FMLA

Considerations for navigating return-to-work situations

Navigating an employee’s return to work after a disability leave can be complex. There can be many unknowns, including what questions you can ask the employee about his or her condition, what needs to be put in place for a successful return, and, one of the most important things, when an employee can actually return […]

Intermittent leave: Separating fact from fiction

For some HR managers, there can be gray areas surrounding how to properly help employees who are using intermittent leave. You might find yourself wondering what you can and can’t ask employees in regard to their health. Or you might not know how you can work with a disability carrier to implement accommodations — or […]

Six Ways to Evaluate Intermittent Leave Requests

Navigating the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and its intermittent leave usage requirements may feel like the ultimate balancing act. With all the regulations around this type of leave, coupled with the desire to be respectful of an employee’s need to seek medical care, you may feel uncertain about approving leave — or even […]

FAQs about the EEOC’s new pregnancy guidance

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued new enforcement guidance on pregnancy discrimination in July 2014, warning employers of their obligation to provide pregnant employees reasonable accommodations in the workplace and giving employers insight into how the EEOC will enforce future pregnancy-related issues under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA). As expected, the guidance confirms that […]

Don’t be tripped up by light-duty obligations under the FMLA and ADA: A discussion of employer best practices

I had the privilege of presenting on reasonable accommodations at last year’s CUPA-HR annual conference with The Standard. We spent much of our time discussing the delicate topic of light duty and how it intersects with — and creates employer obligations under — both the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and Americans with Disabilities Act […]

Six things you need to know about intermittent leaves

As we’ve discussed in a previous blog post, proper case management is key for handling intermittent leaves. In fact, a proactive approach can help reduce the incidence of intermittent leaves in your workplace. Another way to ensure smooth management of these leaves is to establish that your company is compliant and your employees are following […]

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