It is common gospel that when a qualified disabled employee requests accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), both employer and employee must engage in an interactive dialogue to discuss the options.  But what happens when an employee merely identifies a disability but never asks to be accommodated?  In a recent decision, a sharply divided Eighth Circuit held that an employer who learns an employee cannot perform essential duties without accommodation due to a medical condition may need to treat the information as an “implicit” accommodation request.  Such an implicit request can trigger the interactive process even though the employee never specifically asked to be accommodated.  The opinion can be found here
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Billed as a measure to deter more “family flight” from San Francisco, the City’s Board of Supervisors have passed an ordinance giving employees who are caretakers or parents the “right to request” flexible or predictable work schedules. The mayor has indicated he will sign the ordinance into law.

San Francisco has the lowest percentage of

Is a resignation a request for FMLA  leave? Of course not most would say, but it  depends on whether you ascribe to words their plain meanings.  One of the more well-known  exchanges concerning the meaning of words occurred between Humpty Dumpty and Alice in "Through the Looking Glass."

“When I use a word…‘it means just

Are employees who request FMLA leave before they are eligible for the leave entitled to the protections of the FMLA? It depends on whether the employee requesting leave will be eligible at the time of the leave.

The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals has held that the FMLA protects a pre-eligibility request for post-eligibility leave.