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By Camille Toney on July 13, 2018 at 2:45 PM

Empty chairs in cubiclesLeave management is a common topic of conversation for HR professionals and employment specialists. Knowing the leave laws and the types of leave are just the tip of the iceberg in leave management. It takes a defined process to generally look at each leave request while taking each request on a case-by-case basis. Even with having a dedicated process for leaves, employers still need to remain attentive to ensure the process curtails risk and curbs potential leave abuse. Below are a few tips to help in the process. The two main federal leave laws, the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), are the focus of these tips. However, employers should keep in mind the other federal and state laws that may be implicated in the leave management process.

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By Amy Blaisdell, Jill Luft, Audrie Howard on November 10, 2017 at 10:52 AM

"ADA, Americans with Disabilities Act" written on a piece of paper with a pencil and stethoscope on top.A recent Seventh Circuit case held that additional leave beyond what is otherwise required by leave entitlement laws is not a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act. This holding provides important guidance for employers. Continue reading for the details of this case and our recommended best practices in light of its holding.

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By Amy Blaisdell, Lauren Daming on July 15, 2015 at 6:00 PM

Contractors DatabaseThe U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) on Wednesday aimed to clarify the test it uses to determine whether workers are classified as employees or independent contractors for purposes of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

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By Kevin McLaughlin on July 5, 2013 at 6:43 PM

DOMA Struck DownIf you’re reading this blog, then it’s probably safe to assume that you heard about the Supreme Court’s decision that the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”) is unconstitutional. And it’s probably also safe to assume that you’ve had friends and acquaintances weighing in with their thoughts on the decision on Facebook, LinkedIn and in other venues. Getting lost in the debate, however, is the impact this decision has on how employee benefits are administered.

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By Melanie Renken on June 3, 2013 at 2:14 PM

GINA Blog PostWhat does your mother’s high blood pressure have to do with your job protection? According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”): everything.

A virtually unknown and unused federal anti-discrimination statute—which applies to employers with fifteen (15) or more employees—is quickly taking center stage with the EEOC. For the second time in a month, the EEOC has filed suit alleging violations of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (“GINA”). 

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By Amy Blaisdell on April 25, 2013 at 8:10 AM

Checklist with boxes and a penIf you think this sounds like a “bad joke,” think again. The United States Department of Labor (“DOL”) has been quite transparent as of late that it is ramping up its FMLA investigatory activities to include unannounced, on-site visits. Although the DOL has historically called employers to arrange on-site visits, particularly for FMLA investigations, the DOL has determined that unannounced, on-site visits is a more effective use of the DOL’s time and resources for both FLSA and FMLA investigations. The DOL’s practice concerning Visits to Employers is described in DOL Fact Sheet #44.

So, exactly what do you do to prepare for the unannounced visitor? 

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