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When an Extended Leave of Absence is NOT a Reasonable Accommodation

December 5, 2013
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If you are planning on denying an unpaid leave as a reasonable accommodation, understand that these terminations are risky and will draw scrutiny from the EEOC.
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Is the Denial of Paid Paternity Leave Discriminatory?

November 6, 2013
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There is one key difference between women and men when they welcome a new-born child. Women give birth; men don’t.


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Indefinite Leaves of Absence May Be Required as a Reasonable Accommodation

October 28, 2013
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Leave laws create many gray areas in every jurisdiction. However, New York City’s leave law creates more gray areas than most.
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Yes, It’s Legal:10 More Things Companies Can Do Without Breaking the Law #yesitslegal

October 28, 2013
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Here's my list. How about you? What would you add to the list? Leave your thoughts in the comments below, or tweet it with the hashtag #yesitslegal.
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How Do I Develop a System for Employees Accruing Personal Time?

October 25, 2013
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Dear Workforce:

 

I am a new HR coordinator and have been asked to develop a system for employees accruing vacation/sick/personal time. I would appreciate any ideas. We are a very small company of eight employees. Our small company has never had a system for accrual of employee vacation/sick/personal time. Where do we begin?

 

— No Starting Point, HR coordinator, health care, Illinois


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Protecting the Caregiver

September 11, 2013
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An overview of resources to address caregiver discrimination.
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Requests for Unpaid Medical Leaves Should Be Stamped, 'Handle With Care'

January 22, 2013
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If you are granting a leave to an employee as an accommodation, your best defense to a potential Americans with Disabilities Act claim is to have an open dialogue with the employee about a return date, and prepare to be flexible (to a point). Then, when the employee asks for “one more extension” to his or her leave of absence, no one will fault you as an unreasonable ogre if you decline.
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Dillard's to Pay $2 Million to Settle Class Action Disability Bias Lawsuit

December 19, 2012
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The settlement resolves a 2008 lawsuit filed against the Little Rock, Arkansas-based retailer for allegedly using a longstanding national policy and practice of requiring all employees to disclose personal and confidential medical information to obtain sick leave, the EEOC said in a statement Dec. 18.
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Study: Disability Claims After Intermittent FMLA Indicate That Caregivers Are Finding It Hard to Cope

August 17, 2012
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New data from Reed Group show that employees who go on Family and Medical Leave Act and then return to work are three times more likely to need additional time off – for themselves.
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Four Times More Public Waste Workers Get Hurt, Sick Than Private

August 15, 2012
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An average of 4,017 public collection workers missed at least one day of work annually between 2008 and 2010. That compares with an annual average of 1,070 collection workers in the private sector.
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