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Sticking it to Your Employees During Flu Season

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Frustrated with the high number of employees that did not show up for work in the fall and winter last year, Jim Duncey, the owner of Duncey’s Caps, Inc., issues a memo to all employees that they must provide proof that they...more

Does The ADA Require An Employer To Extend A Leave Taken Under The FMLA?

by Roetzel & Andress on

Are you an employer who must provide benefits to employees under the Family Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) because you have had 50 or more employees for at least 20 weeks during the past year? If so, do you sometimes get...more

AccentCare to Pay $25,000 To Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Suit

Health Care Provider Refused to Grant Employee a Reasonable Accommodation, Federal Agency Charged - DALLAS - AccentCare, Inc., a home healthcare company headquartered in Dallas, has agreed to pay $25,000 and provide other...more

Seventh Circuit: Multi-Month Leave Of Absence Not A Reasonable Accommodation Under The ADA

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Determining how long an employer must hold a position for an absent worker is a question that vexes Human resources Directors and Operations management. The Seventh Circuit recently ruled, in Severson v. Heartland Woodcraft,...more

“Brute Reason” or Lack of Nuance: Seventh Circuit’s Twin Holdings That a Long Term Leave is Not a Reasonable Accommodation May...

In one of his more pithy lines, Oscar Wilde wrote, “I can stand brute force, but brute reason is quite unbearable. There is something unfair about its use. It is hitting below the intellect.” Oscar Wilde, The Picture of...more

Siskind Group to Pay $50,000 To Settle EEOC Pregnancy Discrimination Suit

New York City-Based Apparel Company Fired Employee Rather Than Allow Her to Return to Work After Childbirth, Federal Agency Charged - NEW YORK - Manhattan-based apparel company R. Siskind & Company, Inc., doing business as...more

Extending Leave Was Not A Reasonable Accommodation Under The ADA Where There Was A Lack Of “Certainty” About Return To Work Date

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

While employers generally accept that they cannot apply a maximum leave period after which employees are automatically terminated, they continue to struggle with how much leave must be provided as a form of accommodation...more

Prior Entitlement To FMLA Leave Is Not A Free Ticket To Miss Work For Non-FMLA Covered Reasons

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania recently upheld an employer’s decision to terminate an employee under its policy against excessive absenteeism, in spite of the fact that the former employee had...more

American Airlines and Envoy Air to Pay $9.8 Million to Settle EEOC Disability Suit

Airlines'Policies Discriminated Against Disabled Employees, Federal Agency Charges - PHOENIX - American Airlines and Envoy Air will pay $9.8 million in stock, which is worth over $14 million if cashed in today, and...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

Employer ADA Test Conundrum? Seventh Circuit Flip Flops on ADA Accommodation Ruling

by LeClairRyan on

The Seventh Circuit ruled that an employee’s extended medical leave request was “categorically unreasonable” under the ADA. However, what should an employer do when one of the Seventh circuit judges writes that prior decision...more

Seventh Circuit Holds That The ADA Is Still Not A Leave Statute

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

On October 17, 2017, on the heels of its landmark decision in Severson v. Heartland Woodcraft, the Seventh Circuit affirmed summary judgment in favor of the employer in its unpublished opinion in Golden v. Indianapolis...more

Answers To Questions About Accommodating Disabilities

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Just over a month ago, I had the pleasure of presenting a webinar entitled: “2017 Update: Accommodating Employees With Disabilities.” You can download the slides from my presentation. There were over a hundred attendees...more

Employer Not Required to Provide Indefinite Leave for a Temporary Disability

Despite the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s more nuanced position, federal courts have generally rejected attempts by plaintiffs to claim that an indefinite leave of absence is a required reasonable accommodation...more

The “Mark of the Devil” and Religious Discrimination

Although Halloween is only a few days behind us, employers should take note of a “devilish” decision from a Pennsylvania federal court in a discrimination case late last month....more

Phoebe Putney Hospital Sued by EEOC For Disability Discrimination

Hospital Discharged Employee Because She Requested Leave Due to Her Medical Condition, Federal Agency Charged - ATLANTA - Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, a regional medical center located in Albany, Ga., violated federal...more

Plaintiff Who Could Get To Work On Time By Waking Up An Hour Earlier Was Not Entitled An Accommodation Allowing Her To Be Late.

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Years ago, I had a legal assistant who was unable to get to work on time. I finally told her that she had to be in at 8:30 as that was when everyone else started their work day. Three days later, she appeared in my office,...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

MA Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Goes Into Effect April 1, 2018

As 2017 starts to wind down, Massachusetts employers should start reviewing and revising their employment policies and practices so they are prepared for the Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA), which goes into...more

Changing of the Leaves: EEOC Again Pushes for Additional Leave as ADA Accommodation

We have said it before — the EEOC believes that leave is a reasonable accommodation and automatic termination when FMLA leave runs out violates the Americans with Disabilities Act. Even though at least one federal court has...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

Retaliation 101

by McAfee & Taft on

A recent opinion from the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals involving Tulsa’s American Airlines facility serves as a reminder of the kind of evidence required to establish retaliation....more

Seventh Circuit Rejects EEOC Position Holding That a "Long-Term Leave of Absence" is Not a Reasonable Accommodation

by Clark Hill PLC on

On September 20, 2017, the Seventh Circuit held a "long-term leave of absence," in addition to 12 weeks of Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave, is not a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act...more

6 Ways Employers Sink Their Own Ships

It’s not always the employee’s fault when things go bad for an employer. Sometimes the employer has no one to blame but itself. Here are six of the most common ways employers sink their own ships....more

Dash Dream Plant to Pay $110,000 to Settle EEOC Pregnancy Lawsuit

Don't Get Pregnant or You're Fired, Orchid Grower Told Employees, Federal Agency Charged - FRESNO, Calif. - A Merced County orchid grower will pay $110,000 and provide other relief to settle a pregnancy discrimination...more

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