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Maternity Leave Laws

Need a sample maternity leave policy? Information on pregnancy disability leave? We can help with the latest on topics like disability maternity leave.

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Discrimination complaints in 2007 saw their largest annual increase since the early 1990s, as the EEOC reported double-digit percentage hikes in almost every kind of discrimination charge. Race discrimination continued to lead the field, but for the first time, retaliation was the second most common complaint. Will the new statistics embolden more employees—and their attorneys—to bring charges against you?
In recent months, the EEOC has made a lot of noise about new initiatives to combat workplace discrimination. Three of the most prominent include (1) the E-RACE Initiative, (2) employment testing and (3) protections for caregivers ... 
When it comes to discrimination claims, timing can be everything. An employer that discharges or demotes a pregnant employee (or one who has just given birth) is asking for a discrimination or retaliation lawsuit. If you have a poorly performing employee who is pregnant or just gave birth, don’t do anything adverse until she has returned to work for some time ...
Not every employee wants to take FMLA leave, and employers sometimes don’t designate paid time off as FMLA time. But an employee doesn’t have to request FMLA leave in order to be protected by the law. That means you can’t refuse to reinstate an employee when she returns from leave. Doing so would amount to interference with the right to FMLA leave ...
Q. Our company is trying to reduce our medical insurance costs. I have been asked whether we could eliminate coverage for contraceptives. If we provide health care that includes a prescription drug benefit, are we required to provide coverage for contraceptives? ...
Fortune magazine recently published its 2008 list of “100 Best Companies to Work For,” and two Minnesota companies made the list. The Mayo Clinic ranked 59th, and General Mills came in 69th ...
Q. An employee with asthma got medical certification for her intermittent FMLA leave. It said her expected absence frequency was three to five times per month. This month, she took six days off. Must we count the last day as intermittent leave, or can we rely on the upper estimate from her doctor? — B.L., Missouri ...

HR Law 101: One of the toughest problems for employers is figuring out which law applies to a particular condition: the FMLA, workers' comp or the ADA. The relationship between the FMLA and other federal and state statutes is clear: The law that provides the greatest benefits to the employee applies ...

To avoid losing essential and talented employees, some organizations make promises about continued employment that later turn out to be hard to keep. It’s especially common in organizations going through transitions, such as mergers or moves to outsource internal functions. But the tactic can backfire ...

Fortunately for employers, not every temporary physical restriction is a disability under the ADA. Before you entertain accommodations, look at the claimed disability and decide whether the problem will resolve itself within a reasonable time frame or if it permanently impairs a major life function ...

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