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FMLA

DOL issues employer guidance on leave provisions of FFCRA

03/31/2020
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division has issued a new round of guidance telling employers how to comply with the paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave benefits written into the Families First Coronavirus Response Act that went into effect April 1.

Emergency law grants paid sick, FMLA leave

03/19/2020
Many employees affected by the coronavirus pandemic will be eligible for paid sick leave and some will be able to take paid FMLA leave under legislation signed into law March 18.

House passes coronavirus rescue bill

03/16/2020
Using expedited procedures, the House of Representatives passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201) early March 14. The Senate is expected to pass a similar measure within days, and President Trump has said he will sign it into law.

DOL offers Q&As addressing coronavirus and FLSA, FMLA

03/12/2020
The Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division has released new guidance on how coronavirus and COVID-19 affect compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act and the FMLA.

Warn supervisors: Never harass or retaliate against workers who take FMLA leave

03/02/2020
Train your supervisors on all forms of harassment, including harassment against employees who exercise their FMLA rights. Making life difficult for those who have taken or may take protected FMLA leave can backfire badly.

Employee misses work? Check FMLA eligibility

02/27/2020
Once an employer realizes leave might be FMLA-covered, it must send the employee an FMLA eligibility notice. That way, the employee knows how to formally request leave. Failing to send the notice after suspecting the employee is eligible is a separate FMLA violation.

Comply with the law when requiring employees to work overtime

02/18/2020
In general, employers have the right to require employees to work overtime, as long as they are properly paid for the additional hours. However, that right is not unlimited.

Provide FMLA forms as soon as you suspect serious health condition

02/18/2020
When an employee requests FMLA leave or even just asks about leave for a serious health condition, make sure you provide the proper FMLA forms. Never brush off such a request or tell him he doesn’t need to “apply” for FMLA leave.

Flu season is here! FMLA, ADA and objections to vaccines

12/20/2019
Influenza season is well underway, and there is every indication that the flu bug will bite lots of workers this winter. Many will need time off to recover. That raises two important questions: Is that leave protected by the FMLA? Can employees lawfully refuse to get flu shots?

Spotted error in administering FMLA leave? Fix it fast to show your good faith

12/20/2019
The FMLA has strict rules on how and when to designate an employee’s time off as FMLA leave. However, if you make a technical error but act quickly to correct it, you probably won’t face liability if an employee sues for an FMLA violation.