Tag Archives: bonding leave

Drafting a Parental Leave Policy? Learn from the Estée Lauder Story or You'll Risk Smelling Stinky

Parental leave policies are on the rise. Maternity. Paternity. Caregiver. You name it. I am drafting more of these policies than ever before. So, you can imagine my interest when, last year, the EEOC sued skin care/fragrance behemoth Estée Lauder, claiming that its parental leave policies discriminated against men. According to the EEOC at the … Continue Reading

When an Employer Provides More Parental Leave to Mom than Dad, is this Gender Discrimination?

I received a ton of feedback on last week’s blog post, which discussed Yahoo’s new parental leave policy and its FMLA implications.  Much of the feedback related to Yahoo’s decision to provide 16 weeks of paid maternity leave to female employees and 8 weeks of paid paternity leave to male employees.  Some wondered whether such a … Continue Reading

Yahoo's Sweetened Parental Leave Policy Raises Practical FMLA Certification Issues for Moms and Dads in the Workplace

It seems that what Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer taketh, she giveth back.  Or something like that.   As you will recall, Mayer made waves several months back when she banned all Yahoo employees from working from home, a rather controversial move seen by some as unfriendly to working parents. Now, in an interesting twist, Yahoo … Continue Reading

Dads Need Lovin' Too! Father Can Proceed with FMLA Retaliation Claim in "Macho Culture" Lawsuit

Dads need lovin’ too.  So says a federal court judge, who has allowed a father to proceed on his FMLA retaliation claim after the employee alleged that his employer’s “macho man” culture was a culprit in his ouster.  As I detailed in a previous blog post, Ariel Ayanna was an attorney at a Boston-based law … Continue Reading

Happy Father's Day: Dad Claims He Was Terminated After Taking FMLA Leave for Bonding with Newborn Child

As a father of three, I tend to take interest in “feel good” stories about working parents.  However, in a recent ABA Journal article, an article about a working dad caught my attention for a far different reason.  The article highlighted Ariel Ayanna, who recently filed suit against his employer claiming he was terminated after taking FMLA … Continue Reading

Where FMLA Bonding Leave is at Issue, Unmarried Parents Have More Generous Leave Rights

The folks at the California Public Agency Labor and Employment blog yesterday raised an issue that has popped up from time to time with our own clients: When it comes to “baby bonding” leave, does the Family and Medical Leave Act provide more generous benefits for unmarried parents than it does for married parents?  In … Continue Reading
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