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Losing an Election May Entitle Officials to Former Jobs

Posted in Laws and Regulations, Legislative Developments

Since we just an election last week, I thought it would be fun to revisit one of my earliest blog posts from back in November 2007 (!). Let me pose a scenario first. Suppose you work for a mid-size employer in the state and decide to run for a local or state office. Perhaps against… Continue Reading

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: The Fallout From Allowing Excessive Absences

Posted in Discrimination & Harassment, Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Litigation

Today my colleague Chris Engler returns with a post that tackles a recent case that explores what should happen when an employee has exhausted her FMLA leave.  Case closed? Well, not exactly, as Chris explains.   Most readers have heard the admonition that “No good deed goes unpunished.”  (Readers might be less aware that the… Continue Reading

Connecticut’s “Reasonable Leave of Absence” for Disability Resulting from Pregnancy

Posted in Discrimination & Harassment, Highlight, Laws and Regulations, Uncategorized

Last week, Attorney Robin Shea of Employment & Labor Insider proposed 10 rules of etiquette that “will save you from a pregnancy discrimination suit”.  Rule No. 1? Pregnancy is always good news.  Always. Always. Always. If you haven’t read it, I’ll wait. There are lots of rules regarding pregnancy that may come into play including FMLA,… Continue Reading

The Basics: Bereavement Leave in Connecticut

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance

During the summer last year, I started a weekly series of posts about various "basics" of employment law, with a particular focus on Connecticut. I had planned to start it again this week on a different topic, but in driving into work this morning after a meeting, I was struck by what I saw and… Continue Reading

FMLA Getting Tweaked Today Under New Bill Creating A New Challenge for Conn. Employers

Posted in Laws and Regulations, Legislative Developments

Earlier this afternoon, President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act of 2010.  By doing so, he approved of several changes to the FMLA .  But before you rip up your existing FMLA policies, the provisions relate to the military-related leaves under the Act.  (H/T Ohio Employer’s Law Blog)  The changes as a whole expand the… Continue Reading

Legislative Updates: CT FMLA Revisions Approved by Both Chambers; Bill Will Be Effective Upon Signing

Posted in Legislative Developments

Late last week, the Connecticut House approved Senate Bill 710 (S.B. 710) which makes some important changes to the state FMLA law to bring it more in line with the federal family and medical leave act rules as they relate to military caregiver leaves of absences.   I’ve covered the bill in a post earlier this month… Continue Reading

Conn. Senate Passes Revisions to State FMLA; Would Extend Protections for Servicemembers and Families

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Legislative Developments

Late last week, the Connecticut Senate approved a measure that would permit an employee to take up to 26 weeks of unpaid leave from work to care for family members who may have been injured in the line of military duty.  The bill (Senate Bill 710) is now on the House’s calendar for a vote… Continue Reading

New FMLA Regulations – What Employers Need to Know – Part I

Posted in Laws and Regulations

As I reported on Friday, the U.S. Department of Labor has released final regulations implementing the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).  The regulations (which you can dowload here) become effective on January 16, 2009.  At 750 pages, you need a book just to summarize the changes (and I’m sure one of the legal book publishers… Continue Reading

Military Leave FMLA May be a Reality Soon

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Laws and Regulations, Legislative Developments

As I predicted last month, Congress will quickly take up the bill regarding defense spending (which also includes a provision for protected leave for military families) this week, when it opens its 2008 session.  The New York Times is reporting this morning that a resolution of the issues which resulted in the President’s pocket veto of the… Continue Reading

FMLA Leave Expanded to Military Families as Part of Funding Bill; Signing Possible Soon

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Laws and Regulations

On Friday, Congress passed the first significant amendments to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) in over a decade.  The Bill still needs to be signed by President Bush in order for it to become effective.  The new bill, which has yet to be signed by President Bush, creates an additional category for the… Continue Reading

When FMLA Leave Expires, Court Allows Employer to Fill Position

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Litigation

Suppose an employee takes maternity leave from a position. Due to health complications, that leave is extended multiple times (past the 12 or 16 weeks required under FMLA or CT FMLA).  The employee remains an employee pursuant to a short-term disability plan. When the employee is ultimately medically cleared to work, does the employer need… Continue Reading

Are Elected Officials Entitled to Their Old Jobs Back When Their Terms End?

Posted in Laws and Regulations

A few weeks ago, I pointed out an old employment law prohibiting minors from operating elevators was still on the books.  The Connecticut Law Tribune picked up on the story with a reference to the blog (though its hidden behind a paid registration page so you’ll have to take my word on it).  So are… Continue Reading