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Eleventh Circuit Reaffirms that Indefinite Leaves of Absence Are Not Reasonable Accommodations

Last month, the Eleventh Circuit affirmed a decision in favor of the employer in Roderick Billups v. Emerald Coast Utilities Authority, No. 17-10391, 2017 WL 4857430 (11th Cir. Oct. 26, 2017), continuing the trend of recent...more

Extended Leave is an Accommodation – Maybe Not

by Ruder Ware on

As the after effect of the recent Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals decision about extended leave as an accommodation continues to develop, a serious question is developing of whether an employer is obligated to give an...more

What Am I Doing Wrong?? Common FMLA Mistakes

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

“What did I do wrong?” and “Am I doing this correctly?” are frequent questions from clients regarding FMLA administration. This is the eleventh in a series highlighting some of the more common mistakes employers can...more

Long-Term Leave Under the ADA May Be Another Step Closer to Becoming a Thing of the Past

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Eleventh Circuit is the next to find a long-term leave of absence is not a reasonable accommodation under the ADA. Just a few months after a recent and definitive decision by the Seventh Circuit...more

NYC Mayor de Blasio Signs Law Expanding Earned Sick Time Act to Include “Safe Time”

by Epstein Becker & Green on

On November 6, 2017, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed an amendment (“Safe Time Amendment” or “Amendment”) to New York City’s existing Earned Sick Time Act (“ESTA”) that will allow domestic violence and sexual assault survivors to...more

The Leaves Are Falling: Differing Interpretations Of Leave As ADA Accommodation

The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has consistently maintained that leaves of absence should be considered as a form of reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)....more

Court Hands Victory To Employer In “Leave After Leave” Battle

by Fisher Phillips on

Of all the accommodations considered reasonable under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), perhaps the most frustrating is when an employee requests additional time off after their 12 weeks of Family and Medical Leave...more

Hospitals’ Obligations to Employees Withstand Natural Disasters

by Polsinelli on

Hurricane Harvey reminded hospitals that obligations to employees do not cease during or after horrific natural disasters. Hospitals should have a plan in place when preparing for a natural disaster, such as an inclement...more

Peninsula Packaging Voluntarily Settles EEOC Pregnancy Discrimination Charge for $45,000

Company Placed Pregnant Employee on Involuntary Leave, Federal Agency Charges - FRESNO, Calif. - Exeter, Calif.-based Peninsula Packaging will pay $45,000 and provide other relief to settle a charge of pregnancy...more

At last! Not One, But TWO Court Decisions That Scale Back an Employee's Right to Take Additional Leave After FMLA is Exhausted

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

There may not be an issue more difficult in HR land than how to deal with an employee who cannot return to work after FMLA leave expires. Is additional leave beyond 12 weeks required? The answer is almost always ‘yes.’ ...more

Is an Extended Leave of Absence a Reasonable Accommodation?

by Stinson Leonard Street on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently held in no uncertain terms that "a multi-month leave of absence is beyond the scope of a reasonable accommodation under the ADA." ...more

When Is Enough, Enough? Limiting Leave As A Reasonable Accommodation Under The ADA

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Q: How long does an employer have to accommodate an employee’s disability in the form of a leave of absence? A: The law in most jurisdictions is unclear. In fact, in most jurisdictions, including Pennsylvania, New Jersey,...more

Seventh Circuit Provides Clarity on Leaves of Absence and the ADA

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently held that an employer's refusal to offer an employee a two- or three-month medical leave of absence following his exhaustion of his Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)...more

Seventh Circuit Holds Long-Term Leave is Not a Reasonable Accommodation Under the ADA

The Seventh Circuit recently held in Severson v. Heartland Woodcraft, Inc. that a long-term leave of absence, particularly one extending beyond the twelve weeks of leave guaranteed by the Family and Medical Leave Act...more

Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals – Super Human Resource Department?

by Ruder Ware on

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals (which addresses federal court cases brought in Wisconsin) has stated in the past that it does not intend to be a “super human resource department” for employers. Recent court decisions...more

I-16 – Kneeling, Indefinite Leave, DC Updates, Non-Compete Consideration, and Pretty as a Protected Class

by Cozen O'Connor on

This episode discusses kneeling in the NFL/workplace, indefinite leave entitlement, and sufficient consideration for non-competes, provides an update from DC on OT exemptions and class action waivers, and questions whether...more

Courts Continue to Wrestle with Whether Long-Term Leave Can Be a Reasonable Accommodation Under the ADA

by FordHarrison on

Executive Summary: When an employee seeks leave as an accommodation for a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the decision regarding whether to grant or deny the request can be challenging....more

Extended Medical Leave Not A “Reasonable” Accommodation Under ADA, Court Says

This week, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit held that a “multimonth leave of absence is beyond the scope of a reasonable accommodation” under the Americans with Disabilities Act. ...more

When Disaster Strikes: IRS Guidance Gives Employers Additional Options for Assisting Employees Hit by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

When Hurricanes Harvey and Irma made landfall in Texas and Florida, they gave rise not only to widespread property damage, but to a humanitarian disaster as well. The massive storms have left scores dead and thousands...more

Seventh Circuit Clarifies ADA Is Not A Leave Statute

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

On September 20, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit issued a significant opinion for employers in Severson v. Heartland Woodcraft, Inc., No. 15-3754 (7th Cir. Sept. 20, 2017), holding that “[t]he ADA is...more

7th Circuit Holds Long-Term Leave Is Not a Reasonable Accommodation Under the ADA

In a recent decision in Severson v. Heartland Woodcraft, Inc. (Sept. 20, 2017), the Seventh Circuit affirmed a district court’s ruling that an employer did not violate the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) by failing to...more

A Shocker from the Heartland: A Long Term Leave of Absence is NOT A Reasonable Accommodation Under the ADA

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Seventh Circuit sent shockwaves through the EEOC and through the employer community by concluding that multi-month leaves of absence, even those that are definite in term and sought in advance, are not...more

IRS and DOL issue retirement plan relief for hurricane victims

by Dentons on

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has provided welcome relief to individuals affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The relief permits plan sponsors to temporarily relax restrictions on hardship withdrawals, participant...more

California Corner: New Notice Requirements Regarding Domestic Violence Victims’ Rights and LA’s Ban the Box Ordinance

by Vedder Price on

California Labor Code sections 230 and 230.1 provide certain rights to employees who are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking, including the right to take time off from work relating to such issues and the...more

Internal Revenue Service Provides Helpful Relief to Hurricane Victims

Announcement 2017-11 (Announcement) provides that a tax-qualified employer retirement plan may treat a distribution to a current or former employee covered by the Announcement as on account of hardship or an unforeseeable...more

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