Human Resources News & Insights

Cost of denying an employee extended leave? $4.5 million

Though several court rulings have sided with employers that denied extended leave as an ADA accommodation, the issue is far from settled. And a recent lawsuit shows that employers denying additional leave is still a risky proposition.

FMLA lawsuit: 7 stupid words that could cost this employer big

Wells Fargo had mountains of well-documented evidence to back up its decision to fire a poorly performing employee, but a simple phrase by a clueless manager could wind up making all that evidence moot.

When does ADA leave become unreasonable? Courts & EEOC say …

Many questions spring up for employers when an employee exhausts their FMLA leave but still can’t return to work. Are you required to give them more leave under the ADA? If so, how much additional leave is too much? Can you fire them for needing too much time off? 

Forget paternity leave, ‘paw-ternity’ leave is the recruiting benefit of the future

Many employers don’t even offer paternity leave to employees, but one organization offers this benefit for both human and fur babies.

‘Attendance point’ policy costs employer $1.7M

It starts out as a simple challenge: Companies need a way to track employee attendance. 

Does your FMLA policy jibe with DOL’s latest move?

The DOL’s latest FMLA move has made reviewing your leave policy a must — or you could face penalties. 

Finally: EEOC offers a wider perspective on what’s required in ADA leave

There are several things employers want to pay close attention to in the EEOC’s latest document covering the ADA. 

Case study: Leave-analysis template ensures compliance with FMLA and ADA

Periodically, we like to offer success stories from HR pros from across the U.S. This account of how one employer ensured compliance with overlapping leave laws comes courtesy of Lisa Dally, AA/EEO officer and medical leave coordinator of the Wisconsin Department of Administration in Madison, WI.   

Coach’s firing carries an FMLA lesson for employers

Pop quiz: If an employee with a well-documented alcohol issue comes into work intoxicated, can you legally fire that employee or are you required to place him or her on FMLA leave?  

Why, how and when you must grant ADA leave

A new compliance nightmare is driving employers batty: administering leave as an accommodation under the ADA. It’s not hard to slip up and put yourself right in the crosshairs of your employees’ attorneys.