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Employer Requiring Doctor's Note for Intermittent Leave Violated FMLA

The United States District Court for the District of Oregon recently held that an employer's requirement that employees on intermittent leave provide a doctor's note for each absence violated the Family and Medical Leave Act...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

Can An Employee Insist That The Employer Pay For FMLA Medical Certification?

Let's put our heads together on this one. You see, it appears as though far too many employees have bought into the notion that their employer is always responsible for the cost of obtaining medical certification to support...more

Conquering The FMLA Medical Certification Process: A Recap Of Our Webinar

Thanks to those who attended my webinar last week with Matt Morris on "Conquering the FMLA Medical Certification Process: Best Practices for Employers." We covered a whole host of topics during the webinar: How...more

DOL Busts Employer For Requiring Annual Medical Certification Without Leave Request

The DOL is on a roll, and employers can't be amused....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

Yahoo's Sweetened Parental Leave Policy Raises Practical FMLA Certification Issues For Moms And Dads In The Workplace

It seems that what Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer taketh, she giveth back. Or something like that. As you will recall, Mayer made waves several months back when she banned all Yahoo employees from working from home, a rather...more

Bill Passed In Maryland General Assembly Expanding Protections Against Pregnancy Discrimination To Maryland Employees

The General Assembly recently passed a bill which expands protections against pregnancy discrimination to employees in Maryland. The bill, which is expected to be signed by Governor O’Malley and, if signed, will take effect...more

FMLA FAQ: How Long Can An Employer Rely On A Second Or Third Opinion Under The FMLA?

We have become more aggressive on suspected cases of FMLA abuse and, as a result, we have sent a greater number of employees for second and third opinions after they turn in medical certification. Once we have received the...more

Court Rules That Third Party Administrators Can Be Held Liable For FMLA-Related Violations

Employers often outsource to third party administrators the task of managing their FMLA processes. Under this model, the TPA handles FMLA requests, paperwork and approvals instead of the employer's human resources or...more

How Can Congress Improve The FMLA? Let's Count the Ways...

Over the past month, as we recognized the 20th Anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act, advocates for employees and employers have been clamoring for changes to the Act. ...more

Changes to FEHA Pregnancy Regulations

New pregnancy regulations proposed by the Fair Employment and Housing Commission (FEHC) were approved on November 30, 2012. The changes to the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), which applies to employers with...more

An Employee Requests And Is Denied Vacation Leave But Later Takes FMLA Leave For The Same Time Period. What Recourse Does An...

This scenario is all too familiar for employers: shortly before Christmas, your employee requests vacation leave for Christmas Eve and New Years Eve. Due to seniority or the employee's last minute request for time off, her...more

A Couple Quick Tips To Fight FMLA Abuse Around The Holidays

Have your employees' absences from work been a bit more frequent lately? And are you tired of the lame excuses they're providing? After all, there are only so many times your employee's dog can knock over the Christmas...more

New California Disability Regulations to Become Effective December 30

California employers should take action promptly to ensure compliance with new state disability and pregnancy disability regulations. On December 26, California's Office of Administrative Law approved new disability...more

Hurricane Sandy and the FMLA: Are Your Employees Eligible for Leave During a Natural Disaster?

Our thoughts and prayers are with those on the east coast who are attempting to return to some sense of normalcy in the wake of the devastation left behind by Hurricane Sandy. Natural disasters like Sandy raise a host...more

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