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Pregnancy Leave

Family Medical Leave Act Forms Extended through 2021 – Are They Ready to Use?

By | FMLA, Pregnancy Leave, Recordkeeping, Sick Leave

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has announced that its Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) certification forms and notices are valid for three more years, until Aug. 31, 2021. (The DOL must submit its FMLA forms to the Office of Management and Budget for approval every three years to ensure the FMLA certification and notice process isn’t too bureaucratic.) In late August 2018, seven forms were certified. The DOL didn’t make any substantive changes to the forms,…

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SHRM Weighs in on Employee Handbook Issues

By | Best Practices, Harassment and Discrimination, Policies and Procedures, Pregnancy Leave, Risk Management & Safety

Two prominent human resources lawyers, the senior legal editor for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and a legal expert for HR information website ExpertHR, have jointly published an opinion asserting that “cookie-cutter” employee handbooks are no longer practical for many employers, especially those operating in multiple states. As the basis for their recommendation, they cite the trend toward federal deregulation and the volume of both state and local legislative actions. As detailed in the…

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Family Leave Rules Are a Potential Landmine for Employers

By | FMLA, Pregnancy Leave, Sick Leave

Even with record numbers of employers winning Family Medical Leave Act lawsuits, family-leave related issues remain complex and treacherous for most firms to navigate. The fact that Georgia has no state equivalent of the federal FMLA, and that firms of fewer than 50 are not subject to its requirements, doesn’t make compliance any easier. From pregnancies to off-the-job injuries, situations that temporarily remove a worker from his place of employment must be treated with care….

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Pregnancy Leave Laws—What You Need to Know

By | Employment Law, Pregnancy Leave

With the new Trump administration comes updated plans and approaches, and one issue currently up in the air is pregnancy leave. A few proposals under consideration could potentially impact small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs). Following is a rundown of the current situation. As many business owners recognize, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) requires organizations with 50 or more employees within 75 miles to provide 12 weeks per year of unpaid job protection for…

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