Ring in the New Year, and get back to work (or not)!

Break out those champagne glasses and confetti! Along with a fresh start to the year, January brings with it new leave laws: Massachusetts Sick and Safe Leave Safe Harbor Expires: When Massachusetts’ paid sick and safe leave law went into effect on July 1, 2015, it contained some special transition year provisions, including a “safe … Continued

Holiday FMLA! And the Survey Says….

We had a great response to the holiday FMLA blog post. Apparently, we have some very creative readers! Thanks for reading and for participating. Here are the top three responses, as well as our recommendation: North Pole, Inc. prevails and Santa is forced to accept a downgraded job in the toyshop. However, NPI board members … Continued

Holiday FMLA…Let’s Play

Rudolph has been suffering from depression related to teasing by all the other reindeer (who laugh and call him names). On December 24th he files FMLA paperwork, along with a completed Certificate of Health Care Provider Form, which states that he will be unable to return to work for six weeks. Will Rudolph’s FMLA leave … Continued

It’s a Happy Holiday for New Brunswick, New Jersey Employees!

Finishing off 2015 with a bang, New Brunswick, New Jersey joins 10 other New Jersey cities in passing a paid sick leave law since 2013. The new law, identical in many ways to its New Jersey brethren, has distinguished itself by being more nuanced, and perhaps more cautious in its approach. Some of the limitations … Continued

FMLA Leave? Not a Matter of Choice

In March of 2014 we wrote about a court decision in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals* that created confusion around FMLA leave administration by allowing an employee the choice to decline FMLA leave for a qualifying FMLA leave event. (Escriba v. Foster Poultry Farms, Inc. (Ninth Cir., Feb. 25, 2014). Because the FMLA regulations … Continued

Customer Success Story: Reed Group and ExpressJet: Partners for Streamlined Absence Management

Streamlined Absence Management The History. ExpressJet has grown to become the largest regional air carrier in the world, with a fleet of over 380 aircraft, serving 193 airports in 40 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, Canada, the Bahamas and Mexico. ExpressJet employs 8,600 employees providing airline customers with over 1,800 daily scheduled departures. Delivering … Continued

Illinois Augments its Pregnancy Accommodation Process

On January 1, 2015, the amendments to the Illinois Human Rights Act became effective, adding protections for pregnancy, including a requirement that employers provide reasonable accommodations, including leave, for pregnancy and childbirth (known as the Illinois Pregnancy Accommodation Law). On November 20, 2015, the Illinois Department of Human Rights issued regulations which – for the … Continued

Calling All ADA Superstars…and the Answers Are

1.  We have a “no pets” policy at my workplace. This means we are exempt from hiring or accommodating disabled persons who use service animals. False. There are circumstances where an employer may not accommodate a service animal in the workplace, such as hospital operating rooms or burn units, but a general “no pets” policy … Continued