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FMLA

Does time in alcohol rehab count for FMLA leave?

03/18/2013
Q. If an employee is admitted to a nonmedical facility for alcohol addiction, can this leave qualify under the FMLA? If so, what documentation is acceptable? Can a letter from the facility be substituted for medical documentation?

Is our employee entitled to take FMLA leave so she can try out a new job?

03/15/2013
Q. The minor child of one of our employees has a disability. She was approved to be his personal care attendant and requested FMLA leave to see if she would like to do this as a job going forward … I know FMLA is available to care for a child, but can she use FMLA as a way of trying out a new job?

Instead of firing after FMLA and disability leave, consider reasonable accommodations

03/15/2013

Do you automatically terminate employees who aren’t ready to return to work after using up all available FMLA and short-term disability leave? If so, you may be asking for an ADA refusal-to-accommodate lawsuit. The better approach: Determine if reasonable accommodations might help the employee return to work despite lingering problems.

Clairvoyance not required to ID need for FMLA

03/15/2013

Under the FMLA regulations, if an employee is incapacitated, someone else can notify the employer, whose FMLA obligations are then triggered. But that doesn’t mean that a co-worker merely telling a supervisor that the employee is “sick” works as notification. Employers are entitled to better notice than that.

FMLA issue: Can employee call in sick for her co-worker?

03/14/2013
Sometimes, employees are so sick they can’t even call into work. So, they have a friend or co-worker do it for them. But when this happens, an employee’s request for FMLA leave can get lost in the translation. Here’s how to correctly handle this old-school game of telephone.

First things first on FMLA: Challenge eligibility before approving leave

03/12/2013
Many employers are seeing a surge in requests for intermittent leave when an employee has a parent or child who needs help getting to medical appointments or undergoing treatments. Before you approve a request for such intermittent leave, make sure you are satisfied with the medical certification.

Ensure FMLA status won’t affect firing decision

03/07/2013
Here’s a tip that can prevent a needless lawsuit over FMLA retaliation. When a supervisor recommends firing an employee, make sure the final decision-maker doesn’t know about any recent or current FMLA leave usage.

When pregnant worker can’t perform, factor in ADA, FMLA, PDA

03/05/2013
It can be complicated to handle a pregnant employee when she can’t perform some part of her job. That’s because three federal laws—the ADA, the FMLA and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act—intersect to provide protection for some pregnant workers who have medical restrictions.

Remind bosses: No comments on FMLA use

02/07/2013

Some managers and supervisors just can’t seem to resist offering “helpful” career advice to subordinates. That’s especially true for workers they may see as less devoted to their work than old-school employees. But a remark concerning absences covered by the FMLA may well be viewed as interference with a protected right.

The FMLA at 20: Anniversary overview of the landmark law

02/05/2013

Twenty years ago today, President Bill Clinton signed the FMLA into law. Since 1993, the law has provided eligible employees up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave per year for the birth, adoption or foster care of a child; caring for a child, spouse or parent with a serious health condition; or convalescence after an employee’s own serious health condition. Here’s a primer on one of the nation’s most critical employment laws