Category Archives: Leave Laws & Rights

Employer ADA Test Conundrum? Seventh Circuit Flip Flops on ADA Accommodation Ruling

The Seventh Circuit ruled that an employee’s extended medical leave request was “categorically unreasonable” under the ADA. However, what should an employer do when one of the Seventh circuit judges writes that prior decision is wrong and violates the ADA? On September 20, 2017, in Severson v. Heartland Woodcraft, the Seventh Circuit affirmed summary judgment in favor of an employer that terminated an employee who requested a two to three month extended medical leave in addition to his 12 week FMLA leave. The Court applied a per se rule that an extended medical leave is categorically unreasonable as a matter …


Workplace Now: The “Localization” of Employment Law – What you Don’t Know Can Hurt

It is no secret these days that many workforces, particularly over the last five years, are now subject to numerous state and municipal laws that seek to shape and regulate numerous areas of the workplace (many of which are often conflicting) .  Given the gridlock that has been in place for almost a decade in Congress, state legislatures and cities have accelerated their oversight of employers and have imposed their own laws. In fact, there are literally hundreds of examples of how the scope of local regulation has changed, but perhaps the most breath-taking took place this year in the …


To Grant Leave or Not to Grant Leave…That is the Question

Employers covered by the Family and Medical Leave Act often are surprised to find out that the onus is on them to provide eligible employees notice of FMLA rights in the event of a qualifying absence and to properly designate that absence as leave under the FMLA.  (As if employers don’t have enough on their plates…) The FMLA entitles an eligible employee to leave if the employee has a “serious health condition that makes the employee unable to perform the functions of the position of such employee.” Well, what does that mean? A “serious health condition” is “an illness, injury, …