Tag Archives: DMEC

These Three Key FMLA and ADA Resources Will Help You Conquer the World

If you have any interest in vastly improving your FMLA and ADA mojo, here are three can’t miss resources you need to make part of your professional reading and education each spring: 1.  Review the ABA’s Report of 2016 FMLA Cases.  Every February, the American Bar Association’s Federal Labor Standards Legislation Committee publishes a comprehensive report … Continue Reading

Does Paid Leave Become Reality in a Trump Administration? And Who is His Likely Choice to Head the Department of Labor?

Every other employment attorney has been offering their opinion on how the election of Donald Trump will impact employment law. So, I’d feel left out of this riveting discussion if I didn’t offer my two cents about how a Trump presidency might impact by far the most exciting area of employment law — employee medical … Continue Reading

DOL and EEOC Explain How They Will Approach FMLA and Reasonable Accommodation Enforcement

This week, I had the pleasure of presenting with Department of Labor and EEOC officials on key developments out of Washington with respect to leave management and accommodations.  Our presentation was part of the annual conference of the Disability Management Employer Coalition. If you’re an employer and not a member of DMEC, you’re doing yourself a disservice.  Find out more … Continue Reading

EEOC Commissioner Offers Helpful Guidance to Employers on Providing Accommodations to Pregnant Employees

Last week, I had the pleasure of presenting with EEOC Commissioner Victoria Lipnic on the EEOC’s pregnancy discrimination guidance and how employers should address pregnancy accommodations in the workplace.  Our presentation was part of an outstanding FMLA/ADA compliance conference hosted by the Disability Management Employer Coalition. You can access Bloomberg BNA’s coverage of our presentation here (pdf). From … Continue Reading

Want to Drastically Improve Your FMLA and ADA Expertise? My Recommendations on the Top FMLA/ADA Conferences to Attend

Throughout the year, HR professionals and attorneys ask for my recommendations on the very best conferences to learn more about the FMLA and ADA.  The “best,” of course, is in the eye of the beholder.  In my humble opinion, however, the conferences highlighted below are can’t miss seminars if you want to expand your knowledge … 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 Publishes PowerPoint Presentation to Help Train Employees about FMLA

This week, I had the privilege of presenting on the “Nuts and Bolts” of the FMLA with Department of Labor Branch Chief for FMLA, Diane Dawson.  Our presentation was part of an FMLA/ADAAA compliance conference hosted by the Disability Management Employers’ Coalition (DMEC).  [My unsolicited opinion: DMEC is a fabulous non-profit organization devoted to integrated disability and absence … Continue Reading

Requiring Employees to Return to Work With No Restrictions or To Be "100% Healed" is a Huge Risk for Employers

There must be something in the water.  Over the past few months alone, I have reviewed a number of employers’ policies and correspondence regarding an employee’s return to work from a leave of absence.  What has been surprising to me is the number of employer policies that require an employee to return from leave with “no … Continue Reading
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