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Defense Bill Extends Military Families’ FMLA Coverage

November 2, 2009
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President Barack Obama signs into law a Defense Department spending bill that further expands Family and Medical Leave Act coverage for families of employees in the military.
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Study Finds Almost Half of New York City’s Workers Lack Sick Leave

October 19, 2009
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About 1.9 million New Yorkers don’t get paid sick leave, according to a new study. More than 70 percent of low-income workers without paid sick leave reported working sick in the past year, while 30 percent sent a sick child to school because they couldn't take time off.
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Terminated Employee's 'Regarded As' Claim Weighed

October 16, 2009
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Employers must return to work employees who have been released by their doctors to work and who can perform essential job duties and responsibilities of their positions. Where requested or necessary, reasonable accommodations should be discussed with the employee.
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No Claim for Failure to Accommodate

June 26, 2009
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Employers are advised to engage in an interactive process with employees seeking job accommodation. The Americans with Disabilities Act does not require employers to accommodate employees by assigning other workers to take over the duties of a disabled employee.
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SHRM, Democrats Tangle Over Paid-Sick-Days Bill

June 11, 2009
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The HR organization’s China Miner Gorman warns that the legislation mandating paid sick days would foist new requirements on employers that could turn out to be as difficult and costly to administer as the Family and Medical Leave Act—whose 200 pages of regulations she held up at the hearing.
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Dispatcher Has No ADA or FMLA Claim

June 2, 2009
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Employers should rely on opinions and recommendations of health care providers in considering possible accommodations, as well as in determining if an employee has the ability to perform essential job functions.
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Leave For Military Family MembersWhat Employers Need to Know

May 27, 2009
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The recent National Defense Authorization Act contains a provision that amends the Family and Medical Leave Act to provide new forms of leave for military families. Here's what employers need to know to ensure they're in compliance with this complex set of regulations that went into effect this year.
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Washington State Delays Paid Family Leave Mandate

May 22, 2009
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Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire has signed legislation that delays implementation of a 2007 law giving employees up to five weeks of paid leave after the birth or adoption of a child.
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Dismissal for Not Calling In Doesn’t Violate FMLA

April 2, 2009
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Employers should be cautious when considering applying leave-of-absence procedures and policies to employees approved for FMLA leave.
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