NARFE: House Approves Paid Family Leave for Feds

Last week, the House of Representatives passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), H.R. 2500, in a 220-197 vote, containing a long-overdue benefit for federal employees – paid family leave. NARFE National President Ken Thomas previously sent a letter to the House of Representatives urging it to support the provision, which is identical to a…

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$2M Jury Award to Employee Vacationing While on Medical Leave Highlights Pitfalls for Employers

By McGuireWoods LLP – June 26, 2019 It is no secret that employees sometimes abuse benefits under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Nor is it a secret that pitfalls abound for employers trying to limit such abuse while accommodating legitimate needs for medical leave. A recent decision from the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court…

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Former USPS employee alleges he was terminated while on FMLA leave

By Kristine Gonzales-Abella – October 4, 2018 HOUSTON – A Houston man formerly employed by the United States Postal Service alleges he was retaliated against and terminated because he took a medical leave. James Williams filed a complaint on Sept. 14 in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas against United States Postal…

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DOL Issues Two New FMLA Opinion Letters

Organ Donation Surgery Can Qualify as Serious Health Condition Under FMLA The DOL considered whether an employee who donates an organ can qualify for leave under the Family Medical Leave Act, even when the donor is in good health before the donation and chooses to donate the organ solely to improve someone else’s health. Additionally,…

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Keeping FMLA Usage Confidential Pays Off For USPS: Employee Failed To Prove Retaliation Claim

By Jody M. Florence – July 10, 2018 An employee’s retaliation claim under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) failed because he was unable to prove that the managers who decided to temporarily transfer him knew about his FMLA leave, according to the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. A manager of customer services…

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Tax Subsidy for Paid FMLA Leave

The federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) currently requires certain employers to provide eligible employees with up to 12 weeks of leave per year for specified family and medical reasons. FMLA leave can be paid or unpaid. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act seeks to encourage employers to provide paid leave by providing employers…

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How Do Employers Calculate FMLA Leave Around the Holidays?

By Franczek Radelet P.C. – Nov 21, 2017 Calculating FMLA Leave During A Holiday Week Let’s use Thanksgiving Day as an example. If the employee gets Thanksgiving Day off as an employer holiday and then takes the entire rest of work week off for an FMLA reason, the employer should count the entire workweek as…

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Second Circuit Lowers Bar for Causation in FMLA Retaliation Claims

By Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. July 27, 2017 The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently ruled that to advance a viable claim for retaliation under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), an employee need only demonstrate that exercising his or her rights under the FMLA, such as taking…

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