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Employees have up to two years to file FMLA interference lawsuits

02/14/2018

Employees have up to two years after a request for FMLA leave is denied to file an FMLA interference lawsuit unless the violation was willful.

Medical leave request: Consider ADA & FMLA

02/08/2018

A Tennessee employer faces an EEOC lawsuit alleging it unlawfully fired a worker after she asked for leave to deal with her anxiety. The case highlights an HR imperative: When dealing with an employee who has medical problems, you may need to consider the ADA in addition to the FMLA.

No need to engage in accommodation process if disabled employee doesn’t request help

02/07/2018

Except in very rare circumstances, an employer isn’t obligated to provide an accommodation for a disabled worker who doesn’t ask for one. Otherwise, employers would be stuck having to read their employees’ minds.

Accommodation requests can affect unemployment benefits

01/26/2018

How you handle disability accommodation requests may determine whether a worker receives unemployment compensation if you terminate her after she’s used up all her leave.

Watch out for the hidden peril of constantly seeking new applicants

01/26/2018

Some employers like to keep résumés and applications on hand just in case they need to fill a position on short notice. But running frequent ads to generate up-to-date résumés can backfire if you end up terminating someone, even for good cause. He might try to argue that your ad proves you were planning to fire him even before the supposed triggering event occurred.

Firing for absences under no-fault policy? Check for FMLA, accommodation requests

01/26/2018

Employees with disabilities who are also eligible for FMLA leave have limited protection from discharge if they miss work because of complications related to their disabilities. However, employers also have a legitimate right to expect workers to show up for work most of the time.

Is your company eligible for new FMLA tax credit?

01/18/2018

The big tax bill signed into law around Christmas includes a welcome new federal tax credit for employers that offer paid family and medical leave to their employees. But pay attention to the fine print—not every employer can take advantage.

Ignoring FMLA paperwork may bar unemployment

01/02/2018

Workers who are fired for breaking a workplace rule generally aren’t eligible for unemployment compensation. That’s because rule-breaking may constitute willful misconduct, which bars benefits.

It’s OK to fire in the middle of FMLA leave, but be prepared to show valid, unrelated reason

01/02/2018

Employees who are out on FMLA leave don’t enjoy any special protection against being fired for unrelated reasons. If you can show you would have terminated the worker even if she had not taken FMLA leave, chances are the termination won’t be seen as FMLA interference or retaliation for taking FMLA leave. However, such a move will probably trigger a lawsuit anyway.

Employment law by the numbers: Know which laws count

12/20/2017

Businesses must stay abreast of an alphabet soup of federal laws—ADA, ADEA, FMLA and so forth—each with its own requirements. Further complicating matters, most states have their own laws that override the federal requirements. To comply, you first must know which laws apply to your business.

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