DOL issues Opinion Letter: FMLA Leave May Not Be Saved For Future Use

The Department of Labor issued an Opinion Letter Thursday that says an employee with a FMLA-qualifying condition may not use paid leave and decline to use FMLA leave to preserve FMLA leave for future use.  This will likely result in employers digging more deeply into employees’ reasons for taking paid leave. Employees will need to…

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Management Instruction: Additional Wounded Warriors Leave Available

Compensation and Benefits recently published Management Instruction (MI) EL-510-2019-2, Wounded Warriors Leave, which provides details regarding additional leave for eligible Postal Service™ employees for medical treatment that qualifies under the Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act of 2015. Effective January 5, 2019, in addition to the statutorily mandated leave, the Postal Service will credit eligible employees…

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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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DOL Blog – In Support of Paid Leave: 25 Million Stories

Today, more than 30 million of America’s working families have young children, and more than 25 million workers provide unpaid care for elderly relatives and loved ones every year. The needs that they tend to aren’t always the kind that can be addressed in a day here or there. While caregiving roles in the U.S….

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FMLA FAQ: Am I Required to Pay My Employee for Holidays Occurring During FMLA Leave?

There must be something in the water, but several clients have asked me this week whether they are required to pay an employee for the Memorial Day holiday even though the employee was out on FMLA leave. Interesting question, and the answer is fairly straightforward: treat them the same way you would treat another employee…

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