Reasonable Accommodations Available to NY Domestic Violence Victims Starting November 18, 2019

Victims of domestic violence gained additional employment protections under a new law recently signed by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. Effective November 18, 2019, NY Senate Bill 1040 offers reasonable accommodations to victims when needing time off of work as well as protection from discrimination. Covered Victims of Domestic Violence A “victim of domestic violence” … Continued

Department of Labor Wants Your Feedback on Proposed FMLA Form Revisions

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Labor (Department) announced they are seeking public feedback on proposed revised versions of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) forms that the Department’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) makes available for use in leave administration. The WHD has proposed revisions to all five FMLA certification forms, as … Continued

6 Tips for Minimizing FMLA Abuse

A significant challenge in managing leaves of absence under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is controlling employee abuse or misuse of leave rights. To be clear, eligible employees are entitled to receive the time off and job protections afforded by the FMLA without interference or retaliation by their employer. However, when potentially suspicious … Continued

Compliance Continues to be a Challenge for Employers. Outsourcing Offers Peace of Mind.

Constantly changing leave laws make staying compliant increasingly complex and overwhelming for organizations. It not only poses a huge burden on time and resources, compliance mistakes can cost organizations thousands of dollars. If you’re feeling like it’s hard to keep up with compliance, you’re certainly not alone.  A 2016 DMEC Leave Management Survey found that … Continued

How to Calculate FMLA During the Holidays

Are you up to speed on how to calculate Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) entitlement during the holiday season? FMLA usage and holiday pay are determined based on several factors, including: U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) FMLA regulations and provisions; your employer’s policies; whether your company is open for business on holidays; and whether … Continued

The Department of Labor Voices its Opinion (Letters)!

The Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the Department of Labor (DOL) made news Tuesday when it issued two new Opinion Letters addressing sticky Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) issues that can vex employers: Organ Donation and the FMLA: In Opinion Letter FMLA2018-2-A, the employer sought information on whether organ donation surgery can qualify … Continued