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Family Medical Leave Act Archives

Drug company accused of sex bias in class action suit

In our last post we discussed how sometimes workplace policies might not be outwardly discriminatory but can still have a negative impact on a particular group of employees. These types of policies may be hard to identify at first glance, but they are one of the ways in which gender discrimination remains so prevalent in workplaces in Pennsylvania and around the country.

Should all employers be required to provide sick leave?

Many Pennsylvania readers are familiar with the idea of maternity leave. Maternity leave as we know it today is actually guaranteed to workers in Pennsylvania as a part of a larger federal law called the Family Medical Leave Act. Under the FMLA, workers can take unpaid leave for up to 12 weeks each year to care for a new baby, a sick spouse, or an ailing parent. This law protects workers from being fired or retaliated against for taking the leave, which is an important part of protecting workers from pregnancy discrimination.

FMLA turns 20 with room for improvement

The Family Medical Leave Act turned 20 years old this week, marking two decades of protection for employees who need to take medical leave. Before the FMLA became law it was much easier for employers to fire workers who needed time off to care for a loved one who was sick or to attend to a new baby. The law has benefited countless workers in Pennsylvania and around the country over the past two decades, but many activists agree that there is a lot of room for improving the protections that the law offers.

Pennsylvania still leads in pregnancy discrimination

Many younger readers might be surprised to find out that before 1978, it was perfectly legal to fire an employee simply because they became pregnant. Although pregnancy discrimination is now illegal in the United States, employers are not required to make the same types of reasonable accommodations that they do for people with disabilities. The law provides that pregnant employees aren't treated differently than the workforce at large, but that doesn't mean that they are protected when they ask for an accommodation to make their jobs more manageable while they are pregnant.

More time to file FMLA complaints if employer violated willfully

The term "statute of limitations" is often used as a joke about legal jargon, but in the civil lawsuit world, it is no joke. The statute of limitations refers to the amount of time that an injured party has to file a complaint against the person or entity responsible for their injury. It is an important number to know and is different for every type of claim in each state. This is one major reason why it is so crucial to seek legal advice as soon as possible after an incident that may give rise to a lawsuit.

United States still behind on parental leave policy

The Family Medical Leave Act was passed in the 1990s to as a part of the effort to protect women from workplace discrimination and from wrongful termination when they choose to take maternity leave. We've covered those issues before on this blog because new parents are still facing plenty of challenges in the workplace. One of the major challenges is the availability of paternity leave.

Employers cannot use FMLA applications to justify discrimination

The Family Medical Leave Act was passed to help protect employees who need to take time off to care for a loved one or seek medical treatment themselves. Employees have a right to keep their job when they take advantage of leave under FMLA and are protected from discrimination after they return.

Pregnant woman faces forced resignation instead of maternity leave

The Family Medical Leave Act was originally passed to help protect employees who need time off to care for a sick family member or tend to a new baby. The law requires employers to give employees up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave each year. Despite this, several cases have recently emerged that suggest that employers may still be discriminating against employees who request maternity leave under the FMLA.

Labor Department Proposes More Coverage for Military Families

The Labor Department has submitted a proposal to increase coverage for military families under the Family Medical Leave Act. The Act grants employees up to 12 weeks of leave for personal or family medical leave.