October 2018 Newsletter

Here is a quiz about some of the quirkier aspects of the Family and Medical Leave Act.    How much do you know about these FMLA oddities? Unless otherwise indicated, you can assume that all of our hypothetical employers are covered by the FMLA and that all of the employees are eligible for leave. As always, the answers appear at the end of each question, and you are allowed to take the quiz as many times as necessary to ace it. I'll...
I conducted FMLA training this week for a client making fairly significant changes to the manner it administers FMLA leave. They not only are educating managers about their role and responsibilities under the FMLA, but empowering them to play a key role in reducing FMLA abuse. My client also is making one key change (among others) as part of their FMLA intake process: it’s requiring employees to make two calls whenever they want to...
A fast-food restaurant fired a recently hired employee after its manager learned she was pregnant. How do we know this was the manager's reason for the termination? Because he texted it to the employee (which she later posted on Facebook).    Hello, I'm sorry to inform you but it's not going to workout with Jersey Mikes. It's not a good time for us to have someone who is leaving for maternity leave in several months...
Like sands through the hourglass... ...so are the days of our work lives. ALL MY SENSITIVITIES You have an employee, Daisy, who is honest as the day is long, but very sensitive. You find out that she reported you to Human Resources because you told her (in a nice, appropriate way) that you liked the dress she was wearing. Daisy reportedly told HR that your comment made her feel uncomfortable. Now HR has you in the office and is grilling you...
A new lawsuit filed by the EEOC is a good guide for employers on what not to do.   The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a class action lawsuit in federal court in New York against a group of senior care and nursing home facilities. The lawsuit -- which alleges disability and pregnancy discrimination -- was filed on Monday, so the defendants have not had a chance to respond to the allegations. Regardless of...