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FMLA Amendments

Published by on January 29, 2008

President Bush has signed legislation amending the FMLA that will permit a “spouse, son, daughter, parent, or next of kin” to take up to 26 workweeks of leave to care for a “member of the Armed Forces, including a member of the National Guard or Reserves, who is undergoing medical treatment, recuperation, or therapy, is otherwise in outpatient status, or is otherwise on the temporary disability retired list, for a serious injury or illness.”  The amendments also provide leave to family ...

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Unused Vacation Pay Must Be Paid To Departing Employees In Maryland

Published by on January 25, 2008

UPDATE (2016): Maryland employers with a written policy limiting the accrual of paid leave to employees can cap payout upon employee termination so long as employers comply with amendments to Maryland Wage Payment and Collection Law. Please see our update here. The Maryland Department of Labor has changed its position on whether unused vacation time is a “wage” under Maryland law. ...

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Recent Jury Verdicts And Settlements

Published by on January 24, 2008

Houston, TX -- Firefighter wins $125,000 in suit over retaliatory demotion after prior age discrimination victory. Tulsa, OK -- Pro se litigant wins $300,000 in discrimination case.  Judge orders retrial of $150,000 back pay verdict.  Plaintiff wins $15,000 in back pay on retrial.  Final award amounts to approximately $167,000.  The defendant intends to appeal. NC -- The EEOC announced the settlement of a racial harassment lawsuit for $465,000 by a North Carolina furniture company.  The ...

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