Leave of Absence

Leave of absence from work, including medical, military, family, pregnancy, sick and other types of leave discussed in the Employee Rights Reporter by Sass Law Firm’s employment attorneys

Employees Beware: Employer COVID-19 Liability Shield

Hoping to hold your employer liable for your exposure to COVID-19? Not so fast. COVID Liability Shield Law Passed in Florida On March 29, 2021, Governor DeSantis passed a law shielding many businesses, including educational institutions, government entities and religious institutions, from liability for COVID-19 related claims. It took immediate effect. What does this mean? …

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Does your employer have a notice policy for reporting FMLA absences? You better know.

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) prohibits interference with employees’ FMLA rights as well as employer retaliation. But failure to follow every step in your employer’s FMLA policy could cause you to lose these valuable rights. For example, does your employer require you to BOTH notify it you are taking FMLA leave by calling a designated “call-off” line …

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Pandemic Leave Benefits Expired, Now What?

FFCRA Leave Entitlements Expired! The pandemic leave benefits afforded to eligible workers under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, the FFCRA, officially expired December 31, 2020.  As we discussed previously in our FFCRA blogs (available here), at the onset of the pandemic, Congress enacted the FFCRA, which mandated employers to provide paid sick leave (under …

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With schools re-opening, am I entitled to paid leave if my kids do online learning?

Right now many school districts are requiring parents to choose between returning to traditional school and online learning this upcoming 2020-2021 school year.  However, if you are working, this choice could impact your job security. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) allows eligible employees, who cannot work (including telework) because their child(ren)’s school is …

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Can I use the pandemic paid sick leave for canceled summer camp?

Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), eligible workers can take up to two weeks paid sick leave, as well as expanded paid leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), to care for children if schools or places of care are closed due to the pandemic.  To learn more about worker eligibility, …

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You Requested Paid Sick Leave Due to COVID-19 – Can Your Employer Ask All of These Questions?

The IRS is telling employers they must have certain documentation to get the tax credits for paid sick leave promised under the new Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). Therefore, if you must take FFCRA paid sick leave, your employer will likely ask you for the documentation it needs. The employer will ask for: Your …

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You’ve Got Questions, We’ve Got Answers: Your Coronavirus Paid Leave Resource

You asked and we answered! After receiving several inquiries about the new coronavirus paid leave laws, also known as the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, as a service to our community, we wanted to provide a resource for all your questions.  Be sure to check back often because we will update this as more questions …

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BREAKING NEWS: Emergency Paid Sick Leave Laws in Response to the Coronavirus

With the coronavirus amid our communities and isolation and quarantine orders in place, you may have seen lots of talk about new legislation to assist workers to get paid during these uncertain times.  Wait no more! On March 18, 2020, President Trump passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which affords workers unprecedented protections, among …

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Employment and the Coronavirus Pandemic – Know Your Rights

The World Health Organization declared the outbreak caused by the coronavirus, also called COVID-19, a global pandemic. This pandemic has created new and confusing issues for employers and employees alike. What happens if you cannot work because your child’s school is closed and you are unable to find childcare? Can your employer announce that all …

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Termination: Are You Entitled to Payout of Vacation Time?

The short answer is—it depends. There is no federal or state law in Florida requiring private employers to pay out an employee’s accrued vacation or other paid time off (PTO) at the time of termination. Generally, you may be entitled to payout of your accrued, unused time in the following situations: Your employer promised or …

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