Parental Leave

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Paternity Leave Up To Bat: What Employers Should Know To Avoid Striking Out

Paternity leave is back in the spotlight after New York Mets second baseman, Daniel Murphy, decided to take his contractually guaranteed three days of paternity leave for the birth of his son—a decision which resulted in his...more

UK Children and Families Act Gains Royal Assent

UK employers need to be aware of several key dates for the act’s proposed changes. On 13 March, the Children and Families Act 2014 received Royal Assent. This act will bring a number of changes for employers and...more

Shared parental leave: draft regulations published

Vinita Arora, a partner in our London office, comments: the Government has published draft regulations which will implement a new system of shared parental leave to supplement the current maternity, adoption and paternity...more

Fathers' Changing Role Requires Attention to Parental Leave Policies

Employers should re-examine their parental-leave policies in light of changing views of the father's role in the family. When considering such policies and whether they are unlawfully discriminatory, it is important to...more

UK Employment Law – A Year In Perspective – Changes Past and on the Horizon

2013 has been a significant year for UK employment law. In particular, an abundance of new legislation (both about substantive law and Employment Tribunal procedure) has heralded a number of important changes. This...more

Should Biological Fathers Receive the Same Leave Benefits as Adoptive Parents?

Maybe you saw this article “Standing Up for the Rights of New Fathers,” in the New York Times a few weeks ago about the new dad, a reporter for CNN, who filed a discrimination claim with the EEOC against Time Warner (CNN’s...more

December 2013's review of the year

Sandra Wallace, Partner and Employment group head, highlights the most important legislative and case law developments from 2013 and identifies the key cases to watch out for in 2014. ...more

Offering Parental Leave Can Bite You Back

A recent Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) claim by a male employee alleging that his employer’s paid time off policy for new parents is discriminatory on the basis of gender is a potential alert to employers...more

Back to School: Employers Must Remain Mindful of Employee Entitlement to School-Related Leave

School is back in full swing and we thought it best to update our previous post addressing school-related leave requirements for employers. Many states require (or at least encourage) employers to provide short-term unpaid...more

FMLA: Paternity Leave Not Just For Princes

With news about the new royal baby, Prince William’s scheduled two-week paid paternity leave from the Royal Air Force has reignited a debate about social stigmas of stay-at-home dads and men who take off from work for the...more

Let's Pretend Prince William Worked In The United States. What Are His Paternity Leave Rights Under The FMLA?

Fess up and raise your hand. How many of you were on the edge of your edge of your seat awaiting news of William and Kate's new arrival? ...more

When An Employer Provides More Parental Leave To Mom Than Dad, Is This Gender Discrimination?

I received a ton of feedback on last week's blog post, which discussed Yahoo's new parental leave policy and its FMLA implications. Much of the feedback related to Yahoo's decision to provide 16 weeks of paid maternity leave...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

Limits On Family Leave: Employees of the Same Employer

Both federal and state law provide employees leave for the birth or placement of a child and for bonding with a child after birth or placement. Under certain circumstances, employers may limit their employees’ leave. One such...more

What’s New at the General Assembly? Anti-Employer Bills, Says CBIA

There’s been little press over what is going on at the Connecticut General Assembly this spring. ...more

eTrends - DOL Provides Interpretation of Definition of "son or daughter" for FMLA Leave to Care for Disabled Adult Children

In its first Administrator's Interpretation of 2013, the Department of Labor ("DOL") issued guidance on the definition of a "son or daughter" age 18 or older who is incapable of self-care due to a disability. The Wage and...more

Fair Work Amendment Bill 2013 Enters Parliament

As discussed in our previous Legal Insight on 18 February 2013, the Commonwealth Government has followed through on its promise to move quickly in amending the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act) with the Fair Work Amendment...more

Changes To FMLA Service Member Leave Become Effective March 8, 2013

On February 5, 2013, the Department of Labor announced the final rules for changes to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) permitted under the National Defense Authorization Act of 2010. From the time the act was passed...more

DOL Issues Final FMLA Regulations

On February 5, 2013, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued its Final Rule implementing important expansions of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) relating to the military leave provisions and the eligibility for and...more

New Department of Labor Interpretation on FMLA Leave for Adult Children

On January 14, 2013, The Department of Labor issued a new interpretation that clarifies its position on the ability of employees to take leave under the FMLA to care for an adult child who has a disabling medical condition....more

Employment And Labor Insight - Parenting Leave For Minnesota Employers: A Guide To The FMLA And MPLA

Under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), eligible employees are entitled to up to 12 weeks of unpaid job-protected leave for specified family and medical reasons within a 12-month period. 29 U.S.C. 2601 et seq....more

Government gives go ahead for new employment status

On 3 December 2012, the UK Government published its response to a consultation paper on the Chancellor’s proposal for implementing a new “employee shareholder” status. Whilst acknowledging that only “a very small number of...more

UK Employment Reforms in 2013

The UK’s Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has issued the ‘Fifth Statement of New Regulations’ (the “Statement”), which provides details of regulatory reforms and implementation dates for 2013. Whilst the...more

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