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The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals has finally settled a key question: Can employers and employees settle FMLA disputes without having to get either court or Department of Labor approval? The court said yes, such cases can be settled between the parties without outside interference. That’s good news.
The EEOC recently issued long-awaited final regulations to the ADA Amendments Act, clarifying many of the confusing provisions contained in the 2009 law. The final regulations further expand the ADAAA’s goal of broadening the definition of “disability” under the ADA. As a result, a greater number of employees will be covered under federal disability law and be eligible to file ADA-related claims.
You’ve heard the expression “the world’s going to the dogs.” Well, that just became truer than ever. The U.S. Department of Justice recently revised the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) rules on when service animals are allowed in shops, restaurants and other public-access buildings. And the DOJ has clarified that service animals that provide help for psychiatric impairments are covered under the ADA ...
States that borrow from the federal government to pay regular unemployment benefits must pay back those loans, including interest. The 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act waived interest payments for two years, but that provision expired at the end of last year, leaving an estimated 30 states to face a financial bind. President Obama’s 2012 budget proposal contains relief for strapped states and employers.