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FMLA Leave

Employers, Why Don't You Require That Employees Call Two Phone Numbers to Request FMLA Leave?
September 21, 2018
I conducted FMLA training this week for a client making fairly significant changes to the manner it administers FMLA leave. They not only are educating managers about their role and responsibilities under the FMLA, but empowering them to play a key role in reducing FMLA abuse.
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DOL Issues New FMLA forms and FMLA Opinion Letter
September 18, 2018
In recent weeks, the federal Department of Labor has been busy addressing various Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) issues.
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Pregnant Woman Fired by Text Message: "Sorry...But It's Not Going to Work Out"
September 6, 2018
File this in the “Managers really can be idiots” folder.
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“No-Fault” Attendance Policies and Roll-Off Attendance Points under the FMLA
September 5, 2018
It is a question that often plagues Human Resources Departments: To what extent do company policies regarding attendance apply to employees on protected leave?
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Time to Update Those FMLA Forms!
August 30, 2018
Finally! The new Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) forms and notices are here!
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Seventh Circuit Case Is Excellent Reminder of FMLA Best Practices
May 4, 2018
As an employer, how do you know when an employee’s illness or medical condition could give rise to a claim for mandatory medical leave, disability protections, or discrimination?  The answer, of course, is that you don’t.
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Companies Not Subject to the FMLA May Still Violate the FMLA
April 20, 2018
If you’re an employer covered by the Family and Medical Leave Act, you probably recognize that it is one of the most complicated statutes for employers to follow.
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No FMLA for Pet’s Death
March 16, 2018
My interest was piqued by a recent case in which an employee claimed that his insomnia following his dog’s death was a serious health condition under the FMLA.
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Must Employees on Leave Be Left Alone?
January 26, 2018
Issues often arise during the course of an employee’s FMLA absence where the employer needs to contact the employee or may want to request the employee to perform some work. What are the employer’s rights to have such discussions or requests when an employee is on FMLA leave?
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Hurricane Harvey and the FMLA: Are Your Employees Eligible for Leave During a Natural Disaster?
August 28, 2017
Natural disasters like Harvey raise a host of issues for employers: how do you pay your employees during during suspended operations?  Whether and to what extent should health benefits and other benefits be offered?
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Maternity/Parental Leave Policies – A Trap for the Unwary
June 20, 2017
This past week, the American Civil Liberties Union announced that it was filing a charge of discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of a male J. P. Morgan employee because the company denies fathers paid parental leave on the same terms as mothers.
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FMLA Is Not A “Get Out Of Jail Free” Card!
May 4, 2017
I know that many employers feel hamstrung by the Family and Medical Leave Act’s statutory protections for employees. They can’t do much about the significant negative effects on business operations because of an employee’s unscheduled intermittent FMLA leave, for example.
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Tweets Follow

Oct 18

Texas Court of Appeals Reverses Dismissal on Plea to Jurisdiction in Former Policeman’s Whistleblower Suit: https://t.co/CRyDReFJ5n

Oct 18

New @SHRM Court Report: FMLA Retaliation Claim Survives: https://t.co/keftzRAKzY

Oct 17

New @SHRM Court Report: History of Approved Leave Will Bear on Reasonableness of Future Request: https://t.co/1l6QQ6MH64