Spelfogel Says New FMLA Proposals Will Help Clarify Existing Laws

Employment Law360

Evan J. Spelfogel, a Member of the Firm in the Labor and Employment and Employee Benefits practice groups in the New York office, was quoted in a February 11, 2008, Employment Law360 article on the meaning behind recently proposed changes to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The article, "Attorneys, Politicians Weigh In On FMLA Changes," explained that one of the proposed changes includes requiring workers to inform their employers in advance if they plan to take non-emergency leave, which changes a provision that allowed them to wait up to two days to do so.

If enacted, the proposals would be the first changes to the act since it was signed into law in 1993. Spelfogel noted that the FMLA could benefit from some clarification since the law has gray areas. "An awful lot of it is vague, and it often doesn't matter what the rules and regulations say, because courts around the country decide different things," he said.