Recent articles in the Sacramento Business Journal and the Wall Street Journal provided current insight to employers about how they potentially may be harmed by the increasing number of lawsuits involving Employee Leave & Accommodation Issues.
Many times employers do not address the potential complications until the matter faces them and then there is a “scramble” to learn what they need to do to provide the accommodation. And, sometimes they just make a quick decision as to what they feel needs to be done to address the situation without understanding the legal implications.
The Wall Street Journal statistics shared with readers are alarming and they indicate that employers need an update to avoid potential legal entanglements and to make their role in HR matters easier.
The Wall Street Journal article said “Lawsuits filed under the statute jumped to 877 in 2013 from 291 a year earlier, according to the most-recent figures from the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts….” In a FMLA lawsuit “The statute requires a lower threshold of proof than most other employment laws.”
Locally, there is a solution to these growing legal challenges. Employers can receive valuable practical information from the Sacramento Employer Advisory Council (SEAC) sponsored workshop on August 20th. This topic is led by Sacramento employment attorneys Beth West and Chuck Post who provide an entertaining and engaging way to share the legalese and specifics of the rules and regulations about these employer responsibilities.
Go to the SEAC website to learn more and how to enroll in this August 20th event in Sacramento.
I look forward to meeting you there!