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.

Univision Radio Host Sings the Blues Over Adverse Disability Ruling

Can an employee’s frequent tardiness be used to establish that she has a disability because she is limited in the major life activity of working? Does an employee have to request leave under the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) before she has the right to take job-protected leave under the CFRA? A California Court of Appeal answered those questions in a recent case brought by a radio host.


Payroll Issues During Blizzards and Snow Days

As we head into the heart of the winter storm season, it is inevitable that employers could face some severe snowstorms and blizzards in February. Hence, this is an excellent time to brush up on the wage and hour laws, which dictate whether you are required to pay salary or hourly wages to employees who are unable to get to work during a blizzard or severe snowstorm. Here is a timely refresher article on these issues.


Managing Intermittent and Reduced Schedule Leave: Fluctuating Work Schedules

This article series addresses some of the most confusing real world problems surrounding the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). In the last installment, we focused on managing leave duration and the limits that can and cannot be placed on intermittent and reduced schedule leave. Here we’ll focus on managing intermittent and reduced schedule leave […]


Unemployment: Termination After Exhaustion of FMLA Leave Deemed ‘Voluntary Quit’

The Kentucky Court of Appeals recently upheld the denial of unemployment benefits to an employee who had exhausted his leave entitlement under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and was unable to return to work. The court upheld the Kentucky Unemployment Insurance Commission’s (KUIC) determination that those circumstances constitute “quitting” employment without “good cause.”