On September 11, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued revised regulations under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) following a federal court’s decision that invalidated a handful of regulatory provisions interpreting the FFCRA. Although the DOL was widely expected to address the court decision through revised regulations and/or court action, these new
Jeff Nowak is a shareholder at Littler Mendelson P.C., the world’s largest employment and labor law practice representing management. Jeff represents employers in all areas of labor and employment law, but his passion is the FMLA -- he eats, drinks and sleeps all things FMLA!
Those crazy little rascals at the Department of Labor must be readers of this second-rate FMLA blog!
Last week, I published FAQs offering insight on how employers should administer leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) when an employee requests leave because a child’s school is closed or child care unavailable. As you…
As we head into the second half of August, many of our kids are heading back to school.
Or maybe they’re not.
Full day in-person classes? Or perhaps hybrid? Semi-hybrid? Remote? Home school? Dropping out?
The possibilities are endless.
With some version of school starting up in a neighborhood near you, employers will face challenges…
Earlier this week, a federal court in New York kicked to the curb four key provisions of the U.S. Department of Labor’s regulations implementing the paid leave provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, requiring employers covered by the Act to quickly decide how it will address these scenarios in the future.
Employers across America are requiring their employees to wear face coverings or masks while at work.
At the same time, employers across America are dealing with employees who have a million excuses why they can’t wear a face covering at work. Many of these excuses aren’t valid.
If an employee claims to have…
In the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Department of Labor hit the pause button on pandemic concerns and returned at least for a moment to the good old fashioned F-M-L-A.
This morning, the DOL issued new model notices and forms to be used by employers in the administration of the FMLA. The notices…
Sadly, too many of my telephone conversations with clients over the past few months have involved layoffs. Furloughs. Elimination of jobs.
Of course, we’ve also discussed the great unknown of when some of these employees will be brought back to work.
At times, questions have arisen over how a furlough might impact an employee who…
Today, my little FMLA blog turns 10 years old.
Ten years ago, at a time when very few people knew what the heck a “blog” was, including me, I took a chance that HR and leave of absence professionals and attorneys might need some help answering the difficult, yet common issues they faced when administering…
Are you working from home during the pandemic? Me, too.
Are you having trouble keeping your kids off Fortnite and Minecraft, and literally every other screen in your house? Me, too.
Do you still love your children? Me, too.
For the most part.
But with four young children at home, I am ready to return…
Are you an employer covered by the the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and do you use temp employees?
I’ve got something to share with you.
Over the past few weeks, I’ve been giving presentations to employers on the FFCRA [who hasn’t!?!] and have counseled them on their FFCRA obligations with respect…