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Absence Management Academy: A deep dive on FMLA

The FMLA federal law provides up to 12 or 26 weeks of unpaid leave during a 12-month period, return to the same or equivalent position with health benefits intact for an employee. What are the employers’ responsibilities?

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Tennessee Passes Act Requiring Accommodations for Pregnant Employees and Job Applicants

Tennessee employers with 15 or more employees must provide reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees who have medical needs arising from pregnancy or childbirth, unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship. Governor Lee signed the supporting legislation, the Tennessee Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, on June 22, 2020, joining more than twenty-five other states requiring … Continued

EEOC strikes again! $4.85 million consent decree punishing inflexible leave policies in violation of ADA

Marti Cardi, J.D., Chief Compliance Officer Megan G. Holstein, J.D., Senior Counsel On November 8, 2012, the EEOC achieved yet another multi-million dollar settlement in a lawsuit alleging systematic disability discrimination, specifically targeting an employer’s inflexible leave policy.  Specifically, the employer’s policies required two things: first, any employee who took a leave of absence for … Continued