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.

Kentucky

Manager Claims Disability Bias after Employer Requires Psychological Evaluation

The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals—which covers Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee—recently heard from a former Home Depot manager, claiming that he was discriminated against based on a “perceived” disability. The manager claims he was put on medical leave and required to undergo a psychological evaluation. The manager had made “threatening remarks” that could […]

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Mississippi

ADA and FMLA Best Practices Pay Off for Cash-Handling Company

The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals (which covers Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas) recently upheld a jury’s verdict in favor of an employer on an employee’s lawsuit under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The verdict was the result of several things the employer did correctly in response to the employee’s medical issues. This case is worth another look.

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Coordinating FMLA with State and Federal Laws

In this article series, we’ll focus on the intersection of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and how it affects many other laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), workers’ comp, and other state laws that apply to medical or disability leaves. Additionally, the FMLA may intersect with a variety of employer-provided leaves […]

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Kentucky

Was Attendance an Essential Job Function for AT&T Customer Service Rep?

An AT&T customer service representative (CSR) recently filed a lawsuit against her employer citing disability discrimination, but the employer, citing attendance as an essential job function of her position, claimed she was terminated for her frequent absences. Was the employee discriminated against? The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals—which covers Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee—has the answer.

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Coordinating FMLA with USERRA

In this article series, we’ll focus on the intersection of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and how it affects many other laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), workers’ comp, and other state laws that apply to medical or disability leaves. Additionally, the FMLA may intersect with a variety of employer-provided leaves […]

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