The Family and Medical Leave Act

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This resource covers all aspects of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The treatise looks at the Act’s interrelationships with other laws, as well as the responsibilities of employees and employers under the Act. It covers statutes, regulations, and case law, including provisions, and key related Department of Labor (DOL) regulations and opinion letters.


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Thorough and accurate guidance on the issues practitioners must face in complying with the FMLA

The Family and Medical Leave Act is the paradigm of support in handling all aspects of the FMLA, including interrelationships with other laws. This thorough treatise focuses on the responsibilities of employees and employers under the Act, as reflected in the statute, regulations, and case law, including:

  • Provisions of the Family and Medical Leave Act 
  • Regulations promulgated by the Department of Labor (DOL) 
  • How DOL opinion letters have interpreted FMLA provisions 
  • Case law under the FMLA 
  • How FMLA leave rights are coordinated with other legal rights of employees 

Appendices include the statute and DOL Final Regulations-the two critical documents that must be understood by practitioners-and comprehensive guides to the more than 120 FMLA opinion letters issued by the DOL, listed by topic, by section of the Act and/or regulations, and chronologically. Plus, you'll find summaries of the numerous state leave laws.

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The new 2013 Cumulative Supplement analyzes and explains statutory and regulatory changes to the Act. Specifically, the Supplement discusses:

  • The 2012 proposed rule to implement the 2009 amendments to the military leave provisions of the Act
  • Varying approaches of the courts to caring for family members, including adult children
  • Cases regarding substance abuse under the FMLA: when it is a serious health condition, when leave may be taken for treatment, or when employers may enforce substance abuse policies
  • Cases regarding the interplay between the FMLA and employer policies regarding notice, certification, and fitness-for-duty certifications
  • Cases regarding how much notice an employee is required to provide where the employer has some knowledge of the employee's condition
  • Mixed motive cases under the FMLA, after the Supreme Court decision in Gross v. FBL Financial Services, Inc.
  • The effect of the Supreme Court's decision in Coleman v. Court of Appeals of Maryland on state sovereign immunity and the self-care provision 


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2006/980 pp. Hardcover/ABAWEB1290 

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2013/1,100 pp. Softcover/ISBN 978-1-61746-062-3/ABAWEB2062


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Editors-in-Chief: Michael J. Ossip and Robert M. Hale. Associate Editors: Gail V. Coleman and Indira Talwani; Federal Labor Standards Legislation Committee 

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Editor-in-Chief: Gail V. Coleman; Associate Editors: Gina M. Chang and Linda A. Neilan. Senior Editors:  Michael J. Ossip and Robert M. Hale; Federal Labor Standards Legislation Committee