Human Resources News & Insights

Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), passed in 1993, gives employees up to 12 work weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave in a 12-month period to care for their own or family members’ serious medical conditions. The law covers employers with at least 50 workers.

The return of Opinion Letters: DOL brings back key compliance tool for HR

Good news: HR pros will once again have one of the most useful DOL resources at their disposal to help with an array of tricky compliance issues.

Study: HR pros stressed about changing regs, but not where you’d think

While employers are keeping a close eye on ACA-repeal efforts and other changes under the new administration, they’re most concerned about what’s happening in their own backyards.

Facebook photos showed FMLA abuse, so why won’t court dismiss case?

If an employee is supposed to be on FMLA because a medical condition prevents him for handling the day-to-day tasks of his job, you’d think a couple of photos of him frolicking about on a Caribbean island during his leave would be enough to prove he was abusing his FMLA leave. And it probably could’ve […] [MORE]

Turns out HR pros & managers can be liable (personally) for FMLA violations

Courts have ruled that managers and supervisors can be held personally liable for FLSA violations. And now, in a new twist, courts are saying they can be individually liable for FMLA violations as well. Here’s why and when. 

3 things managers can’t say after FMLA requests

You know when employees request FMLA leave, those conversations have to stick to the facts about what the workers need and why. The problem is, a lot of managers don’t know that — and here’s proof some of their stray comments can cost you dearly in court. 

FMLA violations: Expect double damages to be new normal, ruling says

As if you needed another reason to double-check your managers’ Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) training. Still, a recent court ruling just gave employers a pretty big one. 

9 FMLA record-keeping requirements employers need to know

When an employee goes on leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), it can pay to double-check that your FMLA record-keeping processes are up to snuff, in case your FMLA administration/processes are ever called into question. 

Establishing a solid paid parental leave policy: 4 keys

Is paid parental leave right for your company?  

Was employee’s nap FMLA protected? How one court ruled

Scorned employees will cry “FMLA protection” for just about anything these days. The question is, when can the argument stick? 

Here’s a proven template for firing an FMLA abuser

A recent lawsuit and subsequent courtroom battle provides a valuable lesson in how to terminate a Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) abuser while fending off claims of interference and/or retaliation.