Tag: leave

Paid Family Leave Program Passes in N.Y.

The 2016 budget bill (S.B. 6406C) signed into law on April 4 by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo includes a paid family leave program that will provide partially-paid leave to nearly every employee in the state. New York is the fourth state, following California,New Jersey and Rhode Island, to enact a paid family leave program administered as part of the state disability insurance program. New […]

Thompson’s Top HR Stories of 2015

The start of a new year offers the opportunity to take stock, and to plan ahead. It’s anyone’s guess what 2016 will hold for human resources professionals, but looking back at the stories that drew the most interest from our reader community provides some useful insights on what to watch for in the new year. […]

Heeere’s Johnny!!! Or, what horrors lurk in your building?

If you’ve seen The Shining you certainly remember the scene when Jack Nicholson’s character, now thoroughly possessed by the Overlook Hotel’s diabolical spirits, hefts an axe and chases his wife through the snowbound resort. Cornering her in a bathroom, he splinters the door and bellows, “Heeere’s Johnny!”  Scary stuff, for sure. For me, though, I […]

Ebola Outbreak Raises Questions for Employers

As a result of the attention surrounding the ongoing Ebola outbreak, many employers are wondering how to handle situations involving communicable disease. Not much medical testing of employees is allowed. If however, a pandemic is widespread and is a direct threat, public health authorities say employers can monitor closely for symptoms and illness. Employers can […]

10 Valuable Tips for FMLA, ADA Compliance

Here is a “Do” and “Do Not” list based on the outcome of 10 claims for interference and retaliation filed by the U.S. Department of Labor or aggrieved employees that the courts have tried in the first four months of 2014. Staying in compliance with the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Americans with […]

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” […]