Employment Blog

Are Employers Required to Accommodate Pregnant Employees?
ADA, Family, Medical, 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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Returning From FMLA Leave: Do You Still Have a Job?
FMLA, Pregnancy Discrimination

The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA) guarantees that eligible employees will be provided leave to take care of a loved one with a serious medical condition. The FMLA also guarantees that upon return from FMLA Leave, the...

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You Can Use Family Medical Leave for Maternity Leave, If You Don’t Need a Paycheck
FMLA

If you’ll soon be a parent, you need to do a lot of planning to make sure your new son or daughter is well cared for. One thing you can’t plan on is paid maternity or paternity leave to help...

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Court Rejects Retaliation Claim of Fired Breastfeeding Employee
FMLA, Pregnancy Discrimination, Retaliation

We’ve previously discussed some of the challenges breastfeeding mothers face in the workplace. Our blog post titled “Breastfeeding Challenges for New Mothers Who Work Full-Time” examines laws and on-the-job difficulties employees encounter when breastfeeding or expressing milk. Currently, many breastfeeding...

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How the Pregnancy Discrimination Act and Family Medical Leave Act Provide Leave for Pregnant Employees
Family, Medical, and Other Leave Discrimination, FMLA, Pregnancy Discrimination

If you’re an employee who is pregnant or thinking about getting pregnant, you’ve probably wondered whether you’ll be able to take the necessary time off from work for the care and birth of your child. You might already know that...

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Grandparents’ Rights Under the FMLA
Caregiver Discrimination, FMLA

If you have grandchildren, you know that there’s never enough time or opportunities to see and spend time with them. A recent Washington Post column, “Grandparenting 101 for Baby Boomers,” makes it clear that today’s new grandparents are prepared to...

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California and Minnesota: Taking Care of Families
Family Responsibilities Discrimination, Family, Medical, and Other Leave Discrimination, FMLA

When it comes to protecting or helping caregivers, not all states are created equal. Federal laws, such as the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 and the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, create a minimum level of employee...

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What Qualifies As a “Serious Health Condition” Under the FMLA?
Advice, FMLA

Let’s say you are really sick. You believe that due to your illness, you need to take a leave of absence from work. You know that under the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA), you can take unpaid...

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This Week in Family Responsibilities Discrimination
Caregiver Discrimination, Family Responsibilities Discrimination, FMLA, Pregnancy Discrimination, Retaliation

In the news and on many people’s minds this week was the Supreme Court’s historic decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, holding that same-sex couples have a fundamental right to marry and striking down bans on same-sex marriage across the country....

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