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Professor Gely Discusses Labor Laws with St. Louis Post-Dispatch

August 15th, 2016

Rafael Gely

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch interviewed Professor Rafael Gely for a column on family medical leave laws. According to the article, the federal Family and Medical Leave Act allows workers 12 weeks of unpaid leave per year for personal sickness, the sickness of a spouse, child or parents, or the birth or adoption of a baby. However, only about 60 percent of workers are covered under this act.

Professor Gely, labor law expert and director of the Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution, said there’s a lot of gray area with this law, and judges see things differently. In recent cases involving a child’s ear infection, some judges said yes and some said no to the illness justifying medical leave. The most complicated part of this issue is determining if an employer discriminated against an employee for taking leave, which is the origin of many family labor court cases.

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