Intermittent Leave Under the FMLA – The Basics

By Donald Davis on June 7, 2017 Congress adopted the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (“FMLA”) to provide job security for employees who must miss work due to their own serious health condition, the birth of their children, to care for family members suffering from a serious health condition or for reasons related…

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Strict Enforcement of Attendance Procedures May Create Liability for Employers under FMLA

By Robert Meyer – March 28, 2017 Many employers include in their attendance policies a specific procedure by which employees must “call-in” to report an absence from work. Such policies typically impose disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment, when an employee fails to follow the employer’s procedure or is otherwise a “no-call,…

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Can FMLA Leave Ever Be Used for the Flu?

By Margaret Bartiromo – January 27, 2017 The flu season has begun. According to the Connecticut Department of Public Health’s weekly updates, influenza activity is rapidly increasing in Connecticut and throughout the region. Since the flu is contagious, employees should be encouraged to stay home if they come down with the virus, but did you…

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The DOL Isn’t Done Yet and Non-Compliance is Getting More Expensive Than Ever

By Dena Sokolow – July 21, 2016 Employers around the country are busy trying to keep up with the fast and furious rule-making from the Department of Labor. From OSHA reporting requirements, the persuader and fiduciary rules and the new overtime regulations, this unprecedented activity from the DOL has kept employers scrambling to understand the…

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Woman accuses Postal Service of wrongful termination

The Pennsylvania Record – June 2, 2016 PITTSBURGH — A former employee is suing the U.S. Postal Service, citing alleged violation of the Family and Medical Leave Act and wrongful termination. Tiffany Alder filed a complaint on April 26 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania against USPS alleging that the…

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FMLA Doctor’s Notes: What Unions Need to Know

By Robert M. Schwartz – May 4, 2016 The law prevents employers from discharging or disciplining workers who miss work time for serious medical reasons or to care for family members. In most cases, eligible employees can take up to 60 days of leave (12 workweeks) within a 12-month period. The law can also be…

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