Tag: leave

Is Your FMLA Poster Showing? March 8 is the Deadline

Employers covered under the Family and Medical Leave Act must have the U.S. Department of Labor’s poster hanging by COB March 8. In February, the U.S. Department of Labor issued new regulations that implement and clarifiy amendments to expand military leave entitlements under the Family and Medical Leave Act. In addition, the final rule: (1) […]


Protecting Pregnant Worker Job Rights Requires Employer Vigilance

True or False: An employer is free to fire a pregnant employee once she has exhausted all her leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act. The most accurate answer: It depends. The FMLA requires covered employers to provide up to 12 weeks of job-protected leave for the birth of a child. On the other […]


Did he quit, or was he fired?

by Emilie Paquin-Holmested Generally when employees decide to leave their jobs, they are considered to have quit. But in Canada, if they leave their jobs because the employer substantially changed essential terms of their employment, they are considered to have been constructively dismissed. The line separating these two notions is often unclear. It’s especially so […]


“There is no sin except stupidity”

by Donna Brooks We confess: In these days of dry Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) lawsuits, newspaper battles over immigration laws and school calendars, and court opinions focusing on sufficiency of evidence or burdens of proof, any day that we get to write an article about “sin” is a good day. While actual “sinning” […]

Technology on vacation

R&R Necessary for Healthy, Productive Work Life

Summer is here and in full swing. It’s time for baseball, picnics and vacations. So, what do you do for “R&R”? Rest and relaxation are important ingredients to maintaining a healthy and productive work life. Sounds funny doesn’t it? Not “ha ha” funny, but a little strange to say that rest and relaxation are critical […]

Juggling Work and Vacation

Juggling Work and Play during Vacation Season

As peak vacation season nears and employees begin jockeying with coworkers to take off the days and weeks they want, employers may be wondering if their time-off policies are fair, simple, and effective or if they complicate work schedules unnecessarily. What’s more important — logging a specified number of hours every weekday, or producing an […]


5 Tips for Navigating FMLA Certification Process

By Francine Esposito Navigating the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) medical certification process can be tricky for even the most seasoned HR professionals. Thankfully, most employees requesting leave for their own serious health condition legitimately need it and will provide the necessary documentation. Other employees, however, attempt to “work the system” to take what […]


DOL proposes rulemaking to implement statutory amendments to FMLA

Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis  announced on Jan. 30 that the U.S. Department of Labor is issuing a notice of proposed rulemaking to implement new statutory amendments to the Family and Medical Leave Act that would expand military family leave provisions and incorporate a special eligibility provision for airline flight crew employees. The FMLA, […]


Expired FMLA Forms OK for Now

The calendar now says 2012, but employers may notice that their Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) forms from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) carry a December 31, 2011, expiration date. What to do? For now, just keep using the old forms. The DOL’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) has submitted the forms for […]