The state of California's family medical leave program is getting high marks from researchers who have studied the law since its passage almost a decade ago. The state of California's family medical leave program compliments the federal Family Medical Leave Act and provides additional benefits the federal law does not provide. Despite what pro-business advocates said before the passage of the law, the state law's impact has been minimal on businesses according to researchers.
A woman who formerly worked at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota has filed a lawsuit under the Americans with Disabilities Act against the hospital in federal court. The lawsuit alleges one violation under the Americans with Disabilities Act and another under the Minnesota Human Rights Act.
Federal employees will receive a new option on how to use their sick time and unpaid leave time under the Family Medical Leave Act. Federal employees will be able to exchange 26 weeks of paid sick time for unpaid leave under the Family Medical Leave Act to care for family members who have fallen ill from communicable diseases. The benefit can also be used to take care of family members serving in the military who have become ill or injured.
Goldman Sachs recently settled a lawsuit based on violations of the Family Medical Leave Act. The lawsuit was filed by a former female vice president who alleged she was forced on a track with the company that offered fewer opportunities for advancement after having her first child in February 2005. The former vice president claims she was also fired after she chose a part-time work schedule after becoming pregnant.
Recently, the United States Department of Labor nodded its head to the fact that children are often taken care of by adults who may not be their biological parents. Now no matter their relation, caregivers who live in the same household as the child may take time off to care for a sick child or tend to an infant.