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Family and Medical Leave Act Archives

20th anniversary of FMLA begs employment rights questions

This week marked a very important milestone in federal employment law. Twenty years ago Tuesday the Family and Medical Leave Act became law. Many people in Maryland are most familiar with the FMLA as the law that grants working mothers maternity leave; however the FMLA actually affords various leave rights to workers.

Are independent contractors considered employees?

Many companies hire out for independent contractors in order to supplement their workforce and assume that all legal obligations and benefits are dealt with through and by the staffing company which provides them. What they don't realize is that when it comes to certain benefits, the relational status between the staffing company, employer, and independent contractor can sometimes blur the lines that define who is on the hook and to what extent.

In Virginia, councilman wants to end ex-fire chief's FMLA pay

Under federal law, most workers have the right to take 12 weeks of job-protected leave for the birth or the adoption of a child, a medical issue, or to care for a sick child, spouse or parent, among a couple of additional situations. Often, employers do not realize the rights that employees have under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act, and they sometimes wrongly deny this right.

Are Maryland workers up against caregiver discrimination?

Many Maryland workers whose parents are aging may be going through the unique transition of becoming their parents' caregivers. Caring for an older parent is becoming a new challenge for many Metro D.C. families as changing demographics mean more households have two people in the workforce and more Americans are reaching older ages.

In Maryland, how do paternity leave rights stack up?

Under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act, new parents are allowed to take up to 12 weeks of paid leave following the birth of a child. However, companies with less than 50 employees are not required to offer maternity or paternity leave, and no companies are required to pay employees for these leaves of absence.

Appeals court says employers must communicate FMLA to workers

Employees in Maryland, D.C. and Virginia have rights to take leave under both state law and the federal Family and Medical Leave Act. The laws pertain to leaves associated with the employee's health or medical condition, or that of an employee's family members. Often, either the employer or the employee is not exactly sure how these rights work.

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