Is an employer required to accommodate an employee's or applicant's family responsibilities?

Author: Beth P. Zoller, XpertHR Legal Editor

While some laws may require the employer to grant leave (e.g., under the FMLA or other state statute), an employer is not generally required to accommodate an employee's family responsibilities. However, it is best practice and advisable to attempt to accommodate any request for leave, time-off or altered schedule based on an individual's family responsibilities if it will not cause undue hardship for the employer. Doing so will likely increase employee morale, reduce absenteeism, increase employee retention and provide for a more productive workplace.