A Franczek Radelet-operated blog, FMLA Insights was designed to be a place for human resource professionals, employers, and lawyers to gain perspective on the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Authored by Jeff Nowak and Bill Pokorny, the blog discusses a variety of cases and topics pertaining to the FMLA, including estoppel scenarios, liability, and various regulations. A particularly interesting facet of this blog is the regular podcasts Bill and Jeff create, where they talk about especially interesting FMLA and employment law subjects.
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Employees should think twice before setting off on a Cancun vacation while out on FMLA leave. In an FMLA decision that smacks of pure common sense, a federal court has upheld an employer's reasonable work rules that restricted an employee's travel outside the immediate vicinity...
Earlier this week, the folks at the Texas Employment Law Update highlighted a case before the U.S. Supreme Court in which the high court will consider whether law enforcement's placement of a GPS devise on a suspect's vehicle without a warrant constitutes an unlawful search in violation...
Posted by Jeff NowakThat pesky State of Maryland! (Not that I hold grudges all these years after your Maryland Terapins beat my Indiana Hoosiers for the 2002 NCAA basketball championship!) With a little assistance from the U.S. Supreme Court, the State of Maryland avoided potential FMLA...
Illinois Civil Union Partners Soon May Enjoy Greater Leave Rights Than Married Couples Under a Newly Proposed Illinois Family Medical Leave Act
Posted by Jeff NowakIllinois currently has no equivalent of the federal Family and Medical Leave Act. Soon, it may. And unlike the FMLA, the proposed Illinois leave law would allow civil union partners the same leave entitlements currently enjoyed by married couples. Notably,...
FMLA FAQ: Does an Employer Violate the FMLA When an Employee Answers E-Mail or Telephone Calls While on Leave?
Posted by Jeff NowakQ: An employee who recently returned from FMLA leave claims that a portion of his leave of absence should not count against his FMLA entitlement because he responded to a number of work-related e-mails and telephone calls while he was out. Can we...
Want Some Insight into the EEOC's priorities in the Area of ADA and Leaves of Absence? Follow EEOC Commissioner Chai Feldblum on Twitter
Posted by Jeff NowakWith the growth of blogs and other social networking like Linkedin and Twitter, news comes at us fast and furious these days. In a recent blog post, LexBlog CEO and legal marketing guru Kevin O'Keefe cited a recent survey finding that 55 percent of people hear about...
Posted by Jeff Nowak Each year, the American Bar Association's Federal Labor Standards Legislation Committee publishes a comprehensive report of significant FMLA decisions handed down by the federal courts in the previous year. 2011 proved to be an active year for cases involving the...
Stephen Colbert Takes FMLA Leave to Care for Mom; Will His "Key Employee" Status under the FMLA Deny His Return to "The Colbert Report"?
Posted by Jeff NowakAccording to Forbes and other news sources, Stephen Colbert has taken a leave of absence from his late-night comedy show, "The Colbert Report," to attend to his ailing 91 year-old mother. Only a true FMLA nerd would use this as an opportunity to explain a little-used, often...
Proposed FMLA Regulations on Military Family Leave and Flight Crew Eligibility Published in Federal Register; We Need Your Feedback
Posted by Jeff NowakLate last month, I reported that the Department of Labor had announced proposed changes to the Family and Medical Leave Act regulations with respect to Military Family Leave, Flight Crew FMLA Eligibility and the manner in which employers calculate increments...
Posted by Jeff NowakAs I reported last month, the Department of Labor has been working with the Office of Management and Budget to extend the life of its model FMLA forms, which expired on December 31, 2011. If you checked the DOL website today, you would find that the Department now has...