that the Age Discrimination in...more

5 Steps Every Employer Should Take To Effectively Manage Workers' Compensation Claims

Enacted in 1915, Pennsylvania’s Workers’ Compensation Act was viewed as a “great compromise,” with both sides giving up important safeguards. In exchange for medical and economic benefits, employees surrender their right...more

Labor and Employment Group News: Retaliation Claims Difficult to Defend

A recent judgment in the United States District Court in Connecticut of over Five Hundred Thousand Dollars ($502,402.05) illustrates the difficulties involved in defending retaliation claims. Summerlin v. Almost Family, Inc.,...more

Preparing for the 2016 California Legislative Session – and Elections

Even before California's 2016 session gets underway in January, legislative committees have been scheduling bills for hearing next month.  So far, hearings on bills of interest to California private-sector employers include...more

Tis The Season For Moonlighting: FMLA Leave and Secondary Employment

Every year at this time, we receive an increased number of inquiries from employers about suspected employee Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) abuse. One of the most common inquiries involves employees who have been...more

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