Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

What Employers Can Expect In the First Days of the Trump Administration

There are many pieces of legislation or policy matters affecting the employee experience that are likely to be in flux during the first part of Mr. Trump’s presidency. At stake are the following five key topics: Changes to the Obama…

How President Trump Is Likely to Impact HR

As we prepare for Donald Trump to enter office on January 20, what changes might his administration bring? Will he honor the former administration’s bold moves around EEO reporting, contractor rules, minimum wage, FLSA, and equal pay laws? Or will…

Visas, Leave and the ACA: How Trump and Clinton Compare

As you weigh the pros and cons of each presidential candidate against your own personal beliefs and values, don’t forget to consider how each nominee could impact your role in HR and how your department operates. Here’s some guidance on…

Is Your Parental Leave Policy Sending the Wrong (Maybe Illegal) Message?

On average, organizations gave mothers 41 paid days of maternity leave, compared with 22 paid days of paternity leave for fathers. That statistic comes from 2016 Paid Leave in the Workplace, a survey recently conducted by the Society for Human Resource…

Elder Caregiving: The Invisible Workforce Epidemic

An invisible epidemic is impeding employee productivity at businesses of all sizes and in every industry. That epidemic: the time-consuming and stress-inducing challenges employees face as modern caregivers. As noted in a recent Wall Street Journal article on paid leave,…

What Does the ADA Require For a Mental Health Episode At Work?

My skin crawls thinking about the Google search terms that will land some HR professionals on this post, which involves a failed suicide attempt. Hopefully, this is not a practice tip upon which you’ll need to draw in the course of…

4 Pro-Employee Trends That Are Picking Up Steam

Declaring that “The pro-employee tide is rising,” a report out this morning identifies four developments in regulations and compliance that if they don’t yet affect your workforce, they soon may. New overtime regs, the push for a $15 minimum wage,…

A Quick Guide to Leaves As “Reasonable Accommodation”

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently issued the “Employer-Provided Leave and the Americans with Disabilities Act” guidance to help employers know when leaves of absences are considered reasonable accommodations for disabled employees. The EEOC advises employers to consider leaves of…

Under the ADA, Working Overtime Can be Considered an Essential Job Function

By Eric B. Meyer Back in 2012, when I wasn’t part of this new protected class, I wrote here about whether an employer would violate the Americans with Disabilities Act by requiring an employee to work overtime. The takeaway from that post…

HR as Employer? Yes, HR Directors Can Be Sued For FMLA Violations, Too

By Eric B. Meyer Guess what, you guys? HR Directors can be sued for FMLA violations too. “I didn’t sign up for this!” — Most of you. Yes, the HR Director may be an “employer” too. Hey! Don’t shoot the messenger. Instead,…