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DOL Review May Be Harbinger of FMLA Expansion--Or Not

January 15, 2007
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A federal review of the country’s primary employee time-off law could be a prelude to expanding leave policy or curbing it. Last month the DOL officially solicited public comment on the Family and Medical Leave Act.
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Extended Deployments Could Hurt Work Prospects of Citizen Soldiers

January 12, 2007
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The Pentagon’s decision to extend active-duty requirements for citizen soldiers in the National Guard or military reserves could take a toll on both civilian employers and employees. Employers may shy away from hiring reservists or National Guard members.
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Employee FMLA Rights and Certification

August 30, 2006
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In the case of foreseeable leave, an employer may delay the taking of FMLA leave to an employee who fails to provide timely certification after being requested by the employer to furnish such certification until the required certification is provided. Firing an employee because the employee does not provide a FMLA certification can be risky.
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Employee's Return From Medical Leave Denied

May 2, 2006
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An ultrasound technician was unable to secure medical releases, either from her own or her employer’s doctors, and the company terminated her on the grounds that she was unable to do the job. The technician filed suit, alleging retaliation for filing a workers’ compensation claim and violation of the FMLA.
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Legal Brief Employer Responsibilities Under FMLA

January 20, 2006
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Employers, via their policies and procedures, must demonstrate their willingness to help rather than hinder employees’ use of FMLA rights.
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<i>Dear Workforce</i> How Do We Create an Equitable System for Offering More Paid Time Off

June 24, 2005
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A high-performing employee has requested that, rather than receiving a pay increase, she should be allowed to take more time off. We think this could be a good thing for her and other employees. How do we create an equitable system for this? How do we track the amount of time allowed in relation to an employee’s salary? And what happens if a year or two later, they decide they want the money instead of the time?
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Keeping the Connection When Female Employees Take Leave

April 20, 2005
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One-third of professional women drop out of the workforce at some point, most commonly for child care responsibilities. Booz Allen Hamilton is trying to change this by offering ex-employees a chance to work on a contract basis.
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