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Family and Medical Leave Act

All In Favor of Improving Maternity Leave Policies?

April 15, 2013
At a time when businesses are expecting more from their employees than ever before, I feel a little reciprocity is in order. Companies could simply go beyond the pregnancy discrimination laws and FMLA leave policies and give their employees longer and compensated maternity leave.
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28 Days Later? Passage of Time May Allow Employers to Recertify FMLA Claims

April 9, 2013
Managing FMLA leave, and particularly managing intermittent FMLA leave, is one of the most challenging tasks for employers. What qualifies as “significantly changed circumstances” will vary from case to case. Do not mistake this case as carte blanche to demand a recertification after every prolonged period of absence.
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Take a Pregnant Pause Before Firing That Pregnant Worker

March 13, 2013
Firing a pregnant employee is a risky proposition.You not only have to worry about Title VII, but also potential liability under the Family and Medical Leave Act (if you are large enough to be covered), and the Americans with Disabilities Act (if the employee suffers from a pregnancy-related medical condition).
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New FMLA Forms and Posters Coming Next Week

February 28, 2013
The U.S. Department of Labor recently issued new FMLA regulations. The substance of these new regulations, which go into place March 8, relate to the FMLA's military leave provisions and airline flight crew personnel.
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FMLA Compliance Is Not as Easy as the Labor Department Says

February 12, 2013
What do these results mean? It means that either the Labor Department found the only sample of employers in the country who have no issues managing FMLA compliance, or the Labor Department put so much spin on its survey results that its conclusions are not credible.
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