Articles Posted in Family and Medical Leave

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Jeff Belmonte from Cuiabá, Brazil [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The Family and Medical Leave Act provides eligible employees with up to 12 workweeks of job-protected leave during any 12-month period for specified family and medical reasons. But, if two spouses work for the same company, maybe, not so much.

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Whether you were celebrating the second day of Rosh Hashanah, otherwise too busy at work, or love relistening to FMLA webinars, check out a recording of the webinar I presented with a few others yesterday for the Disability Management Employer Coalition (DMEC). Continue reading

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By Shane Smith, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

An employee with severe shoulder pain sought and received from his employer leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act. The employer notified the employee that the leave was limited to up to four medical appointments per year and for monthly flare-ups lasting up to three days per episode.

Then, things got curious.
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You know that dream?

The one where the U.S. Department of Labor shows up on a Sunday to conduct a surprise wage-and-hour audit of your workplace, all the company payroll records have gone missing, and you’re in your underwear.

No? Oh, me neither. Continue reading


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I’ve talked a fair amount recently about retaliation claims (here and here), mostly focusing on timing as the possible link between a protected activity (such as a complaint of discrimination) and an adverse employment action (like a firing).

The plaintiffs in those cases were unsuccessful in proving retaliation. And, in the case about which I’m blogging today, the employer almost prevailed on summary judgment too.

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“Doing What’s Right – Not Just What’s Legal”