Category Archives: Leave and Disability

Downsized Employee with Lupus Advances ADA, FMLA Claims

An Oklahoma receptionist diagnosed with Lupus less than two months before losing her job to a reduction in force has advanced her state and federal disability bias and retaliation claims against her former employer following a federal district court ruling….

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Requiring Notes for Each Intermittent FMLA Absence Could Be Improper

A company’s policy of requiring a doctor’s note for each intermittent absence under the Family and Medical Leave Act violates FMLA because the policy directly conflicts with FMLA’s recertification procedure. So ruled a federal district court in a consolidation of cases…

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Firing of Formerly Drug-addicted Pharmacist Okay Under ADA

Wal-Mart has successfully defended a putative class action alleging that its failure to employ former drug addicts as pharmacists violates the Americans with Disabilities Act. The retailer was able to show that the lead plaintiff was fired because he was…

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Fired Employee Declined FMLA and Broke Attendance Rules

If an employee does not wish to take leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act but continues to be absent from work, then he or she must have a reason for the absence that is acceptable under the employer’s…

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Going Fishing ‘Under Doctor’s Orders’ While on FMLA Leave Gets State Official Fired

A state government official has stepped down after the Better Government Association and news outlets began investigating a long pattern of Family and Medical Leave Act absences that, they said, smelled fishy. Namely, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources deputy…

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UPS Attendance Policy Under Fire for Second Time

An automatic termination policy for employees taking more than 12 months of consecutive leave limits the ability of qualified individuals with a disability to return to work and may act as a “qualification standard” that violates the Americans with Disabilities…

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Devil Is in Details of Final Mental Health Parity Rules

Pre-authorization procedures, plan disclosures and geographical restrictions are just a few features  group health plans will need to re-examine by the time the recently finalized mental health parity rules take effect. For calendar-year plans, this means Jan. 1, 2015 —…

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Vegas Trip with Terminally Ill Mother Excuses Absence, Per FMLA

Absences to care for a family member with a serious health condition do not need to be connected to medical treatment — nor do they depend on a particular location — to qualify as leave under the Family and Medical…

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Employer Needn’t Hire Assistant as Reasonable Accommodation

An employer was not required to provide a full-time assistant to a worker with disabilities as an ADA accommodation, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has reaffirmed in Williams v. Revco Discount Drug Centers, Inc., d.b.a. CVS Pharmacy, Inc.,…

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Reform Agencies Clarify Cost Sharing and Essential Services

A series of agency Q&As resolves a few questions relating to complying with federal health care reform, such as correctly counting participants’ out-of-pocket expenditures; wellness program reward administration; and the status of “carved-out” benefits. In latest set of Frequently Asked…

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