Employee hits FMLA jackpot in Las Vegas

The U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals (whose rulings apply to Wisconsin employers) has expanded Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) rights for employees who care for family members with serious health conditions. The FMLA allows an eligible employee to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave to "care for" a family member with a serious health condition. The question in the recent 7th Circuit case was whether accompanying a seriously ill parent to Las Vegas to fulfill her dying wish constitutes "caring for" a family member with a serious health condition under the FMLA. While other courts of appeal have found such situations rife with the potential for abuse and have declined to permit the use of FMLA leave for this purpose, the 7th Circuit ruled otherwise, finding that the psychological and physical care provided during the trip was protected under the FMLA. Read More...