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Employee acting as her own lawyer? Prepare for a long slog through the legal system

Ten years of litigation has finally come to an end now that a federal appeals court has tossed the last claims of an employee who acted as her own lawyer.

FMLA: Count reduced-hours accommodation

Here’s something to consider when you approve a disabled employee’s request for a reduced work schedule as a reasonable accommodation: You can count the hours not worked against her FMLA entitlement.

DOL releases updated FMLA forms

The U.S. Department of Labor has released new updated FMLA certification and notification forms used by employers. The forms expire in May 2018.

Court rules on early FMLA protection: Never fire for requesting leave in advance

The 11th Circuit has ruled for the first time on an important FMLA question, providing greater protection for employees who are not yet eligible for FMLA leave but who request leave that will start once they become eligible.

Don’t take malingering employee’s bait: Calling in sick shouldn’t trigger FMLA query


Some employees believe all they have to do to invoke FMLA leave protection is call in sick and wait for their employer to request medical certification. Wrong! Merely calling in sick doesn’t trigger any employer obligations under the FMLA.

Does FMLA cover prenatal appointments?

Q. One of our employees is expecting a baby and would like to count the time she spends at pregnancy-related doctor’s appointments as FMLA leave. Are we obligated to allow intermittent leave for doctor’s appointments?

HR’s loose lips can sink your company’s defense

Sometimes in HR, you know more than you want to know. But as this new court ruling shows, sharing in­­side information with an employee isn’t a smart move … for your em­­ployer or your career.

You can terminate someone on FMLA leave–as long as reason has nothing to do with FMLA

Some employees mistakenly believe that if they take FMLA leave, they can’t be terminated. That’s not true. The FMLA regulations even allow employers to fire employees on FMLA leave before they return—if they can show the termination was unrelated to leave.

Subpar employee fired for good reason? He can still sue for FMLA retaliation

Many employers don’t realize that they can still be sued for FMLA retaliation by a terrible employee that they fired for perfectly legitimate business reasons if there’s a possibility he was punished for requesting or taking FMLA leave.

New FMLA status: pet-abuse protection

Florida’s version of the FMLA allows workers to take up to three days of leave if the employee or a family member is the victim of domestic violence. Now a state senator, Mike Fasano, has proposed an amendment that would extend that protection to pet abuse.