On January 28, 2008, President Bush signed the National Defense Authorization Act of 2008. The Act includes significant revisions to the Family Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA). FMLA coverage is expanded to employees who care for family members injured while on active military duty or for other exigent circumstances caused by active military service…. Read More
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The U.S. Department of Labor has issued its new proposed regulations for the Family and Medical Leave Act. They are published here. The DOL will accept comments until April 11 before issuing final regulations.
On April 23, 2008, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in MetLife v. Glenn. This is an important case that may affect all future lawsuits to collect benefits under an employee benefit plan. Where a benefits case is subject to ERISA, the lawyers in nearly every case argue over the standard of review. Employees… Read More
The Washington Supreme Court ruled on October 18, 2007, that time spent driving to and from work in a company vehicle should be considered as hours worked and included in calculations of overtime pay. The case, Stevens v. Brink’s Home Security, Inc., No. 79815-0 (Oct. 18, 2007), is an important ruling under wage and hour… Read More
Superior Court Judge Sally F. Olsen dismissed a lawsuit filed in Kitsap County Superior Court alleging that an employee was wrongfully discharged for using marijuana. An article about the case can be found here. The employee alleged a claim for wrongful discharge in violation of public policy arguing she was using legally using medicinal marijuana… Read More