Employer E-mail Could Show FMLA Bias

November 1, 2011 (PLANSPONSOR.com) – A federal appellate court has determined that an employer’s reference of an employee’s Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave in an e-mail recommending his termination could be considered retaliation under the FMLA.

TASC Acquires HFS Benefits

October 24, 2011 (PLANSPONSOR.com) – Total Administrative Services Corporation (TASC) announced the acquisition of Hirsch Financial Services (HFS) Benefits, a Maryland-based third-party administrator. 

Senator Introduces Parental Bereavement Act

July 21, 2011 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - Senator Jon Tester (D-Montana) has introduced a bill that would allow parents grieving the death of a child to receive up to 12 weeks of job-protected time-off under the Family Medical Leave Act.

Employer Cleared of FMLA Wrongdoing

March 15, 2011 (PLANSPONSOR.com) – A federal appellate court has upheld a lower court decision sanctioning the firing of an employee for not properly communicating with his supervisor while on family leave.

Boehner Plans to Defend DOMA

March 4, 2011 (PLANSPONSOR.com) – House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) says he plans to take action in support of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA):  


DoL Started Attorney Referral System for FLSA Claims

February 7, 2011 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - Beginning on December 13, 2010, when Fair Labor Standards Act or Family and Medical Leave Act complainants are informed that the Wage and Hour Division is declining to pursue their complaints, they will also be given a toll-free number to contact a newly created ABA-Approved Attorney Referral System.

Court Reinstates FMLA Claim against Law Firm

July 1, 2010 (PLANSPONSOR.com) – A federal appellate court has reinstated part of a lawsuit filed by a legal secretary against the Ballard Spahr LLP law firm which alleges the firm interfered with her right to take family leave. 

DoL Includes Non-Traditional Families in FMLA Interpretation

 June 23, 2010 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - The U.S. Department of Labor has clarified the definition of "son and daughter" under the Family and Medical Leave Act to ensure that an employee who assumes the role of caring for a child receives parental rights to family leave regardless of the legal or biological relationship.  

Bay State Senate OKs Domestic Violence Leave Law

May 17, 2010 (PLANSPONSOR.com) – The Massachusetts Senate has unanimously approved a measure requiring employers to give employees who are victims of domestic violence up to 15 days off, paid or unpaid, to seek medical or legal help.

‘Faith Healing’ Trip Not an FMLA-Authorized Event

February 10, 2010 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - A former clerk for a Burlington, Massachusetts, hospital was not entitled to take medical leave for a seven-week Philippines trip during which she and her seriously ill husband attended a faith-healing event, a judge has ruled.