Leave Policy/Compliance

The Americans with Disabilities Act protects qualified disabled employees from discrimination. HR Daily Advisor gives you the background you need on who’s covered, what constitutes a “reasonable accommodation”, issues involving health insurance and medical leave, tax incentives for employers, and more.

Free Special Report: The Leave Maze: Managing FMLA, ADA, and Worker’s Compensation Issues


Productivity Strategies: Getting Employees Back to Work After an Injury

If you’ve ever had an employee out on workers’ compensation leave due to a workplace injury, you know how important it is to get that employee back to work as soon as possible. Not only does this impact productivity, it can also impact the well-being of the employee—financially, physically, and mentally. Getting back to work can even help the employee recover faster.

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Must Accrued Vacation Time Be Paid Upon Termination?

Do employers have to pay out the wage equivalent of the accrued vacation time for an employee upon termination? Does the answer depend on whether the employee quits or is terminated for cause? Does the answer depend on whether the employee belongs to a union?

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Can You Get Sued Over Improper Leave Administration?

Can you get sued over improper leave administration? The short answer is yes, but it usually requires either mistreatment, discrimination, or a perception of such.

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Workers’ Comp Basics

Workers’ compensation laws have come about as a way to establish a means of compensation for injured employees while simultaneously reducing the amount of litigation against employers when employees are injured on the job. The workers’ compensation laws are administered on the state level, and the federal government has its own separate program. Workers’ compensation laws exist in all U.S. states and cover most employers, but most states have exclusions and limits that exclude some smaller employers. Check your local laws for details.

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What Does At-Will Employment Really Mean?

At-will employment is something most U.S.-based employers are familiar with. But what does this term really mean? Can an employer actually terminate an employee without any reason at all? What are the exceptions?

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Pros and Cons of Noncompete Agreements

A noncompete agreement is an agreement between an employer and employee that the employee will agree to not work for a competitor immediately after leaving employment with the current employer.

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Mental Illness and the Workplace: How Might DSM-5 Changes Affect You?

Ever heard of DSM-5? It’s the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition. It is the latest update to the American Psychiatric Association’s classification and diagnostic tool. This update was published on May 18, 2013 and includes some significant expansions to definitions of a few mental disorders.

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Win-Win Approach to “Unplanned” FMLA Leave

Yesterday’s Advisor offered the first three of attorney Stacie Caraway’s tips for avoiding Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) abuse. Today, the rest of her tips, plus an introduction to the unique guide just for smaller HR departments—HR Department of One.

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Watch Out—FMLA Certs Are Like a Pre-Nup

If you don’t take advantage of your Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) tools, and you don’t do all you could or should do, you have only yourself to blame when there’s abuse, says attorney Stacie Caraway.

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Two Case Studies on USERRA—Who Wins?

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In yesterday’s Advisor, Attorney Matthew Effland outlined the basic requirements of USERRA (Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act); today, two USERRA case studies plus an introduction to the guide many call the “FMLA Bible.”

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