Labor & Employment Dispatch: September 2019

September 18, 2019 | Newsletters


Is There Anything Improper About Taking a Vacation During FMLA Leave?

While posting vacation photos on Facebook during a leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is probably not a stellar idea, the question of whether an employee can take a vacation during FMLA leave may not be so obvious. Two recent court cases illustrate an employer’s dilemma when faced with hearing about an employee who is on FMLA leave and has taken a personal trip during the leave. As with most employment cases, the holdings are very fact specific, however these cases remind us of the importance of a thorough analysis when faced with an increasingly common abuse of policy. Explore recent cases and tips for employers to curb FMLA abuse »


Congratulations to Jackson Walker’s 2019 “Texas Super Lawyers”

Each year, less than 5% of attorneys in Texas are named to Thomson Reuters‘ “Texas Super Lawyers” list, with selection based on professional accomplishments, peer recognition, and community involvement. This year, Jackson Walker proudly congratulates 52 attorneys who were named to the list, including the following labor and employment and ERISA attorneys:

See who else made the list »


Join Us at the Dallas L&E Symposium in October

For the 21st consecutive year, the Labor & Employment Law Symposium will kick off at the Westin Galleria Hotel in Dallas on October 10, 2019. This year’s symposium will feature speakers from Jackson Walker and Lockton as they present the following seminars:

  • Gary Fowler, “2019 Employment and Labor Law Update”
  • Sarah Mitchell Montgomery, “Sexual Harassment, #MeToo: How Sexual Harassment Law and Policy Have Changed Since October 2017”
  • Ashley Scheer, “Effective Workplace Investigations and Lessons Learned Since Weinstein, et al.”
  • Greta Cowart, “New Tools for Providing Health Care: Individual Coverage Health Reimbursement Arrangements and Excepted Benefit Health Reimbursement Arrangements”
  • Ed Fensholt, “ACA, Capitol Hill and Statehouse Roundup: How Did We Get Here?”
  • Judy Bennett Garner, “‘I Don’t Feel Well.’ ADA, FMLA, PTO and Paid Sick Leave”
  • David Schlottman, “Arbitration Agreements: Who Should Have Them and What Should They Look Like?”
  • John Koepke, “Privacy, Data Security, AI,  SM: How Does HR Control and Use?”

Coordinating What Can’t Be Unseen: Forming a Thorough Online Strategy

In light of Ariana Grande’s lawsuit against Forever 21, Joel Glover shares how sound marketing and social media policies can help reduce the risks of distracting lawsuits.

“Whether coordinated or not, self-motivated business leaders up and down the ladder engage on social media in ways that are as visible as official company messaging—if not more so.”

Read more »

In This Story

Greta E. Cowart
Partner, Dallas
G. Scott Fiddler
Partner, Houston
Joel R. Glover
Partner, Houston
Gary L. Ingram
Partner, Fort Worth
John V. Jansonius
Partner, Dallas
John A. Koepke
Partner, Dallas
Jay K. Rutherford
Partner, Fort Worth
Ashley Scheer
Senior Counsel, Dallas
David Schlottman
Partner, Dallas
Lionel M. Schooler
Partner, Houston