At the Federal Level

With Congress still on its “spring break”, it has been relatively quiet from a legislative and regulatory perspective at the federal level, but we noted a few items we wanted to apprise our readers of. The Small Business Administration (SBA) is celebrating Small Business Week the week after next, April 30 – May 5 with…

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FMLA Liability Can Be Far-Reaching

Our friends at the law firm of Murtha Culina advise us of an important appellate level court decision rendered last week that should send shivers around the human resources department.  The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals rendered a decision last week that under certain readings of the Family Medical Leave Act, a company’s human resources…

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Family and Medical Leave Proposal Refiled

Federal legislation that would establish a paid family and medical leave program has been refiled in the both branches of Congress by Connecticut Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) respectively.  Current law provides workers with unpaid job-protected leave for covered serious health issues, but these proposals (H.R.1439 & S.786), would create…

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Dept of Labor Expands Definition of Spouse

Under the provisions of the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), since 1993, eligible employees have been allowed to take unpaid, job-protected leave for specified family and medical reasons including to care for a spouse dealing with a medical issue.  Spouse now includes those in same-sex marriages. The change ostensibly stems from the Defense of Marriage…

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