Intermittent Leaves: How to Calculate, Administer, and Safely Handle These Tricky Absences—And Keep Your Employees From Taking Advantage
Fox Rothschild’s Lynne Hook and Cristina Olivella spoke at the 2008 Advanced California Employment Seminar, which was held at the Hyatt Regency in Irvine, California, on September 17-19, 2008.
Hook and Olivella presented “Intermittent Leaves: How to Calculate, Administer, and Safely Handle These Tricky Absences—And Keep Your Employees From Taking Advantage.” The discussion focused on managing employee leaves and intermittent leaves. The session taught attendees how to properly calculate the 12-week leave entitlement when intermittent leaves come into play, and the best way to investigate and discipline intermittent leave abusers – without crossing the line into harassment or retaliation.
Hook practices in all areas of employment law, including: employment litigation claims for discrimination, wrongful termination, and wage and hour issues; conducting interactive management and employee training, including harassment-free workplace programs; negotiating employment and separation agreements for companies and individuals; reviewing and drafting employee handbooks and human resources policies and procedures; counseling employers regarding reductions-in-force; counseling employers regarding compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and state disability laws; and conducting human resources audits to review client compliance under statutory and regulatory requirements, including wage and hour compliance.
Olivella’s practice focuses primarily on the representation of management in the defense of labor and employment matters, including claims regarding wage and hour laws, discrimination and harassment, and compliance with the National Labor Relations Act. She also has experience in health- and safety-related workplace issues, specifically Cal-OSHA matters. Prior to joining the firm, Olivella was associated with the Department of Homeland Security for Lockheed Martin Corporation. She handled Equal Employment Opportunity matters in the Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties of the Department of Homeland Security. During law school, Olivella was a litigation law clerk in the Office of Chief Counsel for the Transportation Security Administration.