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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Ivanka Trump, Senators Advance Ideas on Paid Family Leave

As the idea to make paid family leave mandatory continues to gain attention, employers may be wondering what various paid leave proposals might mean for their businesses. A June 20 meeting between first daughter and presidential adviser Ivanka Trump and a handful of senators doesn’t draw a clear picture of what may be in store, […]

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Nevada Legislation Would Create New Sick Leave, Minimum Wage Requirements

It would seem as though the Nevada Legislature has declared war on small employers this legislative session with proposals to raise the minimum wage, require equal pay for equal work, and force Nevada employers with 50 or more employees that have operated in the state for at least one year to provide 24 hours (equivalent […]

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New Jersey

Inattentive New Jersey Employer Leaves Itself Open to FMLA Claims

Navigating the leave law landscape can be tricky business for employers. The U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey recently ruled that an employer failed to prove it did not violate the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the New Jersey Family Leave Act (NJFLA) when it terminated an employee after she […]

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FMLA Training Scenario: Failure to Return to Work?

Here we present a leave-related workplace scenario—inspired by an actual court case—that’s intended to help HR professionals better understand an employer’s responsibilities under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).  In this scenario, a police officer who took FMLA leave to recover from an injury asks to be assigned to light or desk duty or […]

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Bereavement Leave Considerations

Employers are in a delicate situation when an employee needs to take bereavement leave—not only must they deal very sensitively with the employee who has suffered a loss, but they also must be sure to handle the situation in a way that is both fair (to all employees) and flexible (since each situation may be […]

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