Human Resources News & Insights

Test your HR knowledge: The rules on pregnant employees

The Family and Medical Leave Act has some special rules dealing with pregnant employees. Test your knowledge of those rules by taking this quick quiz.

FMLA and the flu: Which absences are (and aren’t) covered

Should the a pandemic flu like the H1N1 virus strike at your workplace, which absences can be unpaid under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)? The answer in some circumstances may surprise you.

Answers to tricky HR questions: ‘Key-employee’ provision allows denial of FMLA?

Our team of experts fields real-life everyday questions from HR managers and gives practical answers that can be applied by any HR pro in the same situation. Today’s question: Does the “key-employee” provision of the law allow employers to deny FMLA leave to some employees?

FLSA and the flu: Making sure your sick-leave policies don’t break the law

What’s worse than having a bunch of employees out sick with the pandemic flu? Getting hit with a labor-law violation because of your “flexible” policies that accommodate sick employees.

Good news on FMLA clarification

It’s finally clear: When requesting Family and Medical Leave Act time off, your employees are obligated to follow your usual policies and procedures.

Answers to tricky HR questions: Back-to-back FMLA absences

Our team of experts fields real-life everyday questions from HR managers and gives practical answers that can be applied by any HR pro in the same situation. Today’s question: Do we have to do anything special when someone takes back-to-back leaves under the Family and Medical Leave Act?

Good news: Feds reverse ruling on notice for FMLA leave

The U.S. Department of Labor, in a just-released opinion letter, essentially changed its stand on the issue of how much notice an employee is required to give when requesting leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act. That’s good news for employers.

Congress considers 2 more FMLA changes

Just when everyone figured out the latest round of changes to the Family and Medical Leave Act, here come two more proposals to modify FMLA.

New family leave law introduced in Congress (again)

Advocates of reimbursed family leave are giving their cause another go on Capitol Hill.

6 Crucial forms for the new FMLA

Under the new Family and Medical Leave Act regulations that take effect this month, you could be required to use six different types of notices — and forms: general, eligibility, rights and responsibilities, and designation, plus two medical forms.