Seyfarth Synopsis: Effective November 1, 2023, the Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) law will allow employees to supplement (i.e. “top off”) benefits received from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts with any available accrued paid leave (e.g., sick time, vacation, PTO, personal time, etc.).Continue Reading Important Change to Massachusetts PFML Law: Employees May Supplement (Top Off) PFML Benefits with Vacation, PTO, and Sick Time
Seyfarth Synopsis: Hospitals spend copious amounts of time developing hiring systems to ensure that the most-qualified applicants are selected for jobs in the healthcare field. The lives of millions of Americans depend on a hospital’s ability to provide access to knowledgeable healthcare providers, which ensures excellence in patient care. EEOC v. Methodist…Continue Reading Hospital’s Most-Qualified Applicant Policy Hangs in the Balance in Wake of EEOC Appeal of ADA Mandatory Reassignment Claim, Fifth Circuit Says
Seyfarth synopsis: Husband and Wife worked for the same employer, and both took FMLA leave for periodic flare-ups of their respective serious health conditions. The outside FMLA administrator notified the employer that Husband and Wife had frequently taken overlapping periods of FMLA leave. Under the employer’s FMLA policy, providing false or misleading…Continue Reading In Sickness And In Health: Seventh Circuit Clarifies Evidentiary Standard Required To Discipline Employees For Abusing FMLA Leave
Seyfarth Synopsis: In a recent ruling, Roberts v. Gestamp (Decided August 15, 2022), the Fourth Circuit reversed, in part, the lower court’s decision to grant the Company’s motion for summary judgment on the grounds that the employee did not follow the Company’s “usual and customary” absence notice procedures as required by the Family …
Continue Reading How A Facebook Messenger Chat Can Become a “Usual and Customary” FMLA Notice Procedure For a Company
Seyfarth Synopsis: The WHO and the CDC issued statements and FAQs on the monkeypox disease, declaring the disease a “Public Health Emergency of International Concern.”
Seyfarth Synopsis: Illinois recently amended its Child Bereavement Leave Act to expand the reasons for leave, including miscarriage and stillbirth, and adds additional covered family members. The law will now be called the “Family Bereavement Leave Act” and goes into effect on January 1, 2023.
Seyfarth Synopsis: The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals recently provided several reminders to employers regarding their obligations under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), in vacating summary judgment for the employer in Ramji v. Hospital Housekeeping Systems, Inc., Case No. 19-13461 (11th Cir. April 6, 2021).
First, an employer cannot get…
Continue Reading 11th Circuit to Employers: Heed Your FMLA Obligations
Seyfarth Synopsis: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently became the seventh federal appellate court to hold that the standard for “willful” violations under the Family and Medical Leave Act is whether the employer knows or shows reckless disregard for whether its conduct violates the FMLA.
Seyfarth Synopsis: On August 18, 2020, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit affirmed summary judgment on a plaintiff’s associational disability discrimination and retaliation claims, finding the plaintiff failed to support his allegations with sufficient evidence. The decision prevents plaintiffs with associational discrimination claims from relying on unsupported allegations of …
Continue Reading 7th Circuit Focuses On Evidence To Avoid Distraction In Associational Discrimination Case
Seyfarth Synopsis: The First Circuit recently sided with an employer in a disability discrimination suit in Trahan v. Wayfair Maine, Inc., Civil Action 19-1961.
The former employee plaintiff claimed that her employer discriminated against her when it terminated her employment and failed to honor her accommodation request after the employer…
Continue Reading Too Little, Too Late: The First Circuit Finds For Employers in an Accommodation Request Made After The Termination Decision