The DOL Starts 2020 With a Bevy of Opinion Letters

Not sitting on its laurels, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has already issued three new opinion letters to begin the year.  Two deal with issues under the FLSA and a third addresses issues under the FMLA. Opinion letter number … Continue reading

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The Part-Time Worker Bill of Rights Is Introduced

United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Representative Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) announced they will introduce the Part-Time Worker Bill of Rights. If passed, it would: Require employers with more than 500 workers to offer available hours to qualified part-time employees … Continue reading

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Proposed New FMLA Forms Under Review

The U.S. Department of Labor (the “DOL”) is revising its optional-use notice forms under the Family Medical Leave Act (the “FMLA”).  The DOL has reported that the changes are being made to increase compliance with the FMLA, make the forms … Continue reading

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UPDATE: Does Your Employee Handbook Have a Lactation Accommodation Policy? (And Are You Abiding By It?)

Recently, a federal jury awarded a City of Tucson Fire Department paramedic $3.8 million after it found that the department violated the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”) when … Continue reading

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In-House Counsel Tool Kit: Employment Law Update

A common observation from in-house attorneys is that, unlike those in private practice, many lack the luxury of being able to focus on a specific area of law. Rather, they are often expected to understand and provide legal advice on … Continue reading

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The U.S. Department of Labor Issues Six New Wage and Hour Opinion Letters

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) issued six new opinion letters this week, covering employer compliance issues under both the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The opinion letters … Continue reading

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1 Reminder: Leave Can Be an ADA Reasonable Accommodation — Due in: Now

On February 1, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit alleging that Tennessee-based West Meade Place LLP violated the Americans with Disability Act (“ADA”) when it denied an employee’s requested leave as a reasonable accommodation for her anxiety … Continue reading

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FMLA Tax Credit Available For Some Employers Who Offer Paid Leave

Although the federal Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA) does not require employers to provide paid leave, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, signed late last year by President Trump, provides a tax credit incentive beginning this year for employers … Continue reading

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