headache -- funny dogIn the cold, sadistic world that is the FMLA, the Department of Labor tells us that ordinary, run-of-the-mill headaches (a/k/a “non-migraine” headaches) are not covered by the FMLA.  Migraine headaches, on the other hand, are covered. When I try to explain the difference in FMLA training sessions for employers, they often look at me like

woman_pregnant_child_stomach_brother_sister.jpgEna Wages served as a property manager for one of several apartment complexes owned by Stuart Management Corp.  She began her employment on November 17, 2008, and this is significant under the FMLA because nearly one year later, on November 13, 2009, Ena’s physician restricted the number hours she could work as a result of

Kid saying NO.jpgI received a ton of feedback last week in response to my post about whether an employee can decline FMLA leave even though the absence qualifies under the Act. One question, in particular, was thrown at me repeatedly, and it went something like this:

In our workplace, when an employee doesn’t want to take

rapids flip over.jpgWhen an employer ignores the FMLA regulations as it ponders a termination decision, the consequences can be severe.

A water bottling company recently learned this the hard way.

Peter Lyle was a route driver for “O Premium Waters,” a company that provided bottled water.  In December 2009, Peter took FMLA leave, which was approved by