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Persuading Employee to Work Rather than Taking Unpaid Leave May Result in FMLA Violation

The Family and Medical Leave Act ("FMLA") requires employers to provide eligible employees with up to twelve weeks of unpaid leave to care for a newborn child (among other reasons), and to offer reinstatement to the employee...more

An Estimate is Just That - The Seventh Circuit Highlights Several Important Lessons for Employers Navigating Intermittent FMLA...

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently ruled on two important intermittent Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave issues in Hansen v. Fincantieri Marine Group. First, the court determined that the FMLA...more

Employee fired for failing to cooperate with FMLA leave approval process

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

Employee's Failure To Follow Call-In Procedures Dooms FMLA Claims

Managing intermittent FMLA leaves is often challenging for employers. However, a recent case reinforces the requirement that employees must comply with reasonable call-in procedures to report FMLA absences. Following a recent...more

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

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

Managing Employee Medical Leave: How Much Leave Is Reasonable?

To date, there are few bright line rules to guide employers in determining how much leave is reasonable under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Further, employers sometimes mistakenly assume that if an employee has...more

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

Proposed Family and Medical Leave Enhancement Act Would Have Large Impact on Employers

U.S. House Representative Carolyn B. Maloney of New York has introduced H.R. 3999, which would provide for a far-reaching expansion of the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”). The bill introduces two big changes to...more

Vegas vacation protected by the FMLA

Last month, in Ballard v. Chicago Park District (Case No. 13-1445, 7th Cir. 1/28/14), a federal court of appeals addressed whether an employee was eligible for FMLA leave while vacationing in Las Vegas with her terminally ill...more

Vegas and the FMLA: 7th Circuit Creates Split on FMLA Leave Issue

On January 30, 2014 the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals held that an employee's trip to Las Vegas with her terminally ill mother qualified as FMLA leave, affirming the decision of the district court in Ballard v. Chicago...more

Paid to Watch T-Ball? Proposed Amendments to Family Medical Leave Act Say Yes

Recently proposed legislation would amend the FMLA to require employers to provide unpaid leave for parental involvement and family wellness. These new proposed amendments would require employers to grant up 24 hours of...more

New Jersey "Sandy" Law Preserves Employee Eligibility for Leave and Benefits

To be eligible for leave under New Jersey's Family Leave Act (FLA) or the Security and Financial Empowerment Act (SAFE Act), an employee must have been employed for at least 12 months and have worked at least 1,000 base hours...more

State Department of Labor Issues Notice of Intent to Adopt New Paraprofessional FMLA Regulations

It may seem like a distant memory at this point, but as you may recall, in May of 2012, the General Assembly passed, and Governor Malloy signed, a new law (Public Act 12-43, now codified at Conn. Gen. Stat. § 31-51rr that...more

Effectively managing absences under the FMLA (Presentation)

In This Presentation: - Effective and Compliant Policies An attendance policy should establish the employer’s expectation that regular attendance is required for the success of the business and to ensure...more

Is An “Unlimited” Leave Policy Good Business For You?

A growing number of businesses are considering “unlimited” leave policies for their exempt employees. Unlimited leave policies are excellent recruiting and retention tools that can foster a culture of trust and productivity...more

Employment Law Litigation Trends: How Your Nonprofit Can Avoid Common Family and Medical Leave Lawsuits

In this presentation: - Litigation Trends Under Family-Oriented Employment Laws - Tips for Minimizing the Risk of Litigation - Questions - Excerpt from Tips for Minimizing the Risk of...more

FMLA FAQ: Can Excess Trips To The Potty Be Counted As FMLA Leave?

Q: One of our employees drinks a lot of water at work and goes to the bathroom continuously throughout the day. As a result, she uses far more than her normal breaks allow. ...more

RI Increased Employee Absences (and Headaches) due to the 2014 Temporary Caregiver Leave Law

Effective January 1, 2014, all Rhode Island employers must allow their employees four (4) weeks of time off per year under the Temporary Caregiver Insurance (“TCI”) Law. Like Temporary Disability Insurance ("TDI"), the...more

A Triple Dog Dare: Take These Five Steps In 2014 To Drastically Improve Your FMLA Compliance

So here's my Top Five "Fix it or Else" List when it comes to leave management in 2014. How many can you cross off your list by March? Come on, I triple dog dare you...more

Quirky Question # 215, Are Capped Vacation Plans Now Disfavored And Should My Company Switch To An Unlimited Vacation Plan?

We have a new CFO who is upset by the huge amount of accrued vacation we have to carry on the books. We have a cap of two times the annual accrual. He says most high tech companies like ours have unlimited vacation plans and...more

’Tis the Season To Review Holiday Pay Practices & Employee Requests for Time-Off

With Thanksgiving coinciding with Hanukkah this year and Christmas fast-approaching, employers should review carefully their obligations regarding requests for time-off and holiday pay practices. Specifically, the latter...more

2013 Legislative Developments - Reference Guide

In this Reference Guide: - Wage/Hour Legislation - Prevailing Wage Legislation - Anti-Retaliation Legislation - Employee Leave Legislation - Discrimination/Harassment Legislation -...more

Benefits Update, No. 4, November 2013: The World Post-Windsor: Rethinking Benefit And Leave Policies For Same-Sex Spouses

Following a highly-publicized U.S. Supreme Court decision and subsequent guidance from both the Labor Department (DOL) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), employers need to rethink how they treat same-sex spouses under...more

FMLA FAQ: My Employee Took A Whole Lot Of Leave Last Year. Is He Even Eligible Now For FMLA Leave?

Q: We have an exempt, managerial employee who in this past year took all 12 weeks of FMLA leave, and six additional weeks of unpaid leave. He also was intermittently absent for digestive problems to the tune of about four...more

Ways Employers Can Derail The FLMA-Leave Abuse Train

As the holiday season draws near, employers are likely to see an increase in employee requests for time off. Employers should carefully monitor employees who are on or seeking leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act...more

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