Tag: Leave Management

‘Royal’ additions: handling HR issues that arise due to marriage and childbirth

I admit that, like many Americans, I am fascinated with the lives of the British royal family. That is especially true with respect to Charles and Di’s two young princes. I enjoy hearing news about Prince Williams’ adorable family, and I was excited to hear about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s recent engagement. In fact, […]

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7th Circuit: The ADA is Not the New FMLA

In a recent decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit—which covers Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin—ruled that granting an employee additional leave beyond what he’s entitled to under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is not a “reasonable accommodation” under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

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What is the Workflex in the 21st Century Act?

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) worked with input from HR professionals and with Congress to help create the Workflex in the 21st Century Act, which was introduced in the House of Representatives in early November 2017.

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Employer Makes ‘Lemonade’ Out of Employee’s FMLA Lawsuit

To be candid, I wasn’t sure who Beyoncé is. While I know a lot about employment law, I often come up short on popular culture. So it’s fortuitous that an employee in Ft. Worth, Texas was fired for attending a Beyoncé concert while she was on Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave. In addition […]

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Worker Fired for Performance Problems Points to Retaliation Instead

An employer provided additional training to an employee with documented performance problems, but when her performance slipped again, she was fired. Noting that the termination occurred shortly after she took medical leave, the employee claimed that she was fired in retaliation for exercising her rights under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

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How Much FMLA Leave Is Too Much?

Bar none, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is the hardest employment law to administer for employers and the easiest to abuse by employees. That double whammy often results in frustrated employers making rash decisions, which, of course, lead to lawsuits. And so goes the following case, in which the employer gave the employee […]

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FMLA: Is Postoperative Care Considered a Serious Health Condition?

As employers are well aware, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) allows eligible employees to take leave for qualifying serious health conditions. In a recent decision, the U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals—which covers Connecticut, New York, and Vermont—highlighted the need for employers to be more inquisitive—and perhaps more expansive—when determining whether a condition […]

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