Paid maternity and paternity leave has been a long-debated topic in the United States, as it is one of the last remaining developed countries without formal legislation in place guaranteeing working parents paid time off to care for their new babies. As more and more companies today look to support new parents in the workplace […]
Employees returning from parental leave, whether that’s maternity/paternity leave or Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave, often have a unique set of needs to ease their transition back into working full-time. This is important for employers to be cognizant of, not the least of which is to reduce the incidence of employees leaving the […]
I am often asked to recraft a company’s parental leave policy, usually in response to an employee seeking leave for the impending arrival of a new family member that falls outside the company’s current medical disability policy (e.g., an adoption). The employer wants to be generous and provide adoptive parents the same leave it provides […]
Perhaps you’ve heard the statistics in the news lately: the United States lags behind most other nations in terms of how much guaranteed maternity and paternity leave is provided to employees. In fact, it shocks some people in other countries to learn that there is no mandated maternity and paternity leave at all!
Prince William is back at work now, but immediately following the birth of his baby on July 22, he took some time off from his duties in the British Royal Air Force – paid time off. American golfer Hunter Mahan also famously left work recently because his wife was ready to deliver their baby. He […]
The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) can be a headache for HR since the law applies to so many situations. Recently, questions regarding the timing of maternity and paternity leave as well as the need for FMLA paperwork for an employee’s “sensitive situation” were put to a group of attorneys well-versed in employment law. […]
Employment law attorney Robert P. Tinnin, Jr., answers an HR practitioner’s question about improving a flextime program that has become unmanageable.