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Time-Off Request Too Vague for ADA Claim

June 29, 2007
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To avoid disputes about the nature of requested accommodations, it is suggested that, when requests for time off or job reassignments are made, employers require employees to specify, in writing, the nature of the request.
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States Aim to Extend Reach of Family Leave

May 21, 2007
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Washington state has enacted a paid leave law, and similar measures are under consideration in Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon and Texas.
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Paid Sick Leave Bill’s Impact Depends on Legislative Details

March 22, 2007
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HR practitioners are concerned about how the measure would affect paid-time-off provisions. They also balk at the bill’s definition of a full-time employee as one who works 30 or more hours a week, which many companies consider part time.
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FMLA Review Goes From Hurry-Up to Wait Mode

February 22, 2007
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The Labor Department is sifting through 15,500 responses to its request for information. One official says it’s too early to tell how the agency will proceed.
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Return-to-Work Policy Challenged

February 9, 2007
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Employers are advised that, when considering the return to work of employees on medical leaves of absence, reasonable accommodation may be required in the event the returning employee is unable to perform all of the job duties of their former position.
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Senator Seeks Expansion of FMLA

February 2, 2007
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Although companies don’t advocate wiping FMLA off the books, many executives want to see some of its regulations modified. They say abuse of the system raises costs.
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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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