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The Family Medical Leave Act is a United States federal statute enacted in 1993 to protect employees from negative employment consequences associated with family illness. The FMLA allows covered employees to take... more +
The Family Medical Leave Act is a United States federal statute enacted in 1993 to protect employees from negative employment consequences associated with family illness. The FMLA allows covered employees to take up to twelve weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave, in order to care for a qualified family member or address a personal medical issue.   Situations covered under the Act include: birth of a child and care of a newborn; placement of an adopted or foster child; serious illness of an employee's spouse, child or parent;  serious illness of the employee that affects ability to perform his/her job; situations arising out of an employee's spouse, child or parent's active military service. Employees who take leave to care for a seriously injured family servicemember are eligible for longer periods of covered leave.  less -

Employment Law 2017 Year in Review

by Barley Snyder on

While the buzz and publicity on the issue has been mainly contained to the worlds of politics, media and entertainment, with recognizable names such as Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, and Louis C.K. all facing...more

Is the New Employer Tax Credit for You?

by FordHarrison on

Under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”), businesses are entitled to a general business credit which is made up of several component credits, including the Work Opportunity Credit, the Indian...more

Taxing Decisions: New Rules on Deductions and Credits in the Employment Context

by Conn Maciel Carey LLP on

As many individuals turn their attention to preparing and filing their tax returns on or before April 15, there are two notable changes to the tax code of which employers should take note. These changes, tucked away in the...more

Happy 25th Birthday, FMLA! 25 Years Later – Where Are We Now?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is celebrating its 25th anniversary this month. On February 5, 1993, President Bill Clinton signed the FMLA into law guaranteeing certain employees up to 12 unpaid weeks off of work a...more

They’re Back! What Should Employers Expect from the 2018 Connecticut General Assembly Session?

On February 7, the 2018 session of the Connecticut General Assembly began. The session is scheduled to adjourn on May 9, 2018. Numerous proposed bills affecting Connecticut employers and employees will be unleashed during the...more

2018 Benefits Grab Bag - Tax Reform, Bipartisan Budget Act and Other Items

by Winstead PC on

Even though the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act made some changes to how the Internal Revenue Service (the “Service”) is to adjust retirement plan contribution limits late last year, the Service confirmed that the limits on retirement...more

Wisconsin Legislature Poised to Prohibit Local Employment Ordinances and Exempt Certain Employers From WFMLA

While all eyes have rightfully been focused on Washington, D.C., during the recent and ongoing drama surrounding the government shutdown, in Madison, the Wisconsin Legislature is poised to take action on two measures that may...more

Ten Simple Steps to Avoid Employment Lawsuits

by Baker Donelson on

You're striving to operate as efficiently as possible to increase your company's competitive advantage and, ultimately, its profit margin. But then someone in the company steps on a legal landmine and you spend $50,000 to win...more

On This 25th Birthday of the FMLA, An Open Letter to Employers, Employees and the DOL

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

As you might imagine, there may not be a more exciting day for me all year. After all, there is only one day ever in which my favorite federal statute celebrates its silver anniversary! Picture me getting my inner Jimmy...more

EEOC Sues West Meade Place, LLP For Disability Discrimination

Company Fired Employee Because of Her Anxiety Disorder, Federal Agency Charges - NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee-based West Meade Place LLP, doing business as The HealthCare Center at West Meade Place, violated federal law...more

New Tax Law Provides Employer Tax Credit for Compensation Paid to Employees While on Family and Medical Leave

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

The new federal tax law, signed by President Trump in December, contains a number of provisions that will impact the workplace and employers. In a previous alert, we described how the new tax law eliminated the ability to...more

Interplay Of FMLA And ADA Precludes Employers From Automatically Terminating Employees At End Of FMLA Leave

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Q: Can my company fire an employee once the person has exhausted his or her FMLA leave entitlement? A: Many employers are surprised to learn that they may not necessarily terminate an employee if he or she does not return...more

Protected Leave For New Parents Now Applies To Mid-Size Employers In California

by Weintraub Tobin on

The federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) have long required large employers with 50 or more employees to provide unpaid job-protected parental leave for employees to bond...more

Tax Reform Offers New Incentive For Employers Providing Paid FMLA Leave

by Fraser Trebilcock on

Certain employers that provide paid leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) may be eligible to receive a general business tax credit for tax years beginning in 2018 and 2019. While the FMLA provides certain...more

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: Implications for Health and Welfare Plans and Fringe Benefits

by Snell & Wilmer on

On December 22, 2017, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“the Act”) was signed into law, and it has various implications for employers who sponsor employee benefit plans. This newsletter focuses on the provisions in the Act that...more

New California Laws

1. California Salary History Ban - AB 168, which enacted California Labor Code Section 432.3, is intended to promote equal pay, particularly between men and women. In passing AB 168, which went into effect on January 1,...more

Greektown Casino to Pay $140,000 To Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Suit

Detroit Casino Refused to Grant Extended Leave and Fired Employee with Stress-Anxiety Disorder, Federal Agency Charged - DETROIT - A Detroit casino operator will pay $140,000 and furnish other relief to settle a disability...more

Dear Littler: Is an Extended Leave of Absence a Reasonable Accommodation Required by the ADA?

by Littler on

Dear Littler: One of our key employees was injured in a serious car accident. She qualified for, and took, a full 12 weeks of leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to recover. She was supposed to return to work...more

Payroll Department Impacts of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

by Taylor English Duma LLP on

Congress passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Act”), and it was signed into law in December 2017. Payroll department impacts from the new law are summarized below.  ...more

New Tax Law Provides Employer Credit for Paid Family and Medical Leave

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

There has been a lot of talk in the news about the new tax law known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, that was passed by Congress and signed into law in late December 2017. While most of the focus of the tax law was...more

Plaintiff Petitions The Supreme Court To Hear Extended Leave ADA Case

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

On January 18th, the plaintiff in Severson v. Heartland Woodcraft Inc. petitioned the United States Supreme Court to review his case, in which he claimed that a multi-month leave under the ADA, beyond the Family and Medical...more

FMLA FAQ: When Is an Employer Required to Check for FMLA Eligibility? The Answer May Surprise You!

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Every once in awhile, my posts must return to the nuts and bolts of FMLA, and this is one of ‘dem ‘dere posts. After all, I can’t always cover scintillating topics such as Beyonce concerts, bullies who abuse FMLA leave and...more

New Tax Law – Impacting Your Small Business and You

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Agreeing with Benjamin Franklin that there is nothing certain except death and taxes, Sketch Wood and his partner Minnie Brix, owners of Wood & Brix, and their 200 employees are certain that the new tax law will affect them,...more

2018 Employment Law Updates

California employers will face a barrage of new restrictions and requirements in 2018. Moreover, the administrative agencies that are responsible for investigating violations of the employment laws and enforcing those laws...more

FMLA Tax Credit Available For Some Employers Who Offer Paid Leave

by Snell & Wilmer on

Although the federal Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA) does not require employers to provide paid leave, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, signed late last year by President Trump, provides a tax credit incentive beginning this year...more

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