Can I terminate an employee who does not return from leave?

By: | 08.20.19 | Common HR Questions
Sound familiar? The question of how to respond appropriately when an employee has exceeded his or her approved leave time is one frequently encountered by the MEA Legal and Compliance Team. Members often turn to MEA in search of resolution to this common yet complex sit...

What are my obligations for accommodating a lactating employee in the workplace?

By: | 07.01.19 | Common HR Questions
Earlier this year, an Arizona jury found in favor of a breastfeeding paramedic, awarding the nursing mother $3.8 million for her lawsuit alleging that she was not provided a lactation space as required by federal law (Clark v. City of Tucson, No. 14-02543 (D. Ariz. Apr...

Is obesity considered a disability under the ADA?

By: | 06.10.19 | Common HR Questions
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately forty percent of American adults are considered obese. In 2013, the American Medical Association officially recognized obesity as a disease. With the prevalence of obesity in our society, ...

Heard on the Employer’s Hotline – Part Two

By: | 05.22.19 | Common HR Questions
In part one, we reviewed 3 questions we have received recently on the employer’s hotline. While we discussed these questions briefly at the 2019 HR & Employment Law Conference, we share more detailed responses here. These are real questions (some details may ...

Heard on the Employer’s Hotline – Part One

By: | 05.09.19 | Common HR Questions
Thank you to all members and friends who attended MEA’s HR & Employment Law Conference, held on May 2, 2019. As part of the conference, we circulated several questions that have been “Heard on the MEA Hotline” over the past several months. These a...

How much communication is acceptable while an employee is on FMLA leave?

By: | 03.04.19 | Common HR Questions
Murphy’s law suggests that, even with careful planning, as soon as an employee goes out on Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave, the employee’s supervisor is going to need to ask the employee a question: for example, where to locate a document or to ge...