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What happened in Vegas: An FMLA case


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Abstract: When an ill woman approaching the end of her life expressed a desire to visit Las Vegas, her daughter requested unpaid leave from her employer so that she could accompany her mother on the trip. During their time together, she continued to serve as her mother’s primary caregiver while the two participated in tourist activities. Later, her employer terminated her for the unauthorized absences that accumulated during the trip. She sued, claiming violations of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). This article looks at whether her assistance to her mother was covered by the definition of “care” for FMLA purposes. Ballard v. Chicago Park District, No. 13-1445, Jan. 28, 2014 (7th Cir.)

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