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Department of Labor Issues Final Rule Regarding Definition of Spouse Under FMLA

February 23, 2015 - 10:50 AM

By: Robin E. Largent

The DOL issued a press release today announcing the issuance of its final rule regarding the definition of "spouse" under the FMLA.  The final rule amends the federal FMLA regulations to make clear that “spouses” entitled to FMLA protections include same-sex spouses who were legally married in any state (or outside...
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Administration of FMLA Leave for Same-Sex Spouses Gets Easier Under Proposed Rule

June 24, 2014 - 9:48 AM

The Department of Labor (“DOL”) has announced a notice of proposed rulemaking to revise the definition of “spouse” under the FMLA to make it clear that the FMLA applies to legally married same-sex spouses, regardless of where they live.  Before last year, the FMLA applied only to opposite sex spouses....
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Proposed Amendments to CFRA Regulations Published

March 7, 2014 - 10:23 AM

By: Robin E. Largent

On February 21, 2014, California's Department of Fair Employment and Housing Council (FEHC) published proposed amendments to the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) regulations.  These regulations are intended to clarify some aspects of the existing regulations and also to adopt many of the recent amendments to the federal FMLA regulations to make the two acts...
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Reminder:  FMLA-Covered Employers Must Post New FMLA Poster

March 8, 2013 - 10:26 AM

By: Robin E. Largent

In recent years, the FMLA has been amended several times, most recently in 2009 under the National Defense Authorization Act and Airline Flight Crew Technical Corrections Act.  While the most recent amendments relate to rarely used FMLA provisions, the DOL recently approved new regulations covering these provisions, and of even more significance to all FMLA-covered...
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New Decision Serves as Reminder of Pregnancy Disability Accommodation Requirements

February 22, 2013 - 3:49 AM

By: Robin E. Largent

Yesterday a California Court of Appeal issued its decision in Sanchez v. Swissport, Inc., addressing whether an employee fired after exhausting her 16 weeks of pregnancy disability leave could assert valid claims against the employer for pregnancy discrimination and failure to accommodate a disability.  The court said yes.  In Sanchez, the plaintiff employee only...
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Latest Activity from the California Supreme Court

February 20, 2013 - 11:15 AM

By: Robin E. Largent

This week the California Supreme Court was busy deciding whether to review some notable employment decisions.  In favorable news for employers, the Court denied review in See's Candy Shops v. Superior Court (Silva), the time rounding case in which a California Court of Appeal recently held that time rounding policies are permitted under...
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California Adopts New Disability Regulations

January 7, 2013 - 9:30 AM

By: Robin E. Largent

We recently posted about California's adoption of new pregnancy disability regulations, which took effect December 30, 2012.  On December 18, California further adopted general disability regulations governing accommodation requirements for non-pregnancy related disabilities.  The disability regulations took effect December 30, 2012 and are available here.  The new regulations are 23 pages in length and contain definitions...
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California Adopts New Regulations Governing Pregnancy Disability Leaves

December 4, 2012 - 1:24 AM

By: Robin E. Largent

California's Fair Employment and Housing Commission recently proposed new pregnancy disability regulations.  These proposed regulations underwent rounds of public comment and revision, but were recently finalized and approved by California's Office of Administrative Law.  As such, the new regulations take effect December 30, 2012.  The new regulations are available here....
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