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“Congratulations – Now, Back To Work!” What Employers Need To Know About The Fifth Trimester

by Fisher Phillips on

Parents everywhere are familiar with the joys and trials of the three trimesters of pregnancy. The term “fourth trimester” has also gained widespread recognition, that three-month period when a baby gets used to living...more

Is It Time To Recall Some Of Your HR Policies?

by Fisher Phillips on

Factory recalls have become a fact of life for those who sell and drive vehicles. The scenarios have a common theme: a vehicle part does not operate as designed or is determined to present a possible risk of failure. Once...more

Minneapolis Approves Paid Sick Leave Law

The Minneapolis city council has approved an ordinance requiring employers with six or more employees to provide up to 48 hours of paid sick leave each year. Employers with five or fewer employees will be required to provide...more

Decision 2016: Do Employees Get Time Off to Vote?

With the 2016 Presidential primary elections in full swing, employers should be informed about their obligations as to when an employee requests time off to visit the polls. An employer’s obligation varies by state law and...more

Recently Enacted New Jersey Laws Affecting Employers

In January, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed into law two new bills about which New Jersey employers should be aware. One creates an optional state retirement plan marketplace for small businesses, while the other...more

New California Family Rights Regulations Align With Existing Federal Law

by Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP on

As we start a new year, employers should check all of their employment practices to make sure they are compliant with current laws and regulations. One of the many changes made in 2016 were comprehensive amendments made by...more

Jersey City, New Jersey Expands Paid Sick Leave

The Jersey City Council voted to expand the scope of the City’s existing sick leave ordinance on October 29, 2015. Under the Ordinance as amended, employers with less than 10 employees now will be required to provide...more

Trick or Treat for California Employers

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

As we approach Halloween, the California Legislature and Governor Jerry Brown have been busy on the employment front. The results of this activity are a “mixed bag” for California employers....more

The FMLA Marriage Penalty: When Spouses Work for the Same Employer

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

One FMLA rule that tends to fly under the radar is the amount of FMLA leave available to married couples who work for the same employer. Under 29 CFR 201(b), married couples in this situation can be required to share a...more

New Jersey Family-School Partnership Act Seeks to Provide Leave for Involvement in School Activities

Another bill (S2935) proposed by New Jersey Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg on May 19, 2015, would require employers with at least 25 employees to permit their employees to take up to 40 hours of leave to participate...more

New Regulations Clarify Time Off Under California Family Rights Act

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

In recently published amendments to its regulations, the California Fair Employment & Housing Council (FEHC) has clarified formerly confusing rules and brought the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) into closer parallel to...more

New California Law Expands Retaliation Coverage

by Fisher Phillips on

Employees Requesting Accommodation Are Now Protected - On July 16, 2015, Governor Brown signed into law AB 987, amending the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) to reflect what many already believed to be...more

Locke Lord QuickStudy: New Law Expands Parental Leave Rights In Massachusetts

by Locke Lord LLP on

On April 7, 2015, the Massachusetts Parental Leave Act will take effect. The Parental Leave Act, signed into law on January 7, 2015 by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, expands parental leave rights for employees in...more

Massachusetts Expands Its Leave Law to Cover Fathers

This past September, we discussed the practical and legal implication of changing attitudes towards parental leave for fathers. Following up on this theme, Massachusetts recently passed a law, the Massachusetts Parental Leave...more

“You Want More Time Off?” – Dealing with Employees’ Medical Leave Requests Under the FMLA and ADA

The webinar will review the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA), focusing on the interplay between the two statutes and the differing employer and employee...more

Inflexible Leave Policies and the EEOC

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The last several years have seen the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) take an aggressive stance on inflexible leave policies. According to the EEOC, these policies – which subject employees to termination...more

Massachusetts Now Requires Employers to Provide Domestic Violence Leave

by Epstein Becker & Green on

Massachusetts has enacted a law requiring employers with 50 or more employees to grant employees “domestic violence leave.” The law, entitled “ An Act Relative to Domestic Violence,” was approved by Governor Deval Patrick on...more

New Massachusetts Law Entitles Employees to Domestic Violence Leave

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

On August 8, 2014, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed into law a far-reaching Act designed to combat the problems of domestic violence. Notably, the Act became effective immediately upon the Governor signing it into...more

Domestic Violence Leave Becomes Law in Massachusetts

by Fisher Phillips on

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed into law An Act Relative to Domestic Violence on August 8, 2014.This far-reaching law, which institutes reforms throughout the criminal justice system, mandates that all public and...more

Back to School! Employers: Are You Ready for School-Related Leave for Parents?

The lazy days of summer are behind us this month as many children head back to school. Employers of parents with school-aged children should review California’s laws, which provide certain rights to employees to take time off...more

Domestic Violence Leave Now Mandated in Massachusetts

On August 8, 2014, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed sweeping new legislation in the area of domestic violence—M.G.L. c. 260 entitled “An Act relative to domestic violence.” The new law is effective immediately and...more

Employee fired for failing to cooperate with FMLA leave approval process

by McAfee & Taft on

Managing employees’ FMLA leave can be one of the most challenging and frustrating responsibilities for an HR department. So what can an employer do when an employee is slow to provide documentation and respond to exam...more

Employers May Require Exempt Employees to Use Accrued Leave for Absences Shorter Than Half a Day

On July 21, 2014, a California Court of Appeal held that overtime exempt status is not undermined by requiring employees to use accrued leave for absences of less than half a day. ...more

Extended Leave Not a Reasonable Accommodation under the Rehabilitation Act, 10th Circuit Holds

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A recent appellate court ruling may affect the ability of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to challenge "inflexible" employer leave policies, policies that result in the termination of employees who are...more

Are Inflexible Leave Policies Lawful After All? One Court Leaves Employers Salivating

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

When it comes to leave as a reasonable accommodation after FMLA leave is exhausted, employers have been conditioned to simply believe: inflexible leave policies bad, flexible leave policies good. ...more

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