Family and Medical Leave (FMLA)

Family and Medical Leave (FMLA)

The federal Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA) gives eligible employees an opportunity to take unpaid leave for certain personal medical conditions or to take care of a family member. Eligible employees are those who worked for their employer for at least 12 months and at least 1,250 hours during those 12 months. The company you work for should also have at least 50 employees who work within 75 miles of its location. If these FMLA eligibility requirements are complied with, you are entitled to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave during a 12-month period for your own serious medical conditions, or to take care of […]

Pregnancy Discrimination

Pregnancy should be one of the most exciting periods of a woman’s life. Unfortunately, too often women are treated unfavorably at their workplace, because of their pregnancy or medical condition related to the pregnancy. Аs numerous sociological studies show, pregnant women are still at a severe disadvantage in the job market. They are often viewed as less committed or even less competent than other females. When hired (if hired) they are offered lower salaries than their competitors, and at their workplace they could be held to higher standard of performance than other employees. Until the late 1970-s women did not have many remedies to fight against pregnancy discrimination. For instance, […]

Obama’s Executive Order on Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors

Obama’s Executive Order on Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors

On Labor Day September 7, 2015 during his meeting with labor leaders in Boston President Obama signed his Executive Order requiring companies that work under contracts with the federal government to extend a paid sick leave to their employees. Federal contractors’ employees are about 300,000 people. They will get this benefit. But it is still a fraction of our labor market. Most employees in various sectors of the national economy still don’t have it. According to Mr. Obama, right now about 40% of private sector workers, or about 44 million people in the U.S. “don’t have access to paid sick leave.” Under the terms of the Executive Order the employees […]

Maternity Leave

Maternity Leave

Unlike most or we should say all developed countries, the U.S.A. do not have a mandatory paid maternity leave. At the same time some tech companies have already declared that they would offer paid parental leave and other family related benefits. For instance, Microsoft announced that company’s female employees who just gave birth would be entitled to 20 weeks of paid leave. Netflix amended its parental leave policy by offering up to 12 months and potentially “unlimited” unpaid vacation time. Google is also revising its policy and offering more generous parental and family leave. It might look like a sign of a new nationwide trend. On the other hand, it […]