Eighth Circuit Again Deconstructs FMLA Constructive Notice

This year marks a decade for employers in the Seventh Circuit dealing with the difficult concept of “constructive notice” for an employee’s Family and Medical Leave Act leave. But the Eighth Circuit recently again questioned whether that rule is still legitimate. First, a reminder. The Family and Medical Leave Act allows for an employee to […]

Employers can avoid holiday party liabilities ~ as a ’tis the season rhyme

Twas the employer’s holiday party, getting all away from the house Employees were stirring, excited to be out The company took many precautions with care To avoid claims of liability after the celebratory affair Tables were lined with food and employees were well fed So none of the eggnog would go too far to their […]

Wisconsin shootings remind employers to address domestic violence in the workplace

Workplace situations involving domestic violence are fact-intensive and the liability an employer faces will likely be complex Arnstein & Lehr Chicago Partner Mark Spognardi and Milwaukee Associate Jesse Dill recently published the article “Wisconsin shootings remind employers to address domestic violence in the workplace” in Inside Counsel magazine. The article discusses the fatal shooting of […]

Wisconsin’s deer hunting season is upon us

Citizens of Wisconsin and many surrounding areas are very familiar with our state’s long tradition of deer hunting in November. Here, it is often a rite of passage for parents to take their kids out for a few days off in the woods. In the weeks leading up to hunting season, many also spend their […]

Beer, brats and FMLA intermittent leave, ah, summertime has arrived

Many companies seem to notice an interesting trend that creeps up every June and lasts until mid August, or sometimes into the opening of deer hunting season: an increase in intermittent leave requested under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Perhaps the nicer weather does indeed create a rash of “serious health conditions.” After all, […]