Families First Coronavirus Response Act in Effect April 1, 2020

3/26/20 The Senate passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA” or the “Act”) on March 18th. The President signed the legislation on the evening of March 18, which means the leave provisions will go into effect on April 1 and has a sunset provision of December 31, 2020. The Act creates several significant paid […]

Mental Health Issues: ADA, FMLA and Reasonable Accommodation

Employee mental health issues are covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Family Medical Leave Act. What that means to you the employer or HR professional is that if an employee of an organization with 15 or more employees has a mental health condition, they are likely eligible for a reasonable accommodation. […]

Chandra C. Davis to Present Best Practices for FLSA, FMLA, ADA and Handling Complaints

Chandra Davis will present Best Practices for FLSA, FMLA, ADA and Handling Complaints at the MIE Conference for Legal Services Executive Directors, Managers and Supervisors (MIE Conference) on September 10 from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. The conference theme is Essential Skills for Stronger Leaders. Link to Conference Program. Employment law is complex. Various laws potentially […]

New Year’s Resolution: Improve Employment Practices

If one of your resolutions is to improve employment practices, this may be the year to consider an Employment Law Advice & Counsel Hotline Retainer Program. ELS offers an “Employment Advice & Counsel Hotline” retainer program to assist clients with routine HR legal matters. ELS focuses on serving business clients and we understand the demands and often […]

Expedited Review of Proposed Reduction in Force (RIF)

Reduction in force checklists are plentiful, but what happens if you have some concerns and are under pressure to produce your proposed plan for Board approval with two weeks? While standard checklists are useful, you need to check in with your employment attorney to address your concerns and make sure the RIF you implement will not […]

Can An Indefinite Leave Of Absence Be A Reasonable Accommodation?

One of the most difficult issues an HR professional or in-house employment counsel faces is how to deal with an employee who cannot return to work after FMLA leave expires. Is additional leave required?  What law applies and what are the obligations for an employer in this situation? Despite the uncertainty of what additional leave […]