FMLA

Not ready for work after FMLA expires? Consider more leave as ADA accommodation

03/09/2016
Do you automatically terminate employees who aren’t ready to return to work after using up their FMLA leave? That may be okay under the FMLA.

FMLA retaliation requires 'but for' proof

03/09/2016
Employees who claim they were fired for taking FMLA leave must show that taking leave was the sole reason they were fired—what’s known as the “but-for” cause.

DOL initiating more FMLA enforcement

03/07/2016
You don’t have to be sued to lose an FMLA case.

Can you ban workers from moonlighting during FMLA leave?

03/03/2016
It may seem crazy that your employees can use their allotted job-protected FMLA leave time to work on a second job. But, as long as they have a legitimate reason for the leave, they can use their leave any way they please.

Postpone discipline while awaiting FMLA certification

02/10/2016
It can take a long time to process an FMLA request, especially if the employee doesn’t promptly respond to demands to provide medical certification of the need for leave.

FMLA case: Your hands could be tied for years

02/04/2016
A federal court has issued an injunction preventing an employer from firing a worker seeking to take FMLA leave until the litigation ends. That could take years.

Feds target no-fault attendance

01/08/2016

No-fault attendance programs were designed to be completely objective, the idea being that all absences and therefore all workers are treated equally. But the FMLA and ADA require employers to know why an employee was absent, so the “hear no evil” approach can't work.

Light duty essentially admits FMLA eligibility

01/06/2016
When an employee returns from FMLA leave and his employer assigns him to light-duty work, that is basically an acknowledgment that the employee has a serious health condition incapacitating enough to interfere with performing an essential job function. The employer can’t later challenge that part of FMLA eligibility.

Investigation reveals bogus use of FMLA leave? You can and should discipline employee

01/04/2016
Some employees seem to think that if they are approved for FMLA leave, their employers have to accept their time off as legitimate. That’s true to a point. But it doesn’t mean employers can’t ferret out leave abuse if they have reason to believe the employee isn’t being honest.

Texas Supreme Court says neutral leave policy OK

01/04/2016
The Texas Supreme Court has vacated a jury verdict in favor of a former employee who had alleged workers’ compensation retaliation, rendering judgment in favor of the employer.

FMLA leave may be ADA accommodation

01/04/2016

Here’s something to remember when an employee claims she has a disability that interferes with her ability to work overtime or even a full day. You can offer intermittent FMLA leave as a reasonable accommodation rather than restructuring the job or transferring the employee to another open position. Remember, the employer, not the employee, gets to pick the ADA accommodation.

No harm in being more generous than FMLA

12/29/2015
Employers are supposed to let employees who need FMLA leave know about their eligibility and what’s involved in taking leave. But what if you offer a leave plan that goes above and beyond what the FMLA requires? Courts won’t hold that against you—even if you flub the FMLA’s notice requirements.

Show why schedule changed after FMLA leave

12/09/2015
If you have to make a schedule change after someone returns from FMLA leave, be sure you have legitimate business reasons.

OK to require call-off, even with FMLA

12/01/2015
Employers are free to set neutral call-off policies that punish even FMLA-protected absences. Just make sure you enforce your rules fairly and consistently. Don’t punish some employees but not others.

FMLA leave for sibling care? It's possible

12/01/2015
A DOL ruling last year that clarified the definition of “son or daughter” under the FMLA opens up the potential for employees to take leave to care for siblings or other family and nonfamily members. If the employee is serving in the parental role for a sick child, he or she may be eligible.
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