The HR Team

Eileen's Lessons - June 2015

A number of years ago, I decided to have a small party for my husband's 50th birthday.  I thought I would invite a few of my husband's relatives and some close friends to the house for a barbecue; perhaps 20 people tops. Our daughter, who was turning 16 at the same time, asked if she could invite a few people, maybe 10.  Our response, no problem.  

Planning for any kind of party is never easy. Between relatives, friends, neighbors and a little help from my daughter, we ended up with a fairly long guest list. Not to mention a chance of rain, a need for catering, and maybe some entertainment for the guests.

So, how does this translate into the work world and what can we learn from this?


DOL Issues New FMLA Forms Containing Genetic Information Warnings

The federal Department of Labor (DOL) has issued updated forms for the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) certification. These updated forms are to be completed by health care providers to certify that the employee, immediate family member, or military/next of kin, has a covered, serious health condition. 

The FMLA forms have also been amended to include the warnings under the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act (GINA) which prohibits employers with 15 or more employees from discriminating against employees and applicants on the basis of genetic information. Learn more - read the full article in the link below. 

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