Susan Schoenfeld, JD, is a Senior Legal Editor for BLR’s human resources and employment law publications. Ms. Schoenfeld has practiced in the area of employment litigation and counseling, covering topics such as disability discrimination, wrongful discharge, and sexual harassment. She provided training and counseling to corporate clients and litigated cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals, state court, and at the U.S. Department of Labor. Prior to private practice, Ms. Schoenfeld was an attorney with the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) in Washington, D.C., where she advised federal agencies, drafted regulations, conducted inspector training courses, and litigated cases for DOL. Ms. Schoenfeld received her undergraduate degree, cum laude, with honors, from Union College, and her law degree from the National Law Center at George Washington University.
Interview: Susan was quoted in a NBCNews.com article on the topic of the reasons why nonvoters don't make it to the polls on Election Day.
Video: Watch Susan's recent video on FMLA recertification requests.
How is leave for adoption-related reasons that are state-mandated covered by the federal Family and Medical Leave Act? Read this Q&A for the answer.
In a surprise decision yesterday, Judge Reed O’Connor, from the U.S. District Court in Texas, temporarily blocked the new rule defining “spouse” for purposes of leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The new rule, which defines FMLA-covered spouses according to the law of the state in which individuals were married, was scheduled to take effect today.
How do you calculate FMLA hours for employees such as fire personnel who work a 24-hour on-shift and a 48-hour off-shift and for police officers who work a 10-hour or 12-hour shift?
Effective March 27, 2015, the DOL final rule, revising the definition of “spouse” under the FMLA, was to take effect. The final rule came in reaction to the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 2013 decision in United States v. Windsor, which found Section 3 of DOMA to be unconstitutional.
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