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4th Circuit Bounces Bank's Request to Dismiss Manager's FMLA Case

In a relatively recent decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit (whose rulings apply to all South Carolina employers) found that an employer's faulty notice to an employee about his rights under the Family and...more

Penske and the warehouse manager: Logistics of FMLA interference

FMLA Rights - Discrepancies and dishonesty - Kris Olson was a warehouse manager for Penske Logistics. After 12 years with the company, he received his first formal disciplinary notice in January 2014. He was given...more

Does the ADA Protect a Customer Service Agent With Dissatisfied Customers? The Ninth Circuit Says No

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled against a failure-to accommodate claim brought by a customer service employee who was fired for poor performance. According to the court, the former employee, who suffered...more

An Example of the Interplay Between State and Federal FMLA

Any Connecticut employer with more than 50 employees is subject to both the state and federal Family and Medical Leave Acts. The key provisions of the two laws are nearly identical, with one significant exception: the...more

Fifth Circuit Flips Grant Of Summary Judgment Against EEOC in ADA Case

Seyfarth Synopsis: In an ADA action regarding disability discrimination, the Fifth Circuit reversed a District Court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of the employer and against the EEOC, noting that even though the...more

Harrison Poultry to Pay $100,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

Poultry Company Fired Manager While on Approved Leave, Federal Agency Charged - ATLANTA - Harrison Poultry, Inc., a poultry hatchery located in Bethlehem, Ga., will pay $100,000 and furnish other relief to settle a...more

Morbidly Obese Employee Entitled to Leave of Absence As Reasonable Accommodation

A case decided by a Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination Hearing Officer on September 21, 2016 serves as a reminder that, even if an employee is not entitled to paid time-off, granting leave for medical reasons may...more

Kiss Your Retaliation Suit Hello: Company Faces Trial after Changing Explanation for Firing

When an employee brings a lawsuit alleging that his employer retaliated or discriminated against him, courts typically assess the claim by using a burden-shifting approach. Under this approach, after the employer offers a...more

Regis Corporation to Pay $60,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Suit

Hair Salon Refused to Accommodate Stylist's Claustrophobia, Agency Charged - MIDLAND, Texas - Minnesota-based Regis Corporation, doing business as SmartStyle, will pay $60,000 in damages and back pay to former hair...more

Post-dismissal doctor’s report was relevant: disabled employee reinstated for further consideration of possible accommodation,...

An employee whose medical condition had improved both before and after termination has been reinstated for further consideration of possible accommodations, after an arbitrator relied on a doctor’s assessment done after...more

FMLA FAQ: Must an Employer Accept FMLA Medical Certification from an Online Health Care Provider? And What If It's an LCPC?

Q: Our employee is trying to support his need for FMLA leave with medical certification from an online health care provider. Is this valid under the FMLA? And What if It’s a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor? A:...more

Drawing the Line on Leave Policies for Employees With Disabilities

Within the past three months, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has secured nearly $9 million from companies that have committed violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by discriminating...more

DMEC Conference Focuses on Leaves and Reasonable Accommodation

Last week, the Disability Management Employer Coalition held its annual conference in New Orleans. The conference focused on how employers can bring individuals with disabilities into the workplace and manage their needs once...more

Medical Leave as a Reasonable Accommodation under the ADA: How Far Must an Employer Go?

On May 9, 2016, the EEOC released further guidance on the provision of medical leave as a reasonable accommodation under the ADA. While the guidance reiterates the Commission's previous position that employers must consider...more

When is Aberrant Workplace Behavior Sufficient to Justify Termination?

Aberrant workplace behavior caused by stress or a psychological condition is not uncommon. However, such behavior can also cause employers to become anxious regarding how to lawfully deal with the disruption and its effect on...more

ADA Allows Employer to Reduce Employee to Part-Time Status After Return From Medical Leave

Here is a common human resource scenario: An employee goes out of work on medical leave. While she is away from work, the managers or co-workers who cover her duties discover that the work can be readily accomplished without...more

New York and San Francisco Approve Mandatory Paid Family Leave

In Depth - Both the State of New York and the City of San Francisco recently adopted significant mandates guaranteeing paid family leave to eligible employees. New York now becomes one of four states mandating paid...more

When is Additional Leave a Reasonable Accommodation to an Employee’s Disability?

David C. Henderson, a partner in Nutter’s Litigation Department and a member of the firm’s Labor, Employment and Benefits practice group, addressed when additional leave is a reasonable accommodation to an employee’s...more

Employment Law - June 2016 #2

California Considers Extending Fair Pay Act to Race, Ethnicity - Why it matters - Reflecting the nationwide trend of pay equity, a new bill under consideration by California legislators would extend the state's Fair...more

How Much Disability Accommodation Leave Do You Have to Provide to Employees? Questions Remain Despite New EEOC Guidance

For some time, federal courts have concluded that granting leave to an employee may be a reasonable accommodation for a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”). On May 9, 2016, the U.S. Equal Employment...more

OFCCP Issues Sweeping New Sex Discrimination Guidelines

Seyfarth Synopsis: Today the OFCCP issued final sex discrimination regulations, which were updated for the first time since the 1970s. While the Final Rule seeks to align requirements in accordance with “current law,” many of...more

Beyond FMLA Leave: The Undefined Limits of Leave As a Reasonable Accommodation

Under the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) new guidance on employee disability leaves, employers are required to provide disability accommodation leave and reinstatement rights even for disabled employees who...more

New EEOC Guidance – Handling Disabled Employee Leave Requests which Conflict with Your Company Policies and Practices

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has recently issued a new Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Guidance document which provides 20 examples of how the Agency expects employers to reconcile their regular...more

Measuring FMLA Leave Entitlement

Employers with 75 or more employees are subject to both the federal Family and Medical Leave Act and the Connecticut Family and Medical Leave Act. The two laws are similar in many respects; the most significant difference...more

When Is Employee Leave A Reasonable Accommodation? - Latest EEOC Publication Preaches Flexibility

Five years ago, faced with mounting frustration of employers of all sizes in their efforts to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that it would...more

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