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It’s been just over 10 years since the Department of Labor last introduced wholesale changes to the FMLA regulations. Remember those happy days back in 2009, when we were introduced to new FMLA notice requirements (for all), clarity over employee eligibility and holidays, emphasis on call-in procedures, favorable bonus language and waivers of FMLA rights?  Oh, and those cute, new FMLA notices and medical certification forms?  Oh goodness, those were fun days! After a decade…
Every one of you employs at least one of these employees — you know, the one who: requests medical leave because of, let’s say, his uromysitisis poisoning (clearly, an FMLA-qualifying condition); but wants to use his accrued paid leave instead of tapping into FMLA? He might even get indignant, insisting that the law allows him to choose either FMLA leave or ordinary sick leave to cover an absence clearly covered by the FMLA. How do…
I can’t imagine anything more exciting than having joined Littler earlier this year.  [Click here to read about that virtual love fest.] But I have found a close second: the arrival of the American Bar Association’s summary of every FMLA case decided in 2018! Yep, you read that correctly.  Every little scrumptious FMLA decision.  About mid-February or so, the ABA’s Federal Labor Standards Legislation Committee publishes a comprehensive report of FMLA decisions handed down…
I am bursting at my FMLA seams, and I’ve been dying to share the news with my blog readers. A few weeks ago, six colleagues and I decided to leave our Chicago-based boutique firm and venture toward the labor and employment powerhouse: Littler Mendelson P.C. Littler is the world’s largest employment practice representing employers, and I am joining with dear friends and phenomenal attorneys, Dave Radelet, Chris Johlie, Staci Ketay Rotman, Terry
Thanks to those who attended my webinar last week with Matt Morris on “Six Ways Your Managers Are Causing FMLA & ADA Leave Lawsuits, and How to Train Them to Stop.” A link to the recording can be accessed here (just requires providing some basic info about you) and the presentation PowerPoint can be downloaded here. To those who attended, thank you.  To those who missed it, you still have time to access…