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Kandis Sells

Kandis Sells

Employment Attorney

In 50 words or less
  • Employment law & all things HR guru
  • Pacific Lutheran University, B.S. of Business Administration
  • University of Washington School of Law, J.D.
  • Attorney licensed in Washington
  • Football fanatic

With a focus on providing practical, sustainable solutions to employment issues, Kandis provides Vigilant members with legal counsel on all aspects of state, federal, and local employment laws and regulations. Her 15 years of practicing employment law and litigation, and 8 years in Human Resources, allow Kandis to assess employment issues and best practices from application form to the courtroom, and every stage in between.

Kandis was born and raised in Washington, and has lived in several cities across the state. When she’s not guiding members on ways to manage a successful workforce, you can probably find her cheering on her UW Huskies or Seahawks, binge-watching the latest Disney, Star Wars, or Harry Potter movie with her family, or making to-do lists for everything else.

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Kandis Sells

Employment Attorney
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Mar 31 2017
Leave Laws  

Employer should have asked for more information before denying FMLA leave

An employee who was denied leave to take care of his seriously ill grandfather can take his federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) interference claim to trial, thanks to a decision by the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals. The employer, a credit union, denied the employee’s request for leave because the FMLA doesn’t cover leave to care for a grandparent. That’s mostly true, but the FMLA has a very broad definition of “parent,” which includes a person who stands in loco parentis (in the shoes of a parent) with the employee.

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