Is This the Worst Fake Doctor’s Note Ever? And What Could You Do About It?

Buzzfeed recently published this note, which an employee provided asking his boss for a day off from work. Not only did the employer refuse the time off, but, as you can see above, the employer edited the note, remarked on all of the typos, errors, and misspellings, and returned it to the employee with...

DOL Guidance Clarifies FMLA Rights for Same-Sex Couples

It has been nearly two months since the U.S. Supreme Court nullified Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act ("DOMA"). Yet, the Administration has been largely silent on its interpretation of how the Supreme Court's decision affects the 1,100 plus federal laws that use the term "spouse...

Enforce Your Employee Call-In/Notice Requirements -- Even for FMLA Leave

In that handbook of yours should be a page -- maybe a few lines -- on an employee's responsibility to notify you if they are going to miss work. Who to call, when to call, that kind of stuff. A recent case from the Sixth Circuit ( this one ) [ an enhanced version of this opinion is available to...

When an Extended Leave of Absence is NOT a Reasonable Accommodation

Conventional wisdom says that when a sick or injured employee asks for time off, you should grant it within reason . For one, the EEOC says that hard-capped leave of absence policies violate the ADA . For another, if an employee, returning from an FMLA leave, asks for a few more weeks of leave, what’s...

Is An “Unlimited” Leave Policy Good Business For You?

by Annemarie Cleary A growing number of businesses are considering “unlimited” leave policies for their exempt employees. Unlimited leave policies are excellent recruiting and retention tools that can foster a culture of trust and productivity at the right business. But, the anticipated...

New Bill in Congress Will Revamp FMLA to Cover Smaller Employers

How about cutting the 50-employee requirement for covered employers in half? So, if you have 25 or more employees working within 75 miles of one another, they would be eligible to take leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act. And that's just part of the Family and Medical Leave Enhancement...

Firing a Sick Employee Just Before She Is FMLA-Eligible Is Very Risky

So, check this out. I read this case yesterday about an employee who provided her company with a November 12 doctor's note, requesting that her hours be reduced due to her high-risk pregnancy. The employee would have become eligible for coverage under the Family and Medical Leave Act on November...

Changes Ahead for FMLA Spouse Definition

The Department of Labor (DOL) will soon publish a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding the definition of "spouse" under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The new rule will enlarge the definition of spouse and likely simplify administration for employers. In August 2013, the DOL issued...

Third Circuit: Mailing FMLA Notice Not Enough for Summary Judgment?

Sometimes the most mundane tasks can make or break your case. Here's something I never thought I'd say: Big decision from the Third Circuit about how to mail FMLA notices! Read the opinion in Lupyan v. Corinthian Colleges, Inc. (for my Pennsylvania readers, the Third Circuit is our jurisdiction...

FMLA 101: Don't Make an Employee Work During Leave. Just Don't.

Really. It's a bad idea. Like my youngest son using chopsticks and a fork at the same time to eat pho . Ok, not that bad. But, definitely blogworthy. I read this case over the weekend about an employee who, while on maternity leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act, was required to...