Tag Archives: Department of Labor

DOL Will Again Issue Opinion Letters on FMLA, FLSA, and Other Sticky Employment Law Scenarios

The U.S. Department of Labor announced today that it will again issue opinion letters to assist employers and employees in interpreting laws like the FMLA and Fair Labor Standards Act.  The DOL has even established a new webpage to submit requests for opinion letters and to review old opinion letters. Sweet Baby Jesus!  I’m like a … Continue Reading

New DOL FMLA Branch Chief: Expect Even More On-Site FMLA Investigations and Focus on Systemic FMLA Compliance Issues

This past December, the Department of Labor quietly turned its FMLA enforcement over to a new leader. After the retirement of FMLA Branch Chief Diane Dawson, who led the DOL’s FMLA enforcement for several years, the DOL turned to longtime DOL FMLA policy guru Helen Applewhaite to head up the agency’s FMLA efforts.  (DOL doesn’t … Continue Reading

DOL Issues Guidance on "Caring for an Adult Child" Under the FMLA

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Labor issued an Administrator’s Interpretation (AI) to clarify the factors an employer must consider when an employee requests leave to care for an adult child.   As we know, an otherwise eligible employee is entitled to FMLA leave to care for a child with a serious health condition. Under the … Continue Reading

It's a Fact: Employers Often Can Designate FMLA Leave in Longer Increments Than the Actual Leave Taken

In a recent post, I discussed an employer’s obligation to designate leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act even though the employee did not want it to be classified as FMLA leave.  The post generated considerable feedback and some follow-up questions.  I wanted to highlight one of those questions.  One of our blog followers (see right hand … Continue Reading

Want Some Insight into the EEOC's priorities in the Area of ADA and Leaves of Absence? Follow EEOC Commissioner Chai Feldblum on Twitter

With 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 breaking news on Facebook and 20 percent on Twitter. Clearly, … Continue Reading

The DOL's Holiday Gift for the Plaintiff's Bar

  Shortly before the Thanksgiving holiday, the Obama administration’s “Middle Class Task Force” announced a new program in which the U.S. Department of Labor will partner with the American Bar Association to refer complaints under the FMLA and federal wage and hour laws to private plaintiffs’ attorneys. Here is an excerpt from the ABA’s press … Continue Reading

An Employee Has Requested FMLA Leave. Now What Do I Do? - Podcast No. 14

“Notice of Eligibility?  Designation Notice?  Medical certification form?  I give up!” We often hear from clients that they have a tough time properly responding to an employee’s request for leave that might be covered by the FMLA.  Clearly, under the new FMLA regulations, employers must be able to master this response.     After listening to … Continue Reading
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