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Labor Department: Employers Find It Easy to Comply With the FMLA. What?!?!

February 5, 2013
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Either the Labor Department found the only 1,649 employers (91 percent of the 1,812 worksites surveyed) who “find it easy to comply with” the FMLA, the Labor Department is putting some major spin on its survey results, or my read on FMLA administration is way off.
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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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Say It Ain't So: Court Holds an Employer Does Not Have to Accommodate a Pregnant Employee

January 17, 2013
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Handling accommodation requests by pregnant employees is a thorny area of the law. My recommendation is instead of trying to sort through these issues for yourself, you contact your employment counsel before denying an accommodation request made a pregnant employee.
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Department of Labor Lists Considerations for Adult Child Care FMLA Leave Requests

January 16, 2013
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The U.S. Department of Labor has issued an “administrator's interpretation” of factors an employer must consider when an employee requests leave to care for an adult child under the Family and Medical Leave Act.
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Putting the Human Back in Human Resources, Redux

January 16, 2013
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Employers, what do you think costs more? Accommodating a few days of unpaid time off or defending this lawsuit?
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Certification Harassment? 6th Circuit Rejects Claim Under FMLA

November 29, 2012
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Following the rules does not equate to harassment. Now if we can all just figure out those annoying rules.
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Facebook Foible Foils FMLA Fight

November 15, 2012
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Even though people like to treat social media as the new kid on the block, it is really nothing more than a communication tool, to which all of the old rules of the workplace apply.
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Must an Employer Accommodate an Employee for a Family Member's Disability?

November 13, 2012
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I cannot overstate enough how fine a line it is between lawfully terminating an employee because of the need to take time off to care for an ill relative and unlawfully terminating an employee because of a relative's disability.
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The One Question I Would Ask President Obama During the Debates

September 26, 2012
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With this election cycle's debates on the horizon, I'll be providing the one question I would ask each of the two presidential and two vice presidential candidates.
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