Category: Leave Management, Policy, and Compliance

Managing employee leave is one of HR’s most annoying (and thankless) tasks. First of all, there’s the federal FMLA, which is notoriously difficult to manage, and commonly gamed by employees. Stack on top of that state leave laws that usually conflict with the plus various pregnancy and disability laws. And then there’s the plethora of other types of leave like bereavement, jury duty, and military leave, each of which has its own quirks and challenges. This topic explores this in depth.

Sick leave

Additional Guidance Now Available for Maryland Healthy Working Families Act

As we previously reported, just over 1 month ago Maryland became the ninth state to enact a paid sick leave law when Governor Larry Hogan’s previous veto of the law was overridden. Despite some legislative efforts to delay the rapid, and somewhat unplanned, approach of its effective date, the law took effect as planned on […]

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Benefits

Tax Law Fueling Changes to Employer Benefits and Compensation Programs

The new tax reform law is fueling changes to corporate America’s employee benefits, compensation, total rewards, and executive pay programs, according to a survey by Willis Towers Watson, a global advisory, broking, and solutions company. The survey of 333 large and midsize employers reveals nearly half (49%) of the respondents are considering making a change […]

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Does That Law Apply to Me? Sick Leave Laws Raise Questions for Out-of-State Employers

Maryland is now the ninth state to have enacted a paid sick leave law. Effective February 11, 2018, the Healthy Working Families Act became law as the result of a veto override, which understandably means there are still a few details related to the law’s enforcement and implementation to be ironed out. In fact, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan promptly created, by Executive Order, a Small Business Regulatory Assistance office to smooth the transition and help Maryland employers comply with the new law.

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FMLA

1st Circuit Court: FMLA is Not a Tool Employees Can Use to Delay Termination

Most employers know they cannot retaliate against someone for requesting or using Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave. One way to defeat an FMLA retaliation claim is to provide evidence that the adverse employment decision was made, but not yet relayed to the employee, before she requested FMLA leave.

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FMLA

Disputed Absences Prevent FMLA Victory for Kentucky Employer

A federal court in Kentucky recently ruled that a Kentucky employer must go to trial in a Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) case in part because there were disputes over whether an employee was absent and whether he had been given FMLA paperwork at the time of the absences.

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Employers’ Flu Worries Go Beyond Germs, Attendance

This year’s influenza outbreak has sickened millions of people across the country, leaving employers struggling to cover for employees who are out sick and searching for ways to prevent others from coming down with the flu. But dealing with germ control and sick days is only the beginning. Legal issues also can come into play.

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Sick leave

Maryland Paid Sick Leave Law Takes Effect February 2018

On January 12, 2018, following nearly a year of speculation in the wake of Governor Larry Hogan’s veto of the paid sick leave bill passed by the Maryland General Assembly near the close of last year’s legislative session, the General Assembly and the Senate have overridden the governor’s veto. The Maryland Healthy Working Families Act […]

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disaster

Natural Disasters: We Texans are ‘100% in Control of Our Response’ to What Happens to Us

*Editor’s note: The content of this article was originally intended for Texas employers dealing with the repercussions of Hurricane Harvey. However, with the recent California wildfires and other natural disasters impacting various parts of the country, employers from all states can take glean insight from Maslanka’s advice.

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