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Understanding Domestic Violence Leave Laws: A DMEC Podcast
dateJanuary 23, 2023
Matrix has, once again, teamed up with the Disability Management Employer Coalition (DMEC), this time for a podcast discussing domestic leave laws. During this podcast, Marti Cardi and Lana Rupprecht
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Get Ready to Comply with the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) in 2023
dateJanuary 09, 2023
On December 29, 2022, the President signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act. One part of this Act included the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA), effective June 27, 2023. What is the PWFA? This
DON’T MISS THE NEXT QUARTERLY COMPLIANCE UPDATE
dateJanuary 04, 2023
Happy New Year! Join the Matrix Compliance Team on January 10, 2023 at 2:00pm EST to get an update on the fourth quarter of 2022 and what's coming up in the first quarter of 2023. This quarterly updat
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Post Holiday Blues: Handling Employees' Mental Health Conditions
dateJanuary 03, 2023
It is well known that the year-end holidays can be difficult for some individuals, particularly those suffering with mental health conditions. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the n
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Cancer Knows No Season – Helpful FMLA Guidance from the Department of Labor
dateDecember 22, 2022
I was debating a fun little Rudolph-based blog post (Is that red nose a disability? Was it an ADA violation for his co-workers to exclude him from the reindeer games?) but then Helen Applewhaite dropp
State Leaves State Paid family and medical/disability benefits
Early New Year's PFML Toast to Oregon and Colorado
dateDecember 15, 2022
We recently posted an update on the New Hampshire voluntary paid family and medical leave program. But that's not the only state with significant events happening when the ball drops on December 31, 2
State Leaves State Paid family and medical/disability benefits
Granite State PFML Program – Gathering No Moss... (and why you should pay attention even if you don’t have New Hampshire employees)
dateDecember 07, 2022
State paid family and medical leave (PFML) programs just keep rolling along, and that includes New Hampshire's Paid Family and Medical Leave Plan. In the quickest state PFML turnaround timetable to da
FMLA- Family and Medical Leave Act Lawsuits/Litigation
One FMLA Call-In Number or Two? Employers Can Pick but Should Make It Clear
dateDecember 01, 2022
Long-time readers of this blog know that employers can require employees to report an FMLA-covered absence twice – once to the FMLA administrator and once to another source for attendance purpos
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California Dreamin'
dateOctober 24, 2022
All the leaves aren't quite brown, and the sky isn't quite gray yet (well, I guess it depends on where you live!), but we're definitely thinking about California. On September 29, 2022, Governor Gavin
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The "Cat's Paw" and the FMLA
dateOctober 21, 2022
Ready for a modern-day fable? The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals recently issued a pro employer decision in an FMLA retaliation case by analyzing one of our favorite legal principles, the "cat's paw" t
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NATIONAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH
dateOctober 12, 2022
In recognition of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we have teamed up with the Disability Management Employer Coalition (DMEC) and will be participating in the 2022 DMECommunities Q&A: D
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More Webinars! Closing in on OR and CO PFML! PLUS Our Quarterly Compliance Update
dateOctober 03, 2022
We are excited share with you links to some upcoming webinars.  Each of these webinars is available live or on demand (after the presentation date) with a click on the links below. First, an
FMLA- Family and Medical Leave Act Lawsuits/Litigation
Look Out Employers! Facebook Messenger May Be Sufficient Notice Under The FMLA
dateSeptember 21, 2022
Imagine this: Your employee Kasey misses several days of work due to a recurring infection related to an emergency appendectomy. Your policy, which is provided to all employees, requires Kasey to call
State Leave and Paid Leave Programs
Oregon and Colorado PFML: Shifting Sands
dateSeptember 12, 2022
Employers are eager – shall we even say anxious? – for concrete information about the imminent paid family and medical leave programs in Oregon and Colorado, but with contribution effectiv
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Employers: Update Your Understanding of the Interactive Process
dateAugust 16, 2022
When an employee provides notice to his employer of a disability and expresses a desire for a reasonable accommodation, the employee and the employer must engage in good-faith communications—wh
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Important Takeaways from the DOL and EEOC at the August 2022 DMEC Annual Conference!
dateAugust 04, 2022
This week, while attending the 2022 Disability Management Employer Coalition (DMEC) Annual Conference, Marti Cardi had the honor of acting as one of the moderators (together with Marjory Robertson of
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I’ve Been Everywhere Man...
dateAugust 01, 2022
My goodness, has it been a month?  Sorry about that dear, readers – but as Johnny Cash alluded to in our title here; we’ve been a little busy.  And, it’s not letting up!&nb
State Leave and Paid Leave Programs
Illinois Expands Bereavement Leave
dateJune 30, 2022
Did you know that Illinois, Oregon, and Washington are the only states that require employers to provide bereavement leave to their employees? Illinois's Child Bereavement leave has been in effect sin
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Six Months After Paid Leave "Go Live," Connecticut's Employer Notice Requirement Takes Effect
dateJune 13, 2022
UPDATE - June 17, 2022 Many employers have been concerned about the short period of time to comply with this notice requirement. Even though it has been in the Connecticut PFML statute for a
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Coming Soon To an Alabama Employer Near You: Alabama Parental Leave!
dateJune 03, 2022
Eligible Alabama employees will soon be able to take up to 12 weeks of parental leave to care for and bond with a newborn or newly placed adopted child. Like Delaware’s new family and medical le
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Who's on First: "Work State" and the Impact on Paid Leave Benefits
dateJune 01, 2022
Lately, employers are asking Matrix what state they should designate as the "work state" for their employees. Now, you may be asking yourself, "how many people really come to you and ask about work st
FMLA- Family and Medical Leave Act Lawsuits/Litigation
NO CERTIFICATION? THEN, NO FMLA LEAVE FOR YOU!
dateMay 24, 2022
Employers often receive medical documentation from an employee to support an FMLA request, but no certification. What should an employer do in that situation? Consider the following scenario. Jake and
State Leave and Paid Leave Programs
Next on the Hit Parade: Delaware Family and Medical Leave Insurance
dateMay 11, 2022
The buzz around Maryland’s Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) hasn’t even died down and here’s Delaware with their Family and Medical Leave Insurance program (FMLI). Unlike Marylan
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Join us for a timely DMEC webinar on Workplace Accommodations
dateMay 02, 2022
You know, while many of you were outside on the playground during recess, we here at Matrix Radar were inside double-checking our work. We never got to sit with the Cool Kids, but look at us now: Afte
State Leave and Paid Leave Programs
It’s a New Year, and We Have New PFML Laws! Developments in 2022 (So Far!)
dateApril 18, 2022
We’re off to a grand start for paid family and medical leave developments in 2022.  In this post we’ll share: Our up-to-date map showing 2022 state PFML legislative activity
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TOP 5 ISSUES TO CONSIDER WHEN PREPARING A PARENTAL LEAVE POLICY
dateApril 07, 2022
Are you thinking about implementing a parental leave policy? Good for you! Well planned parental leave policies are excellent recruiting and retention tools, AND more importantly, offer great benefits
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DMEC Compliance Conference
dateMarch 17, 2022
Good Things Come to Those Who Wait! And this year’s DMEC Compliance Conference, starting this coming Monday March 21st, is no different!  Our very own Marti Cardi, Vice President Product Co
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Valentine’s Day Workplace Happenings
dateFebruary 14, 2022
Valentine’s Day isn’t usually a big event for leaves of absence, but join us as we take a look at 3 scenarios where the employers had their hands full.    Flower Power Miranda h
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Vaccination Update: OSHA ETS Withdrawn But OSHSA Is Still Seeking a Permanent Standard
dateJanuary 27, 2022
You knew it was coming...another update on vaccination mandates. As we previously informed you here, on January 13, 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an Order staying the enforcement of the OSHA Eme
Now That The OSHA ETS Is Blocked, Beware Of State Legislation...
dateJanuary 18, 2022
As we reported on Friday, here, the U.S. Supreme Court blocked OSHA's enforcement of the Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS), which previously required many private employers with 100 or more employees
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The OSHA ETS Is Blocked But The CMS IFR Moves Forward
dateJanuary 14, 2022
During our January 11 Quarterly Compliance Update we reported that the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) heard oral arguments on January 7 on two federal vaccination mandates. Specifically,
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Q4 - The Docket
dateJanuary 10, 2022
Happy New Year!  But before we close the books on 2021, let’s take a last look at the fourth quarter of 2021, its legislative activities and go over what it means to you.  Compliance u
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Your 2021 Wrapped: A Year in Leave Management
dateJanuary 03, 2022
In December, social media was flooded with users sharing their 2021 Wrapped, exposing their eclectic tastes in music with the world. Apparently, I listen to movie soundtracks WAY more than I realized,
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Massachusetts PFML Turns 1!
dateDecember 22, 2021
And even after almost a year of paying benefits, many issues are still murky at best regarding how to administer – or how the state will administer – the Massachusetts Paid Family and Medi
COVID-19 Lawsuits/Litigation OSHA
The OSHA Vaccination Mandate is Back!
dateDecember 20, 2021
What a weekend! Just as we were about to start writing a blog summarizing various state vaccination-related laws, we received word on late Friday evening, December 17, that the 6th Circuit Court of A
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New York City's Guidance on Vaccination Mandates And Other Vaccination Mandate Litigation...
dateDecember 16, 2021
New York City (NYC) released its guidance, the Implementing Order of the Commissioner of Health and Mental Hygiene to Require COVID-19 Vaccination in the Workplace (“Order") and additional resou
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Vaccination Mandates: More Court Activity
dateDecember 10, 2021
As we were writing our blog on the NYC vaccination mandate, a federal district court issued a nationwide injunction on the federal contractor COVID-19 vaccination mandate, Executive Order 14042. Here
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Changes to Connecticut FMLA are coming! Just when you thought you had CT paid leave mastered...
dateDecember 09, 2021
January 1 is just around the corner and Connecticut employees will be eligible to receive Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) benefits. But that's not all! Many changes to the Connecticut Family and
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Vaccination Mandates: New York City and Other Key Vaccination Laws
dateDecember 08, 2021
New York City Vaccine Mandate for Private Businesses What Happened? Yesterday, New York City (NYC) announced a vaccination mandate applicable to private businesses with employees working in NYC. Here
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ILLINOIS EXPANDS ITS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE LEAVE LAW EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2022
dateDecember 01, 2021
Would you like a break from all the updates on the vaccination mandates? Well, here you go. This blog is devoted to discussing amendments to the Illinois Victims Economic Security and Safety Act (VES
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Vaccination Mandates: More Injunctions – And DOL Extends Notice and Comment Period on OSHA ETS
dateDecember 01, 2021
As promised, we are continuing to monitor the developments on the vaccination mandate front. This continues to be a fluid and fast-paced situation. In fact, while we were drafting this blog, we had to
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Even MORE Vax News: Florida’s Restrictions on Vaccination Mandates
dateNovember 29, 2021
On the same day we were preparing our blog discussing the status of federal vaccination mandates applicable to private employers, the state of Florida enacted its own law significantly restricting&mda
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Yet Another Update on Vaccination Mandates
dateNovember 18, 2021
Yes, we have yet another blog on the current status of the federal vaccination mandates.  Our previous blogs on this topic can be found here, here  and here. Here are some key updates and l
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3 Federal Vaccination Mandates – Which One Applies to YOUR Business?
dateNovember 15, 2021
By now, you and most employers have heard about OSHA’s Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard (“ETS”) which requires private employers with 100 employees or more to imp
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OSHA'S Vaccination/Testing ETS Temporarily Blocked by Court
dateNovember 08, 2021
On Friday, we sent out an update on OSHA’s Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard (“ETS”) which requires private employers with 100 employees or more to implement emplo
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OSHA’S ETS IS HERE-NOW WHAT?
dateNovember 05, 2021
OSHA’s long-awaited Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard (“ETS”) for private employers with 100 or more employees has arrived. The ETS, which can be found at Federal
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TRUE FMLA STORIES FROM RECENT COURT OPINIONS – THE FAQS: PART 2
dateNovember 03, 2021
In September, the Matrix compliance team presented a DMEC webinar, True FMLA Stories from Recent Court Decisions, which can be viewed here.  We received great questions from attendees during that
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Paid Family and Medical Leave – An Update
dateOctober 29, 2021
Employers, Employees, Consultants, and Carriers are struggling to keep up with nationwide legislative updates and what it means to them. Join us for this checkpoint of where things stand and where the
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OCTOBER: NATIONAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH
dateOctober 20, 2021
In 1989, the U.S. Congress passed a law designating October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Despite increased awareness of this issue, the following statistics from the National Co
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Stay in the Know with Our Quarterly Compliance Webinars!
dateOctober 08, 2021
Compliance updates show no sign of slowing down, but you can keep up with our new webinar series, The Docket: The third quarter review of All Things Absence!  Although topics may change quarter t
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True FMLA Stories from Recent Court Opinions – The FAQs
dateOctober 04, 2021
On September 14 (has it been that long ago?), the Matrix compliance team presented True FMLA Stories from Recent Court Decisions as a DMEC webinar (Disability Management Employer Coalition).  And
State Leave and Paid Leave Programs
Washington D.C. Ups Its Game – Expansions to Universal Paid Leave and Employee Protections
dateSeptember 27, 2021
Sitting in the shadow of the controversy over whether the Feds will pass a paid family and medical leave program, the District of Columbia has not shied away from its own PFML program.  Two signi
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True FMLA Stories from Recent Court Opinions
dateSeptember 07, 2021
Tuesday, September 14 | 12:00 pm ET When dealing with leaves of absence, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) statute sets the framework, while the regulations provide more detail, and the Departm
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Missouri Offers Job-Protected Leave to Victims of Domestic and Sexual Violence
dateAugust 23, 2021
Effective August 24, 2021, Missouri becomes the latest state to mandate job-protected leave of absence when an employee or a family or household member is a victim of domestic or sexual violence. With
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A Mid-Summer Night's Reminder - New and Expanded Leave Laws for 2021-2022
dateAugust 10, 2021
Isn’t it weird how summer speeds up right after July 4th? We’re more than halfway through the dog days, and a lot has happened in the state and federal legislatures regarding paid and tra
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Stay in the know with our new quarterly compliance webinars!
dateJuly 19, 2021
Compliance updates show no sign of slowing down, but you can keep up with our new webinar series, The Docket: A Quarterly Review of All Things Absence! Although topics may change quarter to quarter,
State Leave and Paid Leave Programs
New Hampshire Passes a Paid Family and Medical Leave Law -- And It's A Different Animal!
dateJuly 06, 2021
New Hampshire has joined the PFML club but with a new kind of membership – a model we haven’t seen before in other states with statutory paid family and medical leave programs. Does the &l
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A "Backwater Position" after FMLA Leave? Sorry, all things are not Equal (or Equivalent)
dateJune 02, 2021
The Family and Medical Leave Act requires employers to reinstate an employee to the same, or an equivalent, position following an approved leave. Often this means employers are left to wrestle with th
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"Can You Help Me Design a PFML Plan that Satisfies All State Requirements?" Part III in our Paid Family Leave Trilogy
dateMay 10, 2021
This is the third of a 3-part series on paid family and medical leave (PFML). Here are the prior posts: This is the third of a 3-part series on paid family and medical leave (PFML). Here are the
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Paid Family & Medical Leave Updates: A Free Webinar
dateMay 03, 2021
If you’re a regular reader you know here at Matrix-Radar we spend a lot of time talking about Paid Family and Medical Leave. It’s not ‘cause we love it so much – honest! It&rsq
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Workers' Comp and FMLA – A Clash of Titans or Friends Holding Hands?
dateApril 20, 2021
Pop Quiz: Your employee is injured on the job. Is he covered by workers’ compensation the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), or the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) For tho
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The FAMILY Act -- Federal Paid Family and Medical Leave Coming Your Way? (Paid Family and Medical Leave – Part II)
dateApril 12, 2021
In the legislative system, conflicting leave laws are considered especially heinous . . . [DHUNK DHUNK] OK, so paid family and medical leave is not as riveting as stories ripped from the headlines. Or
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(Re)opening the Workplace – COVID-19 and the ADA
dateMarch 29, 2021
What is it they used to say BC (Before COVID-19)? In the Spring, a young heart turns to love? Or baseball? Something like that. But today we are faced with a new reality and, as the days get longer
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California's New and Improved COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave -- Effective Real Soon!
dateMarch 25, 2021
Well, it’s déjà vu all over again!  On March 19, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed SB95, providing for a new bank of COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave (SPS
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Paid Family and Medical Leave – A Multi-State Morass, Part I: “If Only the Feds Would Act!”
dateMarch 24, 2021
mo·rassˊ an area of muddy or boggy ground a confused situation that has become so complicated it seems impossible to escape from or resolve This is the first of a 3-part series on p
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Furloughs and FMLA Ineligibility: An Unexpected Consequence
dateMarch 15, 2021
We’ve been getting a lot of questions lately concerning the impact of furloughs on employee FMLA eligibility. After all, COVID-19 related lockdowns started as early as a year ago – not an
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The American Rescue Plan: Paid Sick/Family Leave in 2021
dateMarch 12, 2021
OK, here’s fun stuff to talk about on a Friday. There’s no more football and I knew you would want this information to work with over the weekend, so…no need to thank me, I’m
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5 Layers vs 5 Days - FMLA Procedures Under the Microscope in the Golden State
dateMarch 03, 2021
The U.S. Department of Labor reports that an operator of 2 California airports must make major changes to its FMLA processes after trampling on employee rights for I don’t know how long.  A
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Updates: Super Bowl LV and New York COVID-Related Paid Sick Leave
dateFebruary 09, 2021
Here’s a riddle for you:What do Super Bowl LV and COVID have in common?  I’m not sure – though if you’re a Chiefs fan I suppose both can seem like an unthinkable, undeserv
State Leave and Paid Leave Programs
California Employers, Look Out!! Possible Duty to Accommodate Employees who are “Associated with” an Individual with a Disability
dateJanuary 29, 2021
Associational discrimination?  What’s that, you ask?  It may soon be critical for California employers to understand this concept. Little-known and even less understood provisions of t
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More COVID Paid Leave? Biden’s American Rescue Plan
dateJanuary 19, 2021
On January 14, 2021, President-Elect Biden announced his American Rescue Plan.  The Plan includes more employer-provided COVID-related paid leave.  If enacted, his plan would: Reinstate
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Kickstart for 2021 – An Update to Get the New Year Going
dateJanuary 04, 2021
Although there are still challenges ahead – there are always challenges – I think I speak for us all when I say I am happy to rip off that last page of the 2020 calendar and start with a b
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No Extension of FFCRA Paid Sick Leave/School Closure Leave; Tax Credit Extended for 3 Months
dateDecember 23, 2020
As of this writing, Congress has passed a new COVID-19 relief bill, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, but President Trump responded with a hissy fit and the threat of a veto.  However, t
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Colorado Paid Family and Medical Leave
dateDecember 14, 2020
For several years the Colorado legislature tried without success to pass paid family and medical leave legislation.  In 2020 the voters took matters into their own hands and voted in favor of a b
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Time to Get a Grip on Connecticut Paid Family and Medical Leave!
dateNovember 30, 2020
Massachusetts PFML isn’t the only law bringing new consequences with the new year. Some parts of Connecticut PFML are also going into effect on January 1, 2021, and if you have even one Connect
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Connecticut Joins the Paid Family and Medical Leave Club!
dateNovember 23, 2020
  On June 25 Governor Lamont made Connecticut the 9th U.S. jurisdiction to adopt a paid family and/or medical leave program.  As a reminder, here are the jurisdictions with paid leave progr
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“Tie-Breaker” Medical Exam for Employee in a Safety Sensitive Position Does Not Violate the ADA
dateNovember 09, 2020
A new case provides some great information for employers with employees in “safety sensitive” positions and their ability to require a medical exam. That case is Beal v. Muncie Sanitary Di
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COVID 19 and ADA Leaves of Absence
dateNovember 02, 2020
In the best of times employers struggle with employee requests for leave of absence as an ADA accommodation.  The incursion of COVID-19 has amplified the challenges.  But, the ADA is still t
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Merrily We Roll Along – Dip Your Oars Into this Multi-State PFML Update
dateOctober 26, 2020
Sometimes it does seem like we are sailing o’er the deep blue sea with all this PFML stuff – so many dangers and unknowns out there!  There have been several developments in the vario
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Legislative Update: Expanding Leaves and Pandemic Coverage
dateSeptember 28, 2020
September has been quite the month for expanding leave benefits, both COVID-19 related and otherwise. Oregon has issued an administrative rule permanently allowing for sick child leave to be taken for
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Making Sausage – An Update on Connecticut Paid Family and Medical
dateSeptember 21, 2020
We have been closely following the progress – or sadly, the lack thereof – by the Connecticut Paid Family and Medical Leave Authority in the seemingly monumental task of launching the CT P
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How Long is Too Long? The Continuing Saga of Leave as an ADA Accommodation
dateSeptember 17, 2020
Back in July, we celebrated 30 years of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). Yet employers still struggle with how long a leave of absence is reasonable as an accommodation.  Two re
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DOL Faces Off With The New York Federal Court – And We Have More FFCRA Guidance
dateSeptember 14, 2020
Those fun folks at the U.S. Department of Labor just LOVE releasing important information on a Friday!  I think it displays a cruel sense of humor – they get to relax and enjoy the waning d
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Back to School under the FFCRA – DOL Provides Just-In-Time Guidance
dateAugust 31, 2020
Schools in many parts of the country are back in session and more will be opening daily.  But “back to school” doesn’t look like it used to in most regions.  School distric
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Employee Rights under FFCRA Expanded After New York Federal Court Ruling
dateAugust 06, 2020
As if figuring out all the coronavirus-related laws wasn’t difficult enough, we now have a court ruling that turns some of the FFCRA rules we thought we understood on their heads. On August 3 a
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Happy 30th Birthday ADA! Oh How You've Changed Over the Years!
dateJuly 24, 2020
The Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law by President George H. W. Bush on July 26, 1990.  Here we’ll take a look back on how the ADA has evolved from its passage in 1990 to
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Massachusetts Finalizes PFML Regulations
dateJuly 23, 2020
The Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave (DFML) has released its much-anticipated revised, final regulations for its Paid Family and Medical Leave program.  Employees will start r
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Friday Surprise! DOL Issues New Certification Forms and Seeks Comments on the Regulations
dateJuly 17, 2020
Really?  Couldn’t they have waited until Monday?  We knew these were coming and I guess the folks at the U.S. Department of Labor wanted to free up THEIR weekend.  Anyway, whining
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ADA Practices & Pitfalls in Today’s Workplace – The Sequel!
dateJuly 16, 2020
There are precious few truths left in this world anymore.  Two that I think we can all agree on are;   The book is ALWAYS better than the movie and; The original is ALWAYS better th
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DOL Provides More Guidance on Kids’ Summer Programs and FFCRA Paid Leave
dateJune 30, 2020
On Friday we posted a legislative update covering the status of pending leave of absence bills throughout the states. This post comes right on the heels of that so if you didn't see it, just scroll d
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Legislative Update – What’s Going on Besides Coronavirus
dateJune 26, 2020
Seems like in the past several weeks this blog has been consumed by COVID-19 news – almost every day, at some points.  And before that, it was mostly paid family and medical leave.  W
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ADA Practices & Pitfalls – a timely webinar!
dateJune 15, 2020
You know, some people vacation in the summer. Some work on their tans. Here at Matrix Radar, we like to dive in the deep end…of leave related compliance!Don’t judge us, you know you’re interested. Whi
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COVID-19 and Workers’ Compensation
dateMay 27, 2020
Did you know that Matrix Absence Management administers workers’ compensation claims? We do and, in fact, workers’ comp was Matrix’s original line of business back in the day! Yet for all the COVID-19
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Tending to the Mass-es – and others!
dateMay 26, 2020
It’s been a long, cold Spring, what with COVID-19, quarantines and a plethora of related legislation to unpack. If there’s anything to help remind us that time – and regular, good ol
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Still Wrangling COVID-19 News – ERISA, ADA, FFCRA, and NY
dateMay 15, 2020
  Every time I think I can write about something other than COVID-19, along comes another new law, regulation, or interpretation that I want to share with you. The roundup seems
FMLA- Family and Medical Leave Act Paid Family Medical Leave
Ready for Regular Ol’ FMLA?
dateMay 12, 2020
So enough with the coronavirus already, right? Let’s get back to basics and one of the most challenging FMLA issues: employee abuse and misuse. On Thursday, May 21 at 12:00 Eastern/9:00 Pacific
COVID-19 FMLA- Family and Medical Leave Act Paid Family Medical Leave
Wrangling all that COVID-19 news – The Last (nope…) we mean NEXT Round-Up
dateApril 29, 2020
COVID news just keeps coming. In our last Roundup we covered the DOL’s latest FFCRA Q&As, USERRA and COVID-19, and orders from the governors of California and Washington. Today we sadd
COVID-19 FMLA- Family and Medical Leave Act Paid Family Medical Leave State Leave and Paid Leave Programs
Wrangling All the COVID-19 News – The Latest Roundup
dateApril 28, 2020
As we all work to acclimate to the new normal that is the current COVID-19 world, state, local, and federal governments and agencies have been working tirelessly to respond to this unprecedented situa
COVID-19 Paid Family Medical Leave State Leave and Paid Leave Programs
NEW JERSEY DEVELOPMENTS: ENHANCED LEAVE OF ABSENCE AND JOB PROTECTION UNDER NJ FLA TO CARE FOR FAMILY MEMBERS
dateApril 17, 2020
At Matrix and Reliance Standard, we have been tirelessly keeping up with the explosion of legislation that has been introduced and enacted to address COVID-19 related leaves of absence, disabil
COVID-19 Paid Family Medical Leave State Leave and Paid Leave Programs
New York’s Emergency Paid Quarantine Leave for COVID-19 – An Update
dateApril 15, 2020
On March 18, 2020, Governor Cuomo signed emergency legislation guaranteeing job protection and pay for employees> affected by COVID-19 who are subject to mandatory or precautionary orders of quaran
COVID-19 DOL- Department of Labor FMLA- Family and Medical Leave Act Paid Family Medical Leave State Leave and Paid Leave Programs
What about ME? The plight of the 500+ employer group
dateApril 14, 2020
At Matrix and Reliance Standard we receive questions about COVID-19-related issues daily – no, hourly. Since the passage of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), many of these questions
COVID-19 DOL- Department of Labor EEOC- Equal Employment Opportunity Commission FMLA- Family and Medical Leave Act Paid Family Medical Leave
COVID Catch-Up: News from the DOL, CDC, and EEOC
dateApril 13, 2020
The best thing about the just-concluded long weekend is that it gave me a chance to catch up on the latest Coronavirus guidance issued by various entities. Top of the world, Ma! Here are 3 for today’s
COVID-19 DOL- Department of Labor FMLA- Family and Medical Leave Act
Whoopee! More FFCRA Guidance! DOL Issues Temporary Regulations
dateApril 03, 2020
Perhaps I shouldn’t be flippant, but seems like every other day brings more guidance from the U.S. Department of Labor on the new paid leave benefits available to many employees under the Famili
COVID-19 DOL- Department of Labor
And the Beat Goes On . . . IRS Info on the COVID-19 Tax Credit; DOL Issues Temporary Regulations
dateApril 02, 2020
And the beat goes on, the beat goes on Drums keep pounding a rhythm to the brain La de da de de, la de da de da* Sonny & Cher Bet that song will be in your brain all day now – you’re welcome! 
COVID-19 DOL- Department of Labor
The DOL on a Roll – More FFRCA Q&As Issued
dateMarch 31, 2020
In the fast-paced COVID-19 world, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued more Questions and Answers about the Families First Corona Virus Reponses Act (FFCRA).  And not only are we now up
COVID-19 DOL- Department of Labor FMLA- Family and Medical Leave Act Paid Family Medical Leave State Leave and Paid Leave Programs
Jersey, sure: NJ Joins the COVID-19 Legislative Flurry
dateMarch 30, 2020
 On March 25 New Jersey’s governor signed Senate Bill 2304 that increases rights under several leave and benefits laws to address COVID-19 challenges for employees.  These changes were effec
COVID-19 DOL- Department of Labor Paid Family Medical Leave State Leave and Paid Leave Programs
Families First Coronavirus Response Act – Details, DOL and More, Oh My!
dateMarch 26, 2020
With record speed for a governmental agency, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued a respectable amount of information to help employers understand the brand spankin’ new Families First Corona
COVID-19 DOL- Department of Labor Paid Family Medical Leave
Families First Coronavirus Response Act – It’s Final and Here’s What It Requires
dateMarch 20, 2020
The President has signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act  (FFCRA), originally introduced in the House as H.R. 6201.  The final version is significantly scaled back from the origi
COVID-19 DOL- Department of Labor Paid Family Medical Leave
Coronavirus UPDATES Du Jour: Senate Passes and President Signs FMLA Expansion and Paid Sick Leave; State Paid Leave Laws – When & How Do They Apply?
dateMarch 19, 2020
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act In the past two days we have reported on the progress of House of Representatives Bill 6201 proposing expansions of the Family and Medical Leave Act and new
COVID-19 DOL- Department of Labor FMLA- Family and Medical Leave Act Paid Family Medical Leave
Coronavirus FMLA Update – (1) House Amends H.R. 6201; (2) Applying FMLA to COVID-19 to the Rest of the Employer World
dateMarch 17, 2020
Yesterday the U.S. House of Representatives passed some amendments to its Families First Coronavirus Response Act, H.R. 6201, originally passed just days ago on March 14.  You can read my origina
COVID-19 DOL- Department of Labor FMLA- Family and Medical Leave Act Paid Family Medical Leave
Coronavirus: The FMLA Amendments and Paid Leave
dateMarch 16, 2020
Like many employers nationwide, Matrix Absence Management looks and sounds a lot like COVID Central these days. Which is to say, we are watching closely each development as it unfolds, and then –
ADA- Americans with Disabilities Act EEOC- Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Paid Family Medical Leave
Coronavirus and the ADA – the EEOC Helps Out
dateMarch 03, 2020
 While there are countless articles online providing advice to employers about how to deal with the Coronavirus (now called COVID-19), here’s something that’s actually helpful: The Equal Employme
FMLA- Family and Medical Leave Act Lawsuits/Litigation
In Loco Parentis and Non-Traditional Caregiving Relationships
dateFebruary 04, 2020
Recently, an Ohio federal district court heard a lawsuit filed by an Apple employee whose sister was terminally ill and claimed FMLA entitlement for his request to care for his nieces and nephews. The
Paid Family Medical Leave State Leave and Paid Leave Programs
And Now . . . Washington D.C. PFML
dateJanuary 24, 2020
The next paid family and medical leave program to go live with payment of benefits – in the District of Columbia – is on the horizon.  D.C.’s Universal Paid Leave (UPL) program was passed in 201
DOL- Department of Labor EEOC- Equal Employment Opportunity Commission FMLA- Family and Medical Leave Act Lawsuits/Litigation
A year in review, a year ahead: A look at the DOL and EEOC
dateJanuary 19, 2020
Last month we provided a 2019 review and 2020 look ahead regarding leave law legislation.  You can find that post here.  Now let’s look at what the enforcement agencies accomplished in 2019
Paid Family Medical Leave State Leave and Paid Leave Programs
Washington PFML – The New Mandatory Notice to Employees: What You Need to Know about UBI Numbers, Supplemental Benefits, and STD Benefits
dateJanuary 04, 2020
PLEASE NOTE we had a few holiday technical difficulties here at Matrix-Radar, and this post was distributed in a timely fashion to Matrix clients through our account managers; but actual posting on th
Paid Family Medical Leave State Leave and Paid Leave Programs
Washington PFML Employer Notices Now Available – and Other Developments
dateJanuary 04, 2020
PLEASE NOTE we had a few holiday technical difficulties here at Matrix-Radar, and this post was distributed in a timely fashion to Matrix clients through our account managers; but actual posting on th
A year in review, a year ahead: A whole lotta stuff going on!
dateDecember 19, 2019
Take a deep breath and let’s review what happened in 2019, and what’s coming in 2020. First we will look at legislative activity. In another post we will check in with our favorite federal agencies, t
Hello Again, Washington Paid Family and Medical Leave
dateDecember 03, 2019
Here it comes!  Washington Paid Family and Medical Leave benefits are on the horizon, starting January 1.  While we’ve been a bit quiet about WA PFML on this blog lately, we’ve b
Keeping up with California – 2019 Legislative Recap
dateNovember 22, 2019
California employers perennially face challenges keeping up with the Golden State’s legislative developments, and the 2019 legislative session was certainly no exception! At Matrix Absence Management
Excess FMLA Absences: An Employer Success Story
dateNovember 13, 2019
What can an employer do when an employee takes intermittent FMLA leave in excess of the frequency and duration authorized by the health care provider’s certification?  In a good case for employer
ADA Alert:  The EEOC is Alive and Kicking
dateOctober 22, 2019
And sadly, so are disability and pregnancy discrimination. I receive press releases from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission several times each week.  Most of them trumpet new lawsui
CALIFORNIA EXTENDS ITS ORGAN DONOR LEAVE LAW
dateOctober 09, 2019
As our faithful readers know, we at Matrix Radar monitor state leave and accommodation law developments.  We have noticed that, in addition to the proliferation of state paid family leave laws, s
New York Adds Leave Law for Victims of Domestic Violence
dateSeptember 30, 2019
Effective November 18, 2019, New York employers with 4 or more employees must provide reasonable leave to employees who are victims of domestic violence.  With this law New York joins a growing n
FMLA and Employee Dual-Notice Procedures – Stand Your Ground but Be Clear about Your Policies
dateSeptember 16, 2019
  QUESTION:  Can an employer require an employee taking FMLA leave to report absences to both a supervisor and a leave administrator? ANSWER:  It depends – but probably yes.  Re
Massachusetts PFML Update – Now What’s Going On?
dateAugust 27, 2019
There are lots of moving parts in Massachusetts these days, as we get closer to implementation of the commonwealth’s paid family and medical leave (PFML) law. Over time we have published several artic
The DOL Gets Busy – New Opinion Letter, New Draft FMLA Cert Forms!
dateAugust 13, 2019
The Department of Labor rolled out two new developments last week just in time to leave for August vacations:  First, a new opinion letter addressing whether FMLA covers time taken for specialize
Oregon Becomes the 10th (9th?) State to Enact Paid Family and/or Medical Leave Legislation
dateAugust 07, 2019
It’s getting hard to come up with creative captions for articles about these new state paid family and medical leave laws.  And darn it, can we say Oregon is the 10th state when one of the jurisd
FMLA 2nd and 3rd Opinion Process: A powerful tool to manage intermittent FMLA
dateJuly 29, 2019
Readers of DMEC @Work Magazine know I have been writing a series of articles on recommended best practices using the 2nd and 3rd opinion process to manage intermittent FMLA leave.  Readers of thi
Accommodation Delayed is Not (Necessarily) Accommodation Denied
dateJuly 25, 2019
 “This is a case about a civil servant’s dissatisfaction with the government’s sluggishness in accommodating her disability. While delay is no doubt frustrating, it is not, in this case, unlawful
OREGON JUMPS ON THE BANDWAGON – NEW PROTECTIONS FOR PREGNANT EMPLOYEES
dateJune 27, 2019
Oregon has passed a law requiring employers with 6 or more employees to grant reasonable accommodations, absent undue hardship, to employees and applicants with known limitations related to pregnancy,
Stop the Presses (Again): Massachusetts PFML Final Regulations and Bond Form have arrived
dateJune 25, 2019
Last week the Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave issued the final PFML regulations AND the form for the bond required of self-funded private plans.  Here’s the rundown on both.&
Massachusetts Passes Lightning Bill to Delay Some PFML Dates--AND, the Final Regulations are Here!
dateJune 19, 2019
In a coordinated move so fast it makes your head spin, the Massachusetts governor and legislature have passed the promised bill to delay by 3 months the start of employer and employee contributions to
Massachusetts Announces Likely 3-Month Delay in Collecting PFML Premium Contributions
dateJune 12, 2019
Vast amounts of uncertainty and unanswered questions surround the Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave program.  The law currently provides that employers participating in the plan adminis
KENTUCKY PASSES LAW REQUIRING REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS FOR PREGNANT EMPLOYEES
dateMay 14, 2019
On April 9, 2019, the Governor of Kentucky signed Senate Bill 18, making it the latest state to pass legislation requiring employers, absent undue hardship, to grant reasonable accommodation(s) to emp
Good News for Massachusetts Employers – A Delay of Pending Deadlines (and a Word on Taxes)
dateMay 02, 2019
That’s right, yet another Massachusetts paid family and medical leave update! Today’s news will be welcomed by Massachusetts employers, especially those considering whether to adopt a private pla
Massachusetts Announces PFML Private Plan Bond Requirements
dateApril 30, 2019
It seems like just yesterday (it was!) that we reported on significant new information and resources from the Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave that were released on Friday.  N
Hot Off the Presses: Yet Another MASS-ive Update!
dateApril 29, 2019
I had just exhaled after presenting our Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) webinars on April 23-24when the Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave unleashed a barrage of n
More MASS-ive Developments That You Need to Know (and DO) Now
dateApril 24, 2019
As you well know, employees and employers are responsible for contributions to the Massachusetts Family and Employment Security Trust Fund starting July 1, 2019.  On April 23 and 24, Yours Truly
Washington PFML Developments Keep Us Hopping
dateApril 08, 2019
April 8, 2019Despite my recent advice to Washington employers to “sit back and relax,” I now have to say: Don’t get too comfortable with all things Washington PFML.  Although employers have been
Falsified FMLA Certifications? Employer Doesn’t Have to be Inspector Clouseau to Support Honest Belief Defense!
dateApril 02, 2019
Marion Egler was employed as a Reservations Agent for American Airlines.  From 2006 through 2013, she applied and was approved for, FMLA on thirty-four separate occasions.  In November
MASS-ive developments in Paid Family Medical Leave law
dateMarch 21, 2019
Big dates are ahead in Massachusetts relating to its paid family and medical leave program.  The Department of Family and Medical Leave (DFML) has announced two key developments:Massachusetts PFM
DOL to Employers: If it’s FMLA, it’s FMLA. If it’s not, it’s not.
dateMarch 18, 2019
There is joy in my blessed li’l FMLA heart.  The US Department of Labor has issued a much-needed Opinion Letter addressing whether an employer or employee can elect not to apply the FMLA to a lea
Sit back and relax! Washington PFML reporting and payments to the state delayed by 3 months.
dateMarch 14, 2019
We know employers have been on the edge of their seats wondering when and how they can begin their required Washington paid family and medical leave reporting for Q1 slated for April 1-30.Well, calm y
Spice up your compliance with 50 Shades of FMLA!
dateMarch 04, 2019
Are you struggling to manage FMLA gray areas such as intermittent leave or suspicious leave requests from employees?The 2019 DMEC FMLA/ADA Employer Compliance Conference, May 6-9, in Portland, OR, is
New Jersey Forges Ahead with Increased Paid Family Leave Benefits and Job Protections
dateFebruary 27, 2019
As the first state to enact a mandated paid family leave law in 2009, New Jersey was the leader in this now-burgeoning field.   Currently, there are 4 states with PFL laws (CA, NJ, NY, RI),
Massachusetts PFML Again – But Not Yet
dateFebruary 14, 2019
In our last blog post about Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave (MA PFML), we boldly announced we would be holding Session 2 of our webinars on the law soon, targeting late February.  Wel
Massachusetts PFML Rolls Forward – Draft Regulations Released!
dateJanuary 25, 2019
You know you are a compliance geek when the bright spot of your week is the release of new leave law regulations!  Yes, I’m guilty as charged – but I know I’m not alone.  Here’s the scoop:On
Ladies and Gentlemen, Start your Engines! State Paid Family and Medical Leave Legislation for 2019 is Here
dateJanuary 03, 2019
Even before Baby New Year needs a diaper change, New Hampshire is first out of the gate with a redux of its 2018 paid family and medical leave (PFML) bill.  A copy of the 2019 version text is not
Matrix Compliance Experts Take the Stage!
dateDecember 11, 2018
Matrix’s Gail Cohen Co-Presents with EEOC Counsel at DMEC WebinarBy Gail Cohen, Director, Employment Law/ComplianceI had the privilege of presenting last week with Chris Kuczynski, Assistant Legal Cou
WASHINGTON STATE PAID FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE MOVES FORWARD STEP BY STEP
dateNovember 13, 2018
Employer Action Items and ResourcesWashington paid family and medical leave is coming (PFML). Although leaves and benefits aren’t available until January 1, 2020, employers have decisions to make befo
NEW YORK ADDS ORGAN DONATION TO STATE PAID FAMILY LEAVE REASONS
dateNovember 12, 2018
Last month we addressed some leave of absence bills pending in various state legislatures.  New York’s governor has signed one of these bills into law, adding organ and tissue donation to the def
MATRIX AND EEOC TO PRESENT AT DMEC ADA WEBINAR: The EEOC Weighs in on What Employers Still Get Wrong About the ADA
dateNovember 09, 2018
I am pleased to announce that Matrix will be presenting at an upcoming DMEC webinar on December 6, 2018.  Our co-presenter will be Chris Kuczynski, Assistant Legal Counsel and Director of the ADA
STATE LEAVE LAW UPDATES – WHAT’S HAPPENING IN YOUR NECK OF THE WOODS?
dateOctober 22, 2018
California – New leave reason under paid family leaveCalifornia’s paid family leave law (CA PFL) provides up to 6 weeks of paid (but not job protected) leave of absence for family reasons. Current bas
Feds Issue Guidance on Tax Credit for Paid Family and Medical Leave Benefits – and a Possible Extension?
dateSeptember 25, 2018
On September 24, 2018, the federal Office of Associate Chief Counsel (Tax Exempt and Government Entities) issued a Notice providing guidance on the employer tax credit for paid family and medical leav
Washington State PFML: Open for Business on Voluntary Plans; Proposed Phase Three Rules Released
dateSeptember 17, 2018
I wish I could receive Frequent Flyer miles for all the “trips” I am making back and forth between the East and West Coasts, covering developments in state paid family and medical leave programs. Th
Meanwhile, Back in New York  . . .  Increases in PFL Benefits, Durations, and Premiums
dateSeptember 05, 2018
Here we are, 8 months into the first year of paid family leave in the state of New York.  My attention, and that of many employers, has been diverted somewhat to the upcoming paid family and medi
DOL issues New “Safe Harbor” FMLA Certifications
dateSeptember 05, 2018
The Department of Labor recently issued updated versions of certifications employers can use when employees ask for FMLA leave. The new certifications are in effect until August 31, 2021. However, onl
New DOL FMLA Opinion Letters – Organ Donation and No-Fault Attendance Policies
dateAugust 31, 2018
Occasionally the U.S. Department of Labor issues opinion letters as a means of providing interpretive guidance on the FMLA. An opinion letter is an official, written opinion by the Wage and Hour Divis
Bring it On – Washington Paid Family and Medical Leave!
dateAugust 23, 2018
Reliance Standard and Matrix are planning a series of Webinars to keep you up to date on this topic. The first series will be August 28 and 29, 2018 @ 11:00 am PDT / 2:00 pm EDT and will be hosted by
The Work/Life Squeeze – Focus on Caregiver Leaves
dateAugust 06, 2018
It is not often that trends in life, legal issues, and employment practices coincide, but we are in that situation now.  Increasing numbers of employees have caregiver responsibilities for family
The Essence of Parental Leaves – Treating Fathers Differently Costs Estée Lauder $1.1 Million and Much More
dateJuly 26, 2018
Perfume and cosmetics giant Estée Lauder has agreed to pay $1.1 million to a class of male employees who received less bonding leave and less return to work job flexibility than their female counterpa
An ADA Tale of Vaccine Exemptions, Employer Notice, and the Interactive Process
dateJuly 16, 2018
A recent case involving controversy about mandatory vaccines teaches two ADA lessons:A doctor’s note may be sufficient notice to an employer of a disability andaccommodation request.If you do somethin
Hawaii Enacts Law to Require Analysis for Paid Family Leave
dateJuly 13, 2018
Hawaii is moving closer to a paid family leave program with legislation signed by the Governor on July 5.  The law does not enact a PFL law but requires the state Legislative Reference Bureau to
California Updates Its Paid Family Leave Law with a Clean-Up Bill
dateJuly 12, 2018
NOTE TO READERS:  This topic was originally addressed in this blog on July 12, 2018.  That post sparked some questions about the California Paid Family Leave program that make it appropriate
Undue hardship?  You’d better really mean it.
dateJuly 05, 2018
An employer was recently caught “crying wolf” with regard to a claim of undue hardship.  The result?  The employer will have to prove in a jury trial that its assertion was not a pretext for
A “Grand Bargain” – Massachusetts Enacts Paid Medical and Family Leave
dateJune 29, 2018
Governor Charlie Baker signed a bill on June 28 making Massachusetts the seventh jurisdiction to enact paid family and medical leave (PFML).  The paid leave provisions are part of a so-called Gra
Matrix’s Gail Cohen on ADA Panel at EEOC Regional Meeting
dateJune 25, 2018
Many of you know my colleague, Gail Cohen, an attorney who works closely with me at Matrix and assists our clients, consultants, and others with ADA and leave of absence issues.  Gail recently pa
Colorado Passes Living Donor Leave Act
dateJune 21, 2018
Tax credits to reward good employer policies?  Offering tax credits to encourage paid leaves of absence is cropping up more often recently.  The federal government included a tax incentive i
South Carolina Enacts Pregnancy Accommodations Law
dateJune 18, 2018
South Carolina has joined a legion of other states by passing a law that provides workplace protections and accommodations for women affected by pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions,
Vermont Crime Victims Leave Law About to Debut
dateJune 13, 2018
Many states require employers to allow employees to take time off from work for court proceedings in which they are a victim or witness.  Most of these laws are very general and do not provide
Washington State Issues First Phase of Paid Family and Medical Leave Regulations
dateJune 05, 2018
In 2017 Washington State was the fifth state to pass a paid family and medical leave law. The law requires employers to provide up to 18 weeks of paid, job-protected leave per 52-week period due
“Because I Said So!” – Following the FMLA Late Certification Rule
dateMay 11, 2018
Employers now know that they have to follow FMLA regulations “because I said so!”  That was the declaration from Helen Applewhaite, DOL Branch Chief for FMLA, in a moment of levity when I asked w
USERRA – A Leave Law Like No Other – Part 2
dateApril 25, 2018
Our most recent blog post started our review of USERRA – the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act.  The requirements of USERRA are surprising compared to other leave laws, bu
Don't Miss It: THE 2018 DMEC FMLA/ADA EMPLOYER COMPLIANCE CONFERENCE
dateApril 24, 2018
Join your peers and prepare to confidently tackle your organization’s FMLA/ADA challenges at the 2018 DMEC FMLA/ADA Employer Compliance Conference, Apr. 30-May 3, in Orlando!This year, Matrix Absence
USERRA - A Leave Law Like No Other
dateApril 04, 2018
One of my favorite leave law training topics for employers is USERRA – the Uniformed Services Employment  and Reemployment Rights Act.  As the name implies, this is the law that provide
Washington State Amends Its Personal Protection Leave Law
dateMarch 19, 2018
We previously blogged about the rise in the number of state laws protecting victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, or similar personal crimes.  Such laws typically prohibit emplo
Just when you thought you might be getting the hang of New York Paid Family Leave...
dateMarch 12, 2018
The New York state legislature introduced a bill proposing to expand the coverage of paid leave.  See NY S 7723.  As with so much of the NY PFL law and regulations, the proposed bill – if en
The FMLA is 25!
dateFebruary 02, 2018
Happy Birthday!  Monday February 5 marks 25 years since the Family and Medical Leave Act was signed into law.  I was in private practice when the law passed, and I recall an associate with o
Reassignment as an ADA Accommodation: To Compete or Not to Compete?
dateFebruary 01, 2018
Good news for employers: Depending where your employees are located, you might not have to grant reassignment without competition as a reasonable ADA accommodation.As we administer our ADA management
And Now There are Nine – Maryland Passes Paid Sick and Safe Leave
dateJanuary 18, 2018
On January 12, 2018, Maryland became the ninth state to require employers to provide paid sick and safe leave to employees (joining Arizona, Connecticut, California, Massachusetts, Oregon, Vermont, Wa
DOL Announces ERISA Disability Claims Handling Rules Will Go into Effect AS IS on April 1, 2018
dateJanuary 08, 2018
On Friday, January 5, 2018, the U.S. Department of labor issued a press release announcing that the Final Rule amending the regulations governing claims handling procedures for ERISA disability claims
The Needle in the Tax Bill Haystack – A Paid Family & Medical Leave Tax Credit
dateJanuary 04, 2018
 One might think that the Trump administration would trumpet (ahem . . . ) the supposed family-friendly and employer-friendly provisions of the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.  Not so.  A li
Mental Stability & ADA Evaluations - Part 2: "Regarded As" Liability
dateDecember 26, 2017
This is our second entry in this series of 3 blog posts on mental examinations and the Americans with Disabilities Act.  For the first article, discussing ADA mental examinations and the employer
Mental Stability & ADA Evaluations—Part 1: Safety
dateDecember 14, 2017
Consider this situation:  Your employee Melvin is exhibiting alarming behavior – aggressive interactionswith coworkers, loud banging of drawers and doors, unfounded suspicions of surveillance, in
DOL Announces 90-Day Delay of ERISA Disability Claims Rules Change
dateNovember 27, 2017
On Friday the U.S. Department of Labor today announced a 90-day delay – from January 1 to April 1, 2018 – of the applicability date for ERISA plans to comply with the December 16, 2016, “Final Rule” a
New York Makes Paid Family Leave “Notice to Employees” Available
dateNovember 14, 2017
Section 380-7.2.e. of the New York Paid Family Leave law requires employers to post a notice to employees of their rights under the law:Every covered employer must display or post, and keep posted, a
Federal Protections for Victims of Domestic Violence Proposed in US House and Senate
dateNovember 09, 2017
Identical bills that propose significant leave of absence rights and job protections for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking were introduced simultaneously in t
More ERISA: Update on the DOL’s Proposed Delay of the Disability Claims Handling Rules
dateNovember 03, 2017
Hello, all you ERISA folks.  How many of you are losing sleep over the new ERISA rules for disability claims handling?  As we previously discussed here, the DOL has proposed delaying the ef
The Headless Horseman – An ADA Halloween Tale
dateOctober 31, 2017
Business was great and Ichabod decided to expand his company, Crane’s Daylight Deliveries, to include Midnight Messengers.  Tired of whiling away his nighttime hours as a ghoul, Harry the Headles
Lucky Employer Skates on ADA Liability: Complaints about Noisy Workplace Not Enough to Put Employer on Notice of Need for ADA Accommodation.
dateOctober 30, 2017
Despite the common feeling that employers have the ADA deck stacked against them, a recent case shows that courts will still closely compare the facts of an ADA failure to accommodate claims against t
New York Releases Application and Certification Forms for Paid Family Leave
dateOctober 18, 2017
They’re out!  The long-awaited, much anticipated application and certification forms for New York Paid Family Leave (NY PFL) have been posted on the NY PFL website HERE!  I have reviewed the
California Expands CFRA Bonding Leave Coverage
dateOctober 18, 2017
California has enacted the New Parent Leave Act to amend the California Family Rights Act (CFRA).  Effective January 1, 2018, employers with 20 or more employees will be required to provide 12 we
DOL Proposes to Delay the Effective Date of ERISA Disability Claims Handling Rules and Seeks More Public Comment
dateOctober 10, 2017
 It’s a moving target, but we’re watching!  The amended ERISA disability claims handling rules  (the “Final Rule”) are set to go into effect for claims filed on or after January 1, 2018
New York Releases First Wave of Paid Family Leave Forms
dateOctober 06, 2017
 In something of a stealth move, the New York Workers’ Compensation Board has released three forms for employers’ use in administering and complying with the Paid Family Leave Law that provides b
Rhode Island Joins the Paid Sick and Safe Leave Bandwagon
dateOctober 05, 2017
Rhode Island has joined the plethora of states that have passed paid sick and safe leave legislation for the state’s workers. The Rhode Island “Healthy and Safe Families Workplace Act” (H5413/S290) wa
Pushing Back on the "Inadvertent Leave Law" - Court Rules that a Multi-Month Leave of Absence is not a Reasonable ADA Accommodation
dateSeptember 26, 2017
“How long of a leave of absence do I have to grant as an accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act?”I get this question frequently.  I have long advised that employers must consider
A Lesson in FMLA Damages: FMLA Retaliation in Layoff Costs Verizon Big Money
dateSeptember 20, 2017
Employers, when was the last time you asked the question “What could an FMLA suit potentially cost?” For Verizon, the answer was “a lot,” including a judgement that awarded $800,000+ to a former emplo
Tax Implications of New York Paid Family Leave Addressed
dateAugust 28, 2017
 The state of New York has released much-needed guidance on the tax implications of employee premium contributions and benefits under the state’s new Paid Family Leave (PFL), slated to go into ef
DOL Announces it will Review ERISA Claims Disability Handling Rules Slated for 1/1/2018
dateAugust 03, 2017
 As we all know, the ERISA disability claims handling rules were revised by the US Department of Labor, to be effective for claims filed on or after January 1, 2018.  As part of the ever-cha
Massachusetts Enacts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act
dateJuly 31, 2017
 The move toward significant workplace protections for pregnant employees continues state by state.  On July 27, 2017, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed House Bill 3680 establishin
New York Paid Family Leave – Final Regulations Out but No Surprises
dateJuly 20, 2017
On July 19, the New York Workers’ Compensation Board issued its final regulations in support of the state’s Paid Family Leave law (NY PFL), which requires employers to provide paid leave benefits to e
Leave rights for victims of domestic violence:  Growing need,  multi-state trend
dateJuly 13, 2017
& Gail Cohen, Director-Employment Law/Compliance If you don’t think you need to know about state leave laws that protect victims of domestic violence and similar crimes, consider this:More th
Hawaii adds siblings as a covered relationship for family leave
dateJuly 13, 2017
   On July 10, 2017, the governor of Hawaii signed an amendment to the state’s family leave law, adding siblings as a family member for whom an employee can take leave.  The amendm
Ten Years Later, Washington State Makes Its Paid Family Leave Dream a Reality
dateJuly 06, 2017
The state of Washington has enacted a law requiring paid family and medical leave for eligible employees.  The state was on the forefront of the paid family leave movement when it passed a paid p
Welcome Back, FMLA Opinion Letters: A Good Move by the DOL
dateJuly 05, 2017
One of the challenges of administering leaves under the Family and Medical Leave Act is dealing with issues not well addressed by the law and the regulations – and there are many.  How long can a
FMLA Breaking News – DOL Withdraws 2016 Broad Interpretation on Joint Employment
dateJune 07, 2017
Many employers might be in a joint employment relationship with a business partner and not realize it.  Joint employment can create or increase employer liability under the FMLA.On January 20, 20
NEW YORK HONING IN: Paid Family Leave Revised Regulations are Out, but Still Not Final
dateMay 29, 2017
The New York Workers’ Compensation Board has issued revised regulations interpreting and supporting the state’s Paid Family Leave law that will start providing employees with pay benefits on January 1
High Points in Recent FMLA Case Law
dateMay 11, 2017
Last week I had the distinct pleasure of co-presenting one of the opening general sessions at the Disability Management Employer Coalition Compliance Conference with my buddy and fellow blogger, Jeff
ADA Views – Direct from the EEOC!
dateMay 08, 2017
Q:   What do attendance, a deaf lifeguard, and an “accidental leave law” have in common?A:    They are all topics addressed by an EEOC representative at Matrix’s recent Client
Walking the walk on service dogs in the workplace
dateApril 12, 2017
Bradley Arndt v. Ford Motor Company, 2017 WL 1196442 (E.D. Michigan March 29, 2017)If you’ve been in a shopping center or an airport lately then you know that the prevalence of service dogs is on the
Don’t Forget About Accommodation Obligations during the Application Process – The EEOC is On It!
dateMarch 24, 2017
& Marti Cardi, VP-Product ComplianceIt appears the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has added a new focus to its enforcement efforts.  In its latest Strategic Enforcement Plan, the EEO
New York Paid Family Leave – Proposed Regulations Announced
dateMarch 02, 2017
The New York Paid Family Leave act goes into effect on January 1, 2018.  This law provides both job protection similar to the FMLA, and also provides a pay benefit to employees during covered lea
Pregnancy Issues Continue to Expand: Company Fired Pregnant Employee For Her Own Good
dateFebruary 17, 2017
Enforcement and legislative attention continue to increase around pregnant employees and pregnancy-related conditions in the workplace.  The message to employers?  Treat a pregnant employee
Paid Parental Leave 2017:  It’s Not Your Mama’s Maternity Leave
dateJanuary 31, 2017
We’ve all seen the headlines over the past two years:  “XYZ Company Adopts Expansive Paid Parental Leave Policy.”  News coverage of paid parental leave (PPL) increased tremendously in 2015-2
A Game Changer: DOL Releases New ERISA Disability Claims Rules
dateJanuary 04, 2017
Claimants under ERISA disability plans will soon have a better chance to understand and contest any denial of disability benefits.  After years of litigation flowing from disability benefits deni
EEOC Heightens Focus on Mental Health and the Workplace with New Employee Q&A
dateDecember 14, 2016
At Matrix Absence Management, we are seeing an increase in workplace accommodation requests due to mental health impairments, including modified work schedules and work-from-home arrangements. &n
NEW!  San Francisco Issues Draft Rules for Paid Parental Leave
dateNovember 23, 2016
For those readers who do not have California employees, I have 2 things to say:  First, lucky you!  Second, hang in there with me – I promise some non-California blog posts in the near futur
Employee Reports FMLA for One Workday in the Middle of Vacation
dateNovember 16, 2016
Plaintiff Masoud Sharif and his wife were employed by United Airlines at the Dulles Airport in Washington, D.C.  He and his wife took vacation to South Africa from March 16 to April 4, 2014. 
Election 2016 – What Happens With Paid Family and Medical Leave?
dateNovember 09, 2016
The party’s over It’s time to call it a day…Whew!  Whether you’re nursing an electoral hangover or still on an adrenaline high, it is a relief to have the election over with and return to normal
California Risks Reputation as Leading Leave Haven
dateOctober 10, 2016
California is often commended – or condemned? – as the nation’s leader in rights for the state’s workers. Indeed, in late September California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill requiring employers to
What Employers Need to Know about Caregiver Protections under the ADA, FMLA, Title VII... and in California
dateAugust 24, 2016
With many employees living life as the “Sandwich Generation,” job protections for family caregivers are becoming ever more important.  An August 18 blog post from the US Department of Labor
Illinois Passes Child Bereavement Leave Act – Second after Oregon to provide bereavement leave
dateAugust 02, 2016
Illinois has passed a law to provide job-protected bereavement leave upon the death of an employee’s child.  The law became effective on July 29, 2016, when it was signed by Illinois governor Bru
Light Summer Reading from the Department of Labor
dateJuly 21, 2016
Back in April the U.S. Department of Labor unveiled its new Employer’s Guide to the Family and Medical Leave Act.  (Our report is here.) The Guide was released to coincide with the annual FM
Breaking news! Matrix’s new experience data provides the first clear snapshot of employers' ADA exposure
dateJuly 13, 2016
I am proud to announce that Matrix has unveiled the first credible benchmarking and data analysis of employer experiences related to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The data is important fo
No Bones About It – Donor Leave Laws Continue to Increase
dateJune 24, 2016
Wisconsin Supports Its Donor Employees Next week Wisconsin joins the growing list of states with laws mandating leave of absence for employees to donate organs, bone marrow, blood, and other types of
Still More on Leave of Absence as an ADA Accommodation – Jeff Nowak and EEOC Commissioner Feldblum to Co-Star
dateMay 26, 2016
The absence management world has been abuzz lately due to the release by the EEOC of a new resource document, Employer-Provided Leave and the Americans with Disabilities Act.  I wrote about this
Lowe’s to pay $8.6 million in yet another EEOC case involving inflexible leave policies
dateMay 23, 2016
Employers, if you haven’t fixed this issue yet, get out from under that rock! If an employee with a disability exhausts leave time provided by company policy or by a law such as the FMLA, you have tw
Leave as ADA Accommodation:  EEOC Releases New Resource Document – But Nothing’s New
dateMay 10, 2016
Yesterday, the EEOC released a Resource Document titled Employer-Provided Leave and the Americans with Disabilities Act. We in the employer community have been awaiting EEOC guidance on this hot
An Excellent Week for FMLA/ADA Geeks
dateMay 02, 2016
One of Matrix’s promises to our clients it to be on top of developments in the world of accommodations and leaves of absence.  One way we do this is to develop relationships with the head honchos
DOL Announces New FMLA Employer’s Guide
dateApril 25, 2016
Ta da!   Today the U.S. Department of Labor unveiled its long-awaited, brand-spankin’-new Employer’s Guide to the Family and Medical Leave Act.  The DOL has been promising this Guide fo
ADA Pings from National Experts
dateApril 22, 2016
Today I want to share some short but pithy guidance on the ADA.  I had the privilege of attending the annual ADA and FMLA Compliance Conference presented by the National Employment Law Institute
What NOT To Do When The EEOC Asks For Names
dateApril 19, 2016
When the EEOC asks you for the names and contact information of employees who worked with the charging party, what should you do?  Connecticut employer Day & Zimmerman NPS, Inc. (DZNPS) recen
1, 2, 3, Leave!  California, San Francisco, and New York State Pass New or Increased Paid Family Leave Benefits
dateApril 12, 2016
As the federal government dithers, states and municipalities continue to be proactive in passing paid family leave laws (PFLs). Read on for information about the laws passed by the latest members of t
Employers, Learn this Lesson:  Identify Essential Functions in Your Job Descriptions
dateApril 05, 2016
An employer’s dream (nightmare, that is):  Pfizer, Inc., gets the chance to convince a jury that driving is an essential function of its pharmaceutical sales representative position.  Don’t
Staying Awake is a Business Necessity for Any Employee
dateFebruary 10, 2016
Unfortunately, nearly every employer has caught an employee sleeping on the job. But what if that employee attributes his sleepiness to his disability?  What is the employer’s obligation to accom
Caution, Joint Employers:  The DOL is Looking for YOU!
dateJanuary 26, 2016
Employers, it’s time to take a broad look at your relationships with your workers.  Joint employer compliance with the FMLA is on the DOL’s radar, and the agency is finding many businesses short
ADA Accommodations – Reassignment Redux 
dateJanuary 24, 2016
Not long ago we addressed job reassignment as the ADA “accommodation of last resort.”  In a nutshell, the ADA requires an employer to consider reassignment of a disabled employee to a vacant posi
Court to EEOC:  “Teamwork” Does Not Replace Performing Essential Functions of Position
dateJanuary 21, 2016
In a case against auto parts retailer AutoZone, the EEOC asserted that AutoZone should accommodate an employee with a disability by enforcing its “teamwork” company policy.  Problem is, according
Reassignment – Don’t Forget the ADA “Accommodation of Last Resort”
dateDecember 16, 2015
Updated 2/1/2018: Reassignment as an ADA Accommodation: To Compete or Not to Compete?When good faith efforts during the interactive process fail to yield an effective accommodation for the employee&rs
Invigorating, Inspiring, and Intriguing? No, Just a California Disability Insurance – Voluntary Plan Update
dateNovember 20, 2015
On November 16, I attended the meeting of the California Voluntary Plan Advisory Group (VPAG). This is a group that meets twice a year to discuss issues relating to California disability insuran
Witch Warts are Covered by FMLA?
dateOctober 30, 2015
Wanda the Witch works as an administrative assistant for Stir the Pot, Inc., a cauldron manufacturer. Wanda is tired of seeing all her warts in the mirror and getting shunned at work. She schedules fa
Nuts and Bolts and ADA
dateOctober 29, 2015
Frankenstein works for All Hallows Reconstruction, Inc., a company that produces nuts, bolts, and other metal products.   Frankenstein works on the production line operating a magnetic calib
Can a Ghost Qualify for FMLA Leave?
dateOctober 28, 2015
Q:  Whisper the Ghost is having problems with his visibility controls and is constantly transparent. Can he take FMLA leave from his long-time job as desk clerk at the Stanley Hotel until he can
Part II: Just for Grins – How Many Leave Laws DOES California Have?
dateOctober 21, 2015
Yesterday, observing that having employees in California can be quite a challenge, we reviewed the recent amendments to leave-related laws passed (and vetoed) in California.  You can find that po
Part I: California Continues Reign as Leave Law Leader
dateOctober 20, 2015
Mention that you have employees in California, and every HR professional and employment lawyer in the room will feel your pain.  With over a dozen laws that provide employees with leaves of
PART II: FMLA? No, no, no! The employee does NOT get to choose!
dateOctober 06, 2015
Last week, we reviewed the facts and court ruling in Amstutz v. Liberty Center Board of Education, which I called an “unfortunate decision” for employers even though the defendan
Part I: FMLA? No, no, no! The employee does NOT get to choose!
dateOctober 02, 2015
This is part one of a two-part article. Look for the conclusion next week.According to the US Department of Labor, an employee does not get to choose whether to count a qualifying absence as FMLA
Do Your Homework on School Activities Leave
dateSeptember 21, 2015
Q:  What do school buses and lunch boxes have to do with leaves of absence?A:  A lot, if you live in a state with “school activities” leave.School is back in session and along with it comes
Matrix zoom! No longer flying under the Radar
dateSeptember 07, 2015
Welcome to Matrix-Radar.com – your new source for reliable, pertinent, and timely information about managing employee leaves of absence and accommodations.In this inaugural blog post, I want to
Free webinar encore: Ensuring compliance post-ADAAA
dateSeptember 06, 2015
With the passing of 2009’s Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA), the scope and impact of the original Act was materially expanded: Today fully 19% of working Americans are clas
Kathy Ireland helps tell the Matrix story
dateSeptember 01, 2015
A good story calls for a good storyteller — and a large audience. The Matrix Absence Management story recently got both, when Matrix President Ken Cope stopped by to chat with Kathy Ireland on her syn