In a recent Mass Lawyers Weekly article “MCAD: duty of employer extends past FMLA period“, employment attorney Scott Connolly discusses employer responsibility under the FMLA, as it relates to a recent decision of the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD).
The decision in M.C.A.D & LaPete v. Country Bank for Savings supports developing case law that a disabled employee may be unable to communicate effectively, requiring the employer to know when they must engage in an interactive process if the employee has asked for accommodation of their leave. Connolly explains the development of the law in this area and describes best practices for complying with the requirements of leave and disability laws.
“As of about 10 years ago, it was common practice for employers to insert firm cutoff dates for leave into their employee handbooks. As the law has developed, however, it has become clear that such arbitrary end dates will not withstand legal scrutiny.”
For more insight into employer responsibility when dealing with employee leave, read the full article: Family medical leave return to work.
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