Employment Blog

Better Treatments from Bosses Means Better Opportunities for Working Mothers
Family Medical Leave and Other Leave Discrimination

Despite the rights granted by the Family Medical Act and the Equal Pay Act, there is so much more companies can do to make it better for working mothers. The Family Leave Act allows employees to take 12 weeks of...

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Can My Employer Ask Me to Work While I’m on FMLA Leave?
Family Medical Leave and Other Leave Discrimination

If you are out on leave under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) because of your own or a family member’s health issues, you and your employer can have some contact. It’s generally acceptable if your employer reaches...

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When Can My Employer Ask Me for Medical Information or a Doctor’s Note?
Family Medical Leave and Other Leave Discrimination

A smart employer will ask you for medical information or a doctor’s note only when absolutely necessary. It’s not in the employer’s interest to know a lot of medical information about its workers. That knowledge could potentially be used against...

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How Does the FMLA Define Caring for Family Members?
Family Medical Leave and Other Leave Discrimination

The federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) allows a covered employee to take up to 12 weeks of leave to provide care for an immediate family member with a serious health condition. There’s no limitation in the statute as...

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My Employer Thinks I Lied to Take FMLA Leave. Can I Be Disciplined Without Proof of Fraud?
Family Medical Leave and Other Leave Discrimination

Most judges are very busy people. They have high caseloads involving many serious problems. Given their time constraints, judges often give employers the benefit of the doubt when it comes to how they handle their employees. Judges don’t want to...

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Possible FMLA Violation When Employer Discloses Employee’s Medical Condition
Family Medical Leave and Other Leave Discrimination

Few of us are fortunate enough to have perfect health. Many of us will suffer from an illness or injury so severe that we are required to take a leave of absence from work. Luckily, the Family and Medical Leave...

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Do My Co-Workers Need to Be Nice to Me After a Medical Leave?
Family Medical Leave and Other Leave Discrimination, FMLA

Your boss and fellow employees cannot treat you so poorly that it would change the terms and conditions of your employment or that it would result in a reasonable employee quitting his or her job. However, they are under no...

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Is Retaliation for Taking a Medical Leave Illegal?
Family Medical Leave and Other Leave Discrimination, FMLA, Retaliation

Wal-Mart is the home of everyday low prices. For some employees, it is also the home of illegal employment practices. One Wal-Mart assistant manager found out the hard way that taking medical leave meant getting fired. A New Jersey jury...

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EEOC Issues Guidance Regarding Medical Leave as an Accommodation to a Disability
Family Medical Leave and Other Leave Discrimination

If you have a disability and need time off or a reduced schedule, you may be entitled to a medical leave under federal and/or state laws. Unpaid medical leave is often associated with the federal Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)...

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