Employers should stop and look both ways at the intersection of FMLA and ADA

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This article was originally published in The Daily Record March 3, 2016. 

A couple of months ago a new client called wanting an explanation of the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”), did it applied to her small business, and if so, how to handle an employee’s request for leave. Knowing that the client has at least 50 employees all located within a 75 mile radius, I explained that the FMLA provides up to 12 workweeks of unpaid leave (26 weeks for military caregivers), benefits protection, and job reinstatement to eligible employees who experience an FMLA-qualifying event or condition. Based on the situation, the remainder of our discussion focused primarily on leave for an employee’s own serious health condition. Continue reading