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Second Circuit Applies More Lenient “Motivating Factor” Standard to Employee’s FMLA Retaliation Claim

by Saul Ewing LLP on

In an opinion issued July 19, the Second Circuit vacated a jury verdict in favor of the employer, ruling that the district court judge had instructed the jury to use an incorrect standard of proof under the Family and Medical...more

FMLA Leave Does Not Shield An Employee From Disciplinary Action Unrelated To The Leave

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The Court of Appeals of North Carolina recently held that an employer didn’t interfere with an employee’s rights under the Family Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) or retaliate against her by contacting her to schedule her...more

Documented Performance Issues And Inadequate Notice Of Need For Leave Sink Employee’s FMLA Claims

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Granting summary judgment to an employer on Family and Medical Leave Act claims asserted by a former employee, an Illinois district court held that: (1) the employee had failed to demonstrate his firing had any causal...more

11th Circuit Reminds Employers: Proceed Cautiously When Terminating Employees Shortly After FMLA Leave

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: While employees who have recently taken leave may be terminated for legitimate reasons, establishing a non-retaliatory termination can be challenging. The timing of the termination alone can support...more

“You Can’t Fire Me, I Just Came Back From FMLA Leave.”

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Contrary to apparent popular belief, employees who have recently taken leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) can be terminated for legitimate reasons unrelated to their FMLA leave. Establishing a...more

What Should I Tell Employees On Leave About Their FMLA Usage? Everything!

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

When it comes to FMLA leave administration, “don’t sweat the details” is rarely a wise axiom. Details matter. A lot. A recent decision by an Illinois federal court reinforces that lesson. In March 2015, Amanda Dusik...more

Employment Law - April 2017

Eleventh Circuit: Title VII Doesn’t Prohibit Sexual Orientation Discrimination - Why it matters - In a decision that is already being cited in other courts around the country, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh...more

Third Circuit: No Direct Evidence Needed for Mixed-Motive Jury Instruction in FMLA Retaliation Cases

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

A former employee alleges that he was terminated because he exercised his right to take intermittent leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act. His former employer asserts that his FMLA leave had nothing to do with his...more

Fear of Failure – Terminating Employees with Extensive FMLA and non-FMLA Absences

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

It’s a scenario that frustrates many employers. An employee with extensive intermittent FMLA absences, possibly including absences for different covered reasons, is also absent for many unspecified or unprotected reasons...more

Third Circuit Upholds Termination of Employee Based on DUI During FMLA Leave

Employers sometimes receive information about employees on medical leave that makes them question the legitimacy of the leave request. For example, an employee who is approved for Family and Medical Leave to care for a sick...more

Third Circuit Says “Last Call” for Employee Terminated After Caught Drinking While on FMLA “Bed Rest”

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

On January 31, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit joined the Seventh, Eighth and Tenth Circuits in holding that an employer’s honest belief that its employee was misusing FMLA leave is enough to...more

Third Circuit adopts the “honest belief” defense to FMLA retaliation claims and confirms that FMLA leave requests can double as...

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

The Third Circuit’s recent decision in Capps v. Mondelez Global, LLC is a mixed bag for employers. The good news is that it establishes that an employer’s honest belief that its employee misused FMLA leave can defeat a...more

Extended Leave Under the ADA: Necessary Next Steps to Consider

by Baker Donelson on

Earlier this summer, I wrote an article for the July issue of our firm's L&E Newsletter, surveying cases on when an employee's request for extended medical leave is, and is not, a reasonable accommodation under the ADA. As...more

Employee fired while on FMLA leave: Why it was OK

by McAfee & Taft on

Don’t get me wrong: Firing an employee while they are on a Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) absence is dicey. But, as a recent federal appeals court decision that covers Oklahoma employers demonstrates, there are...more

Whistleblower’s Attorney’s Communications with Regulators Found to be Protected by Work Product Doctrine

A California Magistrate Judge in BofI Federal Bank v. Erhart ruled that a whistleblower’s attorney’s communications sent to federal regulators were protected by the attorney work product doctrine. No. 15-cv-2353 (S.D. Cal....more

Sweet Justice! Dismissal of Bully's FMLA Claim Proves Employers Can Safely Terminate an Employee on the Heels of FMLA Leave

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

I hate bullies. Back in 4th grade, Sister Mary Demetria, OSF, told us that “hating” someone was a sin. I’m convinced Sister never met a bully. Forgive me, Father, for I have sinned. Cause, you see, whenever I...more

Bend Don’t Break: The EEOC Says Inflexible Attendance Policies Violate the ADA

In managing employee attendance, be careful about policies that suggest automatic termination after a certain number of absences as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) believes such policies violate the...more

Why Should Employers Take Pregnancy Discrimination and Accommodation Seriously? Here Are More Than 500,000 Reasons Why.

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Doris worked for the Chipotle restaurant chain. And she was pregnant. After she announced her pregnancy to her supervisor, Doris claimed her boss began monitoring her bathroom breaks (then berated her for taking too long),...more

Social Media and the FMLA

by PretiFlaherty on

Imagine for a moment: you are the administrator for a skilled nursing facility and your activities director has just informed you of a need to take FMLA leave for shoulder surgery. You grant the FMLA request and your...more

Drawing the Line on Leave Policies for Employees With Disabilities

by BakerHostetler on

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

To Enforce a Call-off Policy or Not to Enforce a Call-off Policy; that is the Question

Recently you’ve noticed that an employee takes FMLA-covered leave the same week every year or always seems to have a medical emergency between Thanksgiving and January 1. Similarly, another employee regularly calls out of...more

Managing Employee Requests for “Indefinite” Disability Leave: the D.C. Court of Appeals Offers Guidance

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Managing employees’ requests for disability accommodations can be challenging, particularly when an employee requests leave for extended or unlimited periods of time. A common misperception by employers is that once an...more

Employment Law Letter - Spring 2016

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Will Smoking Pot on the Job Get You Fired? You’d think that would be a slam dunk question, but if you’re a state employee whose union is willing to take your case to an arbitrator, apparently it isn’t. Back in 2012,...more

Second Circuit Finds Human Resource Manager Personally Liable for FMLA Violations

The Family and Medical Leave Act imposes liability for interference by the “employer” with leave rights. Typically, the disgruntled employee asserts FMLA claims against the company employing him or her, but the Act also...more

Second Circuit Holds That HR Director May Be Individually Liable Under the FMLA Based On “Economic Realities” Analysis

It may not be well-known that the Family Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) provides for individual, as well as corporate liability. Therefore, in a matter of importance to Human Resources personnel, supervisors, and their employers,...more

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