Handling FMLA in the Wake of Hurricane Irene

By Martha J. Cardi, Reed Group Chief Compliance Officer In the aftermath of natural disasters, employers may see a flood of requests for FMLA leave. While compassion may call for establishing policy on time off for post-disaster clean-up, curbing FMLA abuse while staying in compliance with leave laws is important for both employers and their … Continued

Cat’s Paw Strikes Employer’s Defenses in USERRA and FMLA Cases

by Martha J. Cardi, Reed Group Chief Compliance Officer The “cat’s paw” theory of employer liability in employment cases has made headlines following the recent U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Staub v. Proctor Hospital on March 1, 2011. Now, a federal court has also applied the cat’s paw theory to employees’ claims of employer interference … Continued