Employment Blog

What Information Should My Employer Give Me About FMLA Leave?
FMLA

If you or a close family member is suffering from a serious health condition, you may want to ask for a leave from work under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). This law provides up to 12 weeks...

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Struggling With Infertility? The Law May Protect Your Rights at Work
ADA, FMLA, Pregnancy Discrimination

If you are trying to conceive but struggling with infertility, there are legal protections that can help you at work. At least three federal laws may come into play. Depending on the facts of the situation, not only should these...

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Bayer Executive Fired After Standing Up for Pregnant Employee
FMLA, Pregnancy Discrimination, Retaliation

You are a high-ranking executive in a major company. The company has honored you and promoted you to oversee some of its most profitable products and brands. You would think that if you witnessed illegal discrimination and called your colleagues...

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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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Will I Qualify for FMLA Leave If I Need an Artificial Hip?
FMLA

This is a guest post by Clay Hodges, a partner in the law firm of Harris, Sarratt & Hodges, LLP. Clay represents people harmed by defective artificial hips and other medical devices. His office is located in Raleigh, North Carolina. He frequently writes...

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Must My Employer Accommodate Me If a Family Member Is Disabled?
FMLA

Accommodating a disabled employee is part of federal law and laws in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. There are no requirements under these laws that a nondisabled family member be accommodated to help a loved one who is...

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What Are Liquidated Damages?
FMLA

If you’re the victim of discrimination, you may want any number of things to right the wrong that happened to you. However, it’s not up to you to decide what you can get. The types of damages available for a...

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Employee Fired in Violation of the FMLA Gets Bonus Damages
FMLA

If you’ve been the victim of an FMLA violation, you may know that you can sue your employer. But if you decide to sue, can you win? And if you can win, will the damage awards you could get be...

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Are Employers Required to Accommodate Pregnant Employees?
ADA, Family Medical Leave and Other Leave Discrimination, FMLA, Pregnancy Discrimination

Employers must reasonably accommodate pregnant employees under state and federal laws. What those accommodations should be will vary depending on the needs of the employee and employer. If a pregnant employee asks for help but that request is denied, she...

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