Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

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    by Cal Keith Paid sick leave will be the law in Oregon as of January 1, 2016, now that Governor Kate Brown has signed legislation passed by the state legislature in mid-June. The statewide law mostly mirrors Portland’s sick leave law, which took effect January 1, 2014. It provides that covered employers must allow employees to accrue...
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    Federal and state laws governing pregnancy and adoption-related employment issues generally fall into two categories – prohibitions against adverse employment actions and rules covering pregnancy-related leave. Pregnancy-related leave issues are addressed under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) – which amended Title VII of the...

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    In theory, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is a law that recognizes an employee’s need for unforeseen leave while minimizing the costs and efforts of the employer. It sounds simple enough to say that an employee can receive up to 12 weeks (or, up to 26 weeks where applicable) of unpaid leave a year for certain reasons and can then...

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    Many federal employment laws are administered and enforced by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). Some of the employment-related laws the agency oversees include the following: Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA). This Act's reporting requirements for continuation of health-care provisions is administered by the DOL's...

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    Attendance issues are among the most common problems facing employers in today’s workplace. Legitimate illnesses still account for the majority of employee absences, but some studies have shown that less than one-third of absences from the workplace are related to poor health. Most employers offer their workers vacation, sick leave, paid...

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    HR Quick Quiz: An employee slips and falls at work. You know that workers' comp applies. And as his rehabilitation continues, you start trying to figure out when FMLA/CFRA kick in -- or maybe they already have. And when the employee calls you and asks for a reasonable accommodation to return to work, ADA and FEHA are added to the already...
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    It happens all the time – a problem when various leave laws and workers’ comp rules overlap. Case I: An Illinois maintenance technician who suffered from depression took family and medical leave for treatment. He used up his leave time before he was released from the treatment center, so his employer terminated him. The employee...
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    Last year, there were 1.6 million new cancer cases in the United States, plus an additional 2 million nonmelanoma skin cancer diagnoses. And with these numbers set to rise, it's safe to say you will have an employee, or an employee's family member, fighting this dreaded disease. If the situation weren't difficult enough on a personal level, HR...
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    Let’s face it --  some employees have a sophisticated sense about how to abuse their rights under the Family and Medical Leave Act, particularly when using intermittent leave when vacation and sick time are not available. To minimize disruption in your workplace, you've got to know how to detect and deal with employees who abuse FMLA...
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    Despite laws and agency guidance, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) believes that many pregnant women and caregivers are still denied job opportunities, workplace modifications, leave, and equal treatment. At a recent public meeting held by EEOC in Washington, D.C., experts told the Commission that "[a]t a time when most pregnant...
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