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.

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Bracing for the Boomer Bomb: How Senior Care Will Impact Your Workplace

Stories of companies introducing and expanding maternity and paternity leave plans have been well documented in the media. Whether a byproduct of the talent wars or recognition that there is, indeed, a business case for family-friendly benefits, these new supports are a net positive for new parent employees. But care is not reserved solely for […]

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Health Benefits During FMLA Leave: Who Pays?

For many HR professionals, Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) administration is near—or at—the top of the list of most-hated-things-about-the-job. And given that the law is confusing and burdensome and nitpicky, it’s no wonder.

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Think You Can’t Terminate an Employee on FMLA Leave? Think Again

One of the biggest misconceptions about the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is that it insulates employees from disciplinary proceedings while they are on FMLA-approved leave. Anyone who assumes that taking FMLA-protected leave provides some type of protection from all disciplinary actions would be wise to remember the age-old adage about assumptions, as one […]

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ADA: Was AstraZeneca Employee’s Request for 12-Month Leave Extension Unreasonable?

It is a common dilemma for employers: An employee requests a leave of absence for several months, fails to return at the end of the leave, and asks for a lengthy extension. Under what circumstances may the employer deny the extension and terminate the employee’s employment? A recent decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals […]

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Are Employers Required to Provide Disability Leave?

An employee or applicant who is disabled (or who qualifies as disabled) has the right to the legal protections granted under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). But does that right extend to the right to take leave related to the individual’s disability?

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FMLA Leave 101: What Qualifies as a Serious Health Condition?

Managing leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) has its challenges. Employers need to ensure that all HR staff and all managers who deal with employee leave requests are well-versed in the finer details of FMLA-related leave. They should understand who is eligible for leave, how much they’re eligible for, how you track […]

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