Federal and state laws impose various obligations on employers to provide qualified employees with paid or unpaid time off. The myriad of applicable laws makes compliance a challenge. However, keeping current on these obligations will help avoid misunderstandings and potential legal liability in the future.
CHA keeps hospital human resources executives apprised of developments in this area throughout the year, and provides a comprehensive summary at the Annual Labor and Employment Law seminar.
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued a revised fact sheet providing guidance to employers on the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The updated fact sheet modifies the definition of “spouse” in light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage decision, United States v. Windsor. In Windsor, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) that defined marriage as only between a man and a woman. The court found that defining marriage to exclude same-sex unions is unconstitutional and violated the equal protections afforded by the Fifth Amendment of the Constitution.