Tag Archives: FMLA

Expanded Paid Family Leave Benefits Coming to California Employees

Under the Family Medical Leave Act, eligible employees are entitled to take time off for due to a “qualifying exigency” arising from the deployment of the employee’s spouse, parent, or child for active military duty to a foreign country. Examples of “qualifying exigencies” include attendance at military events, making childcare arrangements arising from a military … Continue Reading

New California Family Rights Act Regulations Become Effective July 1

Amendments to the California Family Rights Act (“CFRA”) regulations, going into effect on July 1, 2015, are meant to clarify a number of uncertainties, align the CFRA regulations more closely with the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) regulations (where the laws are consistent), and ensure employers and employees have a clear understanding of … Continue Reading

Employee’s Violation of Company Policy Justified Firing While on Leave, California High Court Holds

An employer did not violate California’s Family Rights Act (“CFRA”) by terminating an employee who engaged in outside employment while out on CFRA medical leave, conduct prohibited by the employer’s policy, the California Supreme Court has ruled. Richey v. AutoNation Inc., No. S207536 (Cal. Jan. 29, 2015). The Court said the plaintiff had “no greater … Continue Reading

It’s Time to Consider Updating Your Pregnancy Disability Leave Policies

Last month, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) issued new Enforcement Guidance (“Guidance”) on pregnancy discrimination in the workplace and related issues.  In its first update in over thirty (30) years, the Commission clarified how Title VII and the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) interact to protect pregnant employees.  If you are an employer in … Continue Reading

Fitness-for-Duty Exam Permitted under Federal FMLA after Employee Restored to Job, California Court Rules

An employer did not violate the federal Family and Medical Leave Act by requiring an employee to undergo a fitness-for-duty evaluation after it had restored her to her position following a medical leave of absence for psychological issues, the California Court of Appeal has ruled. White v. County of Los Angeles, No. B243471 (Cal. Ct. … Continue Reading

California Court of Appeal Rejects Honest Belief Defense Involving CFRA Claims

On November 13, 2012, the California Court of Appeal expressly rejected the viability of the “honest belief” defense in Richey v. Autonation, Inc.  In Richey, an employer terminated an employee who was on California Family Rights Act (“CFRA”) leave because, during that leave, the employee was allegedly working at a restaurant he owned.  Shortly thereafter, … Continue Reading

The Ninth Circuit Rules Employers Have the Burden of Proof for Denying Reinstatement after FMLA Leave

The Ninth Circuit rules that an employer has the burden of proving it had a legitimate reason for not reinstating an employee to her former position after taking a leave pursuant to the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”). The Court also found that the employee need not demonstrate her employer lacked a reasonable … Continue Reading
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