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No End In Sight For Wave of Paid Family and Sick Leave Laws

Employers have been scrambling to keep up with the multitude of paid sick leave laws that were passed in the last several years.  These laws vary by jurisdiction and often can’t be easily reconciled into a uniform policy — an...more

Infectious? Please, Just Go Home!

The world can be a scary place. There are risks that you can control, like whether or not you take up bungee jumping or alligator wrestling, and risks you can’t control, such as whether or not someone runs a red light or if...more

15 For ’15: Employment And Labor Resolutions For The New Year

While the year is still young, here are 15 New Year’s resolutions that employers may want to make: 1. Make sure your “independent contractors” are really independent contractors. ”Independent contractors” are under...more

Trends in New Jersey Employment Law - December 2014

2014 Year in Review—the Top 10 Trends in New Jersey Employment Law - 2014 was another busy year for developments in New Jersey employment law. This newsletter examines noteworthy developments in ten key...more

15 Labor & Employment Resolutions for 2015

U.S. voters handed the keys to the Republican Party in this past election. And so, while we wait to see if the “system” will improve or implode, it is that time of year again — the time to review and reflect on all that has...more

Massachusetts Adopts Legislative Reforms

The new legislation adds to employer requirements and now provides for sick leave, increased minimum wage, domestic violence victim leave, and unemployment changes....more

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

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

Employment Flash - September 2014

In This Issue: - SEC Pays First Whistleblower Award to Audit and Compliance Professional - Supreme Court Allows Affordable Care Act Contraceptives Religious Exemption - EEOC Adopts New Pregnancy...more

Ninth Circuit Approves Employees' Right to Strategically Decline FMLA Leave In Escriba v. Foster Poultry Farms

Under the Ninth Circuit’s recent holding in Escriba v. Foster Poultry Farms, Inc., 743 F.3d 1236 (9th Cir. 2014), many employees now have greater flexibility to extend family and medical leave beyond the typical 12-week limit...more

Pregnancy and “Forced Sick Leave.” The Intersection of State and Federal Law, and What Is Permissible In the Connecticut Workplace

The situation that is at the epicenter of a recent controversy involving a Pier 1 employee, and a recent Connecticut federal court case, arises in the context of a pregnant employee being unable to carry out essential job...more

FMLA FAQ: Am I Required to Pay My Employee for Holidays Occurring During FMLA Leave?

There must be something in the water, but several clients have asked me this week whether they are required to pay an employee for the Memorial Day holiday even though the employee was out on FMLA leave. ...more

Employer's Failure to Provide Timely FMLA Paperwork Creates No Claim Absent Proof Employee Was Able to Work

Department of Labor regulations issued under the Family and Medical Leave Act require employers to provide FMLA eligibility and designation notices. Employers frequently fail to provide these notices, or provide them after...more

FMLA FAQ: Can An Employer Force An Employee On FMLA Leave When The Employee Wants To Continue To Work?

Q: This week, one of our employees professed her love to one of her co-workers (who is married) and announced to everyone that they had been dating. The problem is — it’s not true. ...more

Eleventh Circuit Rejects Employee's Request for FMLA Leave for Possible Health Conditions

The Family and Medical Leave Act provides eligible employees with up to 12 weeks of job-protected leave to deal with, among other things, a serious health condition. What happens, however, when the FMLA leave request is based...more

I Need a Vacation, Doctor’s Orders

Having a chronic serious health condition doesn’t entitle an employee to take leave whenever he chooses. Even if the leave would be medically beneficial, it has to correspond to a period of incapacity. In Hurley v. Kent of...more

Did You Know...Depression Does Not Automatically Qualify An Employee For FMLA Leave

In recent years, employers have been bombarded by increasing numbers of lawsuits by employees with mental disabilities alleging discrimination and retaliation. These lawsuits are based on a variety of theories including...more

Employees May Choose to Use Vacation Instead of FMLA or CFRA Leave for Medical Absences

The Ninth Circuit (California) held in Escriba v. Foster Poultry Farms, Inc. that an employee can choose to use vacation instead of leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) or California Family Rights Act...more

Fenwick Employment Brief - March 2014

In February, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed the Fair Chance Ordinance, which limits when and to what extent employers can inquire into the criminal history of applicants and employees. The ordinance also...more

Ninth Circuit Upholds Jury Verdict For Employer, Holding That Employee Affirmatively Declined to Take FMLA Leave

In Escriba v. Foster Poultry Farms, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld a jury verdict in favor of an employer on an employee’s Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) claims. The employer discharged Escriba...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 Decline FMLA Leave Even Though The Absence Is Covered By The Act?

What do you do when one of your employees has informed you of what clearly is an FMLA-triggering event (she needs to care for her dad who is seriously ill in the hospital), but then tells you she doesn't want the absence...more

Employment Law Advisory for February 28, 2014: The EEOC's New Challenge to a 12 Month Maximum Medical Leave Policy

Human resource professionals know that administering leave policies and practices is one of the most difficult tasks for any employer. An employer’s obligations to provide reasonable accommodation to a disabled employee and...more

Regulating Intermittent FMLA Leave: May an Employer Request a Doctor’s Note for Each Intermittent FMLA Absence?

Intermittent leave under the Family Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) can pose a significant (and often frustrating) administrative and tracking burden on an employer. Further, when attempting to ferret out abuse, an employer has a...more

FMLA FAQ: Can General Aches And Pains Support The Need For FMLA Leave?

I just returned from Disney World, a trip that had me chasing my kids (ages 8, 6 and 4) for days on end. So, I'm tired. And I ache. My feet ache. My back aches from my four year old riding on my shoulders. My head aches...more

Flu Remedy: Can an Employee Get FMLA Leave for the Flu?

With flu season at its peak and certain strains of the flu requiring longer recovery periods, workplaces are experiencing a spike in the frequency and duration of flu-related absences. The Centers for Disease Control and...more

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