Staples settle allegations of violating FMLA for $275,000 in South Carolina

May 28, 2015 – Staples, Inc. and Staples Contract and Commercial, Inc. Settle Allegations that it violated the Family Medical Leave Act for $275,000 COLUMBIA, South Carolina —-  United States Attorney Bill Nettles announced today that the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of South Carolina, working alongside the United States Department of Labor, […]

Senators bill will amend FMLA to protect grieving parents from job loss

(U.S. Senate) – Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), and Edward Markey (D-Mass.) are introducing legislation to protect grieving parents from losing their jobs in the event of their child’s death. The Parental Bereavement Act would amend the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to give parents up to […]

President Obama Updates Federal Leave Policies for Childbirth, Adoption and Foster care

1.15.2015 – Today, President Barack Obama issued a memo that modernizes ‘Federal Leave Policies for Childbirth, Adoption and Foster Care to Recruit and Retain Talent and Improve Productivity.’ Obama’s Memorandum is “bringing the federal government’s paid leave policies closer in line with those of industry-leading companies” that will ensure that “most federal employees have access […]

Family members of USPS workers comp employees may be affected by data breach

12.18.14 The Mail Handlers Union reported: In a new development on the earlier data breach at the Postal Service, USPS has now sent individual letters to another group of employees who may have had personal information compromised. USPS informed us that a large number of Workers Compensation records were “possibly” compromised, in some cases including […]

APWU Encourages Members to Use DOL Forms For FMLA Leave Requests

The APWU is encouraging members to use Department of Labor forms when requesting Family & Medical Leave, while the union pursues a dispute with the Postal Service over employees’ right to use APWU forms or other equivalent documentation. In a Dec. 17, 2010, memo [PDF] to local, state, and national union officers, Mike Morris, director […]

USPS Seeks Supplier To Conduct All Non-Work Related Medical Exams

From the Federal Business Opportunities website: The United States Postal Service (USPS) is pursuing a National Agreement with a Supplier(s) that has or is capable of developing a comprehensive Medical Provider Organization for conducting all non-work related medical examinations for the USPS. Postal Service offices are located in each of the 50 states plus Puerto […]

FMLA Leave Expanded to More Parents And Children

The Department of Labor issued the following clarification on the expanded FMLA regulations: Neither the statute nor the regulations restrict the number of parents a child may have under the FMLA.  For example, where a child’s biological parents divorce, and each parent remarries, the child will be the “son or daughter” of both the biological […]

ADA Considerations Following Exhaustion of FMLA Protected Leave

Exhaustion of FMLA protected leave is a common problem in the Postal Service. This legal article makes several good points about ADA considerations: The broadened scope of the ADA increases the likelihood that anyone taking FMLA leave for their own serious health condition may also have an ADA protected disability. As a result, it is […]

New FMLA Rules Increase Time Off To Help Care For Veteran, Active-Duty Relatives

Postal employees will have more opportunities to take time off work to help family members who are military service members or veterans under new rules mandated by the 2010 National Defense Authorization Act. The law, signed late last year by President Obama, allows employees to take up to 12 weeks of paid or unpaid leave […]

Unions Beat Back Effort to Weaken FMLA Law

APWU News Labor Department Study Affirms That FMLA ‘Is Working as Intended’  A Department of Labor study released June 27 confirms what most Americans already know, that “family and medical leave is good for workers and their families, is in the public interest, and is good workplace policy.” This conclusion is a victory for the […]