Congress Proposes Adding Parental Bereavement Leave to FMLA

By Heather Panick – March 22, 2017 On March 16th, a bipartisan group of Representatives, which included Paul Gosar, Don Beyer, Martha McSally, Brad Schneider, Tom Suozzi and Barbara Comstock, introduced the Parental Bereavement Act of 2017, also known as the Sarah Grace-Farley-Kluger Act. See H.R. 1560. This Act would add the “death of a…

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Intermittent FMLA Absences Not Subject to “Proof of Need”

By Ellison McCoy – March 17, 2017 On January 27, 2017, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision that provides a cautionary tale to employers about seeking documentation from an employee on intermittent FMLA leave. In Diamond v. Hospice of Florida Keys, Inc., Case No. 15-15716 (11th Circuit, Jan. 27, 217), the Court…

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USPS Redesigns Earnings Statement Leave Sections

We revised PS Form 1223-B, Earnings Statement (known as PayStub), to provide additional information on the leave data. We intend for the changes to: Improve communication about earned annual leave (AL) balance. Better align the information on the paystub or paycheck with the leave information that is already available to employees using ePayroll. Enable employees…

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Disclosure of Medical Information Results in Retaliation and Interference Claims

By Tasos Paindiris – February 15, 2017 A United States District Court in Florida thwarted an employer’s attempt to toss the FMLA claims of an employee who sued after his medical condition was disclosed to co-workers who subsequently made fun of him. The employee requested FMLA leave after he developed a chronic condition with his…

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Nearly 300 in Richmond join lawsuit against USPS over time card manipulation

By Eric Philips – February 15, 2017 RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – Lawyers filed a collective action complaint with about 40 plaintiffs in federal court on Monday. It claims Post Office management “required…mail carriers to work ‘off the clock’ without compensation in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.” It further claims that employee time cards…

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Dems recruit Ivanka Trump on family leave

By Mike Lillis – February 13, 2017 House Democrats see a powerful ally in their push to expand paid family leave: Ivanka Trump. President Trump’s elder daughter has been an outspoken advocate for expanding maternity benefits in the workplace, using her platform at the Republican National Convention last summer to promote the issue. That advocacy…

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