Leave of Absence

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Reminder: Three New Statutory Leaves of Absence are Set to Take Effect in Ontario on October 29, 2014

On October 29, 2014, the following three new job-protected leaves of absence will come into effect under Ontario’s Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA)...more

Compliance Reminder – New Statutory Leaves in Ontario

Employers should be aware that effective as of October 29, 2014, statutory leaves of absence in Ontario under the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (the “ESA”) will be expanded to include the new “family caregiver leave”,...more

Got an Outdated Employee Handbook? Update Now!

What Employer doesn’t have an Employee Handbook with the requisite at-will language to defeat implied contract claims? So 1990’s. It’s 2014… Time to Update these HOT Employment Areas...more

Third Circuit Sets Standard for Return to Work Under the Family and Medical Leave Act

On August 27, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued an opinion in Budhun v. Reading Hospital and Medical Center reversing the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, which granted...more

10 Ways Your Personnel Policies Are Exposing Your Company to Legal Risk (And What to Do About It)

Your company’s personnel policies set expectations and standards for your employees, and can be used as a key defense tool in litigation. Accordingly, it is important to conduct regular audits of these policies to ensure they...more

California Family Rights Act Interference Claims Proceed

Moore v. Century Gaming Management, Inc., No. B249978 (June 4, 2014): The California Court of Appeal recently ruled in an employee’s favor in a suit in which she claimed that her employer interfered with her rights under the...more

Must an Employer Modify its Leave of Absence Policy to Ensure Compliance with the ADA?

When is modification of a no-fault or inflexible leave of absence policy required as an accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)? Although the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has taken the...more

DOL Proposes Rulemaking to Amend Definition of "Spouse" for FMLA

In 2013, the United States Supreme Court held, in U.S. v. Windsor, that the Defense of Marriage Act's limitation of "marriage" and "spouse" to heterosexual couples was unconstitutional. Thereafter, President Obama instructed...more

Executive Briefing

In its decision on Templemire v. W&M Welding, Inc., the Missouri Supreme Court imposed a minimalist “contributing factor” causation standard on workers’ compensation retaliation claims. The decision overrules two precedents,...more

FMLA Leave Requests: Do Employees Need to Specify the Expected Duration of Leave?

Under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), whether an employee is required to specify the expected duration of leave on a FMLA application depends on whether the leave is categorized as foreseeable or unforeseeable leave. If...more

Can I help my sick family member without losing my job?

aring for a critically ill family member can be an emotionally taxing and stressful experience. Canadian law recognizes the inherent difficulties in balancing an employee’s desire to care for an ill family member and their...more

DOL Proposes to Extend FMLA Definitions of Spouse to All Same-Sex Marriages

Last Friday, the Department of Labor announced a series of changes to federal regulations intended to expand federal benefits to same-sex spouses. Among the changes are proposed revisions to the definition of “spouse” under...more

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

Tenth Circuit Says a Leave of Absence of More than Six Months Is Virtually Never a Required Accommodation

“[R]easonable accommodations…are all about enabling employees to work, not to not work.” This fundamental insight guides the recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, holding that a six-month,...more

Employer Can Require Fitness-For-Duty Examination After Return From FMLA Leave

A California appeals court in White v. County of Los Angeles held that an employer could require a fitness-for-duty examination after returning an employee to work based on her medical provider’s certificate, provided that...more

Employer's Improper And Untimely FMLA Notices Didn't Harm Employee, So No FMLA Violation

Here’s a shout out to all you employers out there who forget to send your employees the proper FMLA notices when they seek leave for a reason covered by the FMLA. Occasionally, the courts have your back, despite your lack of...more

Three New Statutory Leaves of Absence are Set to Take Effect in Ontario on October 29, 2014

On April 29, 2014, Bill 21, the Employment Standards Amendment Act (Leaves to Help Families), 2014, was passed and received royal assent in Ontario. This means that, effective October 29, 2014, the list of job-protected...more

EEOC Commissioner Gives Insight Into Handling Employee Leaves Of Absence After FMLA Is Exhausted

Last week, I had the pleasure of co-presenting with EEOC Commissioner Chai Feldblum on the topic of “leave” as a reasonable accommodation under the ADA. Our presentation was part of an FMLA/ADA compliance conference hosted...more

Ringing in the New Year: A Summary of New California Employment Laws for 2014

California’s 2012-2013 Legislative Session concluded with the enactment of a variety of new laws that will affect California employers. In light of these developments, summarized below, California employers should review...more

California Employment Law Update: What’s New for 2014

The California Legislature was unusually active this year. Significantly, California increased the state minimum wage, created new “unfair immigration-related practices,” and expanded protections for whistleblowers. All laws...more

Company not required to reinstate temporary employee after FMLA leave of absence where temp agency did not request that employee...

In Cuellar v. Keppel Amfels LLC, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals addressed the relatively novel issue of whether a company has an obligation to reinstate a temporary employee returning from FMLA-covered leave. Jessica...more

Can An Indefinite Leave Of Absence Be A Reasonable Accommodation?

One of the most difficult issues an HR professional or in-house employment counsel faces is how to deal with an employee who cannot return to work after FMLA leave expires. Is additional leave required? ...more

Flurry of New California Employment Statutes Continues

The California Legislature passed and Governor Brown approved the following new statutes impacting California employment law that shortly take effect in 2014....more

Fenwick Employment Brief - November 2013

Flurry of New California Employment Statutes Continues - The California Legislature passed and Governor Brown approved the following new statutes impacting California employment law that shortly take effect in 2014....more

Employer Payment of Union Officials’ Salaries Deemed Unlawful

Seventh Circuit breaks with long-relied-upon precedent, holding that wage payments to former employees on leaves of absence for union business violate section 302 of the LMRA....more

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