February 27, 2017

Eighty Percent of Life is Showing Up

“Eighty percent of life is showing up.” Woody Allen is credited for that expression, as well as a number of variations of the adage which are also attributed to him including “Eighty percent of success is showing up.” The courts have stayed busy determining whether or not employees are qualified when they cannot show up.  When employees either exhaust Family Medical Leave or the employer is not large enough to provide FMLA, disabilities may exist requiring the employer to consider accommodations including unpaid leave under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). To be qualified under the ADA, an individual must […]
April 1, 2008

Revise Your FMLA Policy (In Pencil)

President Bush amended the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) this past January to permit a family member to be a caregiver for a covered service member, extending the absence to 26 weeks in a twelve month period. In addition, as soon as the Secretary of Labor defines “any qualifying exigency” Family Medical Leave may be taken when a family member is called to active duty. FMLA, enacted in 1993, is a relatively new law compared to most Department of Labor (DOL) laws. Basically, the law allows employees who have worked a minimum of 1,250 hours and the previous twelve months […]