April 10, 2019 I had the honor of addressing a large group for the Livonia Chamber of Commerce event, “Forum for Employers in an Era of Recreational Marijuana.” As an added bonus, WWJ Radio did an exclusive interview with the panelists, which aired shortly after the event.
Should an employer and employee be allowed to agree to delay or extend FMLA leave? In the past, those arrangements allowed employees to use paid time off (PTO) either before the start of FMLA leave or to extend the duration of FMLA leave. However, a recent change in position at the Department of Labor makes this type of employee-friendly arrangement a violation of the FMLA.
With this first post, I simply want to lay out what you can expect to see from me.
As a labor and employment attorney, I focus on all aspects of workplace relationships. This may include unionized workplaces as well as non-union shops.
From the standpoint of an employer, it’s so important to structure policies, practices, and contracts in a way that increases operational efficiency and also manages risk exposure for employment practices. Once a lawsuit or an administrative charge hits, then it’s time to consider a range of dispute resolution options.
It is equally important for an employee to understand his or her role in the workplace, including the rights and responsibilities that he or she has. This all starts pre-employment. Many employees don’t have negotiated contracts, and that’s okay. But it’s still crucial for employees to know what’s on the line if things go south.
I write about labor and employment and business law issues that are relevant to current events and trends that I’m seeing. Please, if you have any general questions or comments or topic suggestions, I’m happy to discuss!