Key employee

Definition

A "salaried . . . employee who is among the highest paid 10 percent of all the employees employed by [an] employer within 75 miles of the employee's worksite." 29 C.F.R. § 825.217. Under regulations promulgated pursuant to the Family and Medical Leave Act, an employer may deny job restoration to a key employee if restoration would result in "substantial and grievous economic injury to the operations of the employer." 29 C.F.R. § 825.216(b).

Illustrative caselaw

See, e.g. Kephart v. Cherokee County, 229 F.3d 1142 (4th Cir. 2000).

See also