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Family and Medical Leave Act Archives

Update: New Paid Family and Medical Leave: The Families First Coronavirus Response Act

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act ("FFCRA") (Pub. Law No.116-127), originally H.R. Bill 6201, containing, inter alia, the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act ("EFMLEA") and the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act ("EPSLA"), which provide paid leave to small business employees affected by the SARS-COV-2 coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak will become effective on April 1, 2020.

Employers keep repeating this FMLA and ADA mistake

There's an old saying that if a person is observant, they can learn from the mistakes that others have made and avoid making those same mistakes themselves. It appears that some employers are simply unable to learn from errors others have made when dealing with the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), requests for reasonable accommodations and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Common FMLA mistakes made by Milwaukee employers

There is little doubt that properly running the Human Resources department for a large Milwaukee employer is a difficult job. HR specialists are typically involved in recruiting, hiring and training new employees. In many companies, they also help resolve conflicts between employees and manage Family Medical Leave Act matters.

Insurance company settles FMLA lawsuit for $500,000

As one of the largest American health insurance companies, Humana has more than 50,000 employees in offices across the nation, including a couple here in the Milwaukee area. The company recently agreed to settle a FMLA (Family and Medical Leave Act) lawsuit for $500,000 with an employee who was fired from her job just two weeks after she returned from leave.

Can an HR director be held personally liable in an employment lawsuit?

There are no good reasons for supervisors, managers or Human Resources directors to encourage or allow sexual harassment or discrimination based on race, religion, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability or age in the workplace. First and foremost, these behaviors are unlawful. Secondly, they cause real harm to victims.

Federal judge: Wisconsin woman's FMLA lawsuit can proceed

A Wisconsin woman who worked as an administrative assistant played by the rules of the Family and Medical Leave Act ("FMLA"). She notified her employer that after her one-year anniversary at the firm that would make her FMLA eligible, she would have surgery to repair an old Achilles injury. Unfortunately, her employer tried to skirt the rules by informing her that she would instead be placed on unpaid medical leave. 

Appeals court reinstates FMLA interference, retaliation case

If you go to the Department of Labor’s Milwaukee office and ask, you’ll find that when an employee returns from leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act, “he or she must be restored to the same job or to an ‘equivalent job’.”

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