Category Archives: Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

May 22, 2017  |   By Jay Musselwhite →

When an Employee Suffers a Loss: Is Bereavement Leave Required?

In March 2017, bills were introduced to the House and Senate that would include the death of a child as a qualifying event under the Family Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”). Parents who are eligible employees who work for qualified employers could take up to twelve (12) weeks of unpaid leave to mourn the loss of a child. In the meantime, there are few if any     Continue reading

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Jan 29, 2016  |   By Todd Stanton →

“Pregnancy Accommodation: Avoiding the Workplace Baby Blues”

An employee tells you she is pregnant. After the initial rush of happiness and congratulations, is there anything else to consider? “No problem,” you say, “she’ll work as usual. If she needs time off for a doctor’s appointment, no big deal. When she’s on maternity leave, we’ll hire a temp.” But what happens if she is unable to perform her usual job functions due to     Continue reading

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Jul 7, 2015  |   By Elizabeth Sigler →

Employment Law Quick Hits

Affordable Care Act The U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the Fourth Circuit Court decision in King v. Burwell, holding that individuals who get their health insurance through the federal government exchange will be eligible for tax subsidies under the Affordable Care Act. The decision leaves employers in largely the same position they’ve faced since ACA’s passage, though it clarifies that they cannot avoid shared responsibility penalties     Continue reading

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Nov 5, 2014  |   By Elizabeth Sigler →

Addressing Ebola in the Workplace: Fears and Facts

Ebola is on the minds of many in recent months, so it is perhaps unsurprising that HR managers have been bombarded with questions about how their companies will respond. OSHA and the CDC have released guidelines for specific high-risk sectors primarily aimed at disease prevention and control, but little guidance exists for workplaces where the risks are less direct. Below is an overview of major     Continue reading

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Aug 11, 2014  |   By Elizabeth Sigler →

New EEOC Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination and Related Issues

Last month the EEOC published new enforcement guidance on the application of federal laws prohibiting discrimination to pregnant employees in the workplace. The agency takes the position that employers must reasonably accommodate certain temporary impairments arising out of pregnancy that may be considered “disabilities” under the Americans with Disabilities Act. It further states that a failure to make such accommodation implicates not only the ADA,     Continue reading

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Mar 8, 2013  |   By Elizabeth Sigler →

DOL Issues New FMLA Regulations Affecting Military Leave and Airline Flight Crews

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued updated Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) regulations ahead of schedule, and just in time for the FMLA’s 20th birthday. The Final Rule addresses family military leave and rules applicable to airline flight crews. The effective date for these updates will be March 8, 2013, for those provisions not already in effect. Recall that the last major update     Continue reading

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Dec 4, 2012  |   By Millennium Benefits Consulting →

The Basics: Employer Overview of Family & Medical Leave

A.             Definition of Family Medical Leave Family Medical Leave (FML) is a benefit that eligible/covered employers are required to offer to all eligible employees.  FML was created by the Department of Labor (DOL) through the Family Medical Leave Act of 1993 (often referred to as “FMLA”). THE PURPOSE OF FML Family Medical Leave was designed to provide a means by which employees could balance their     Continue reading

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Jun 11, 2012  |   By Todd Stanton →

Touching on the Most Common Issues

Most employers are too busy with their day-to-day operations to expend much bandwidth wringing their hands over the nuances of employment-law compliance.  With this in mind, take a quick look at a rundown of the four most common employment law issues we see in our practice.  Simply knowing that these land mines are out there can go a long way towards avoiding serious problems down     Continue reading

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Apr 19, 2012  |   By Felicia Crawford-Smith →

HR Insider: Pregnancy & the ADA

I recently had lunch with a friend who is happily expecting her first child. While this is certainly an exciting time for her and her husband, she couldn’t help but be anxious about her company’s attitude concerning her pregnancy and the new arrival. Specifically, when she asked the company’s HR Manager about her options for time off before and after delivery, the Manager told her     Continue reading

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Dec 28, 2011  |   By Todd Stanton →

Six Absolutes to Avoid FMLA Discontent

The Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) will never be a source of quiet repose for HR Professionals.  But no matter how big your FMLA headaches become, they’ll unquestionably be a lot worse if you don’t at least implement these six simple propositions to head off the most common employee questions: Display a current version of the Department of Labor’s FMLA poster, with the military     Continue reading

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