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FMLA

Warn managers: You can be personally liable for leave mistakes

01/26/2013

If you’re looking for incentives to get managers and supervisors to pay attention during FMLA training sessions, look no further. Simply point out that they can be held personally liable if they deny FMLA benefits to which an employee is entitled.

Note condition when employee first invokes FMLA

01/25/2013

Generally, simply calling in sick doesn’t trigger an employer’s obligations to offer FMLA leave. But what if the employee was very specific about his medical condition when he first called in and clearly was eligible for FMLA leave for that first absence? Does he have to be equally specific later?

Criticism after FMLA? Beware retaliation

01/25/2013
When a good employee with no disciplinary record suddenly turns into a bad employee following FMLA leave, watch out. You may have on your hands a bitter supervisor who wants to punish the employee for disrupting workflow, creating scheduling hassles and otherwise making life more difficult. Before approving discipline or a poor evaluation, look deeper.

Be sure managers know they can’t discipline employees for using FMLA

01/14/2013
Don’t let an angry manager turn routine FMLA leave into expensive and time-consuming litigation. Make sure all supervisors understand their FMLA obligations—and that they have no choice but to cheerfully allow em­­ployees to exercise their rights.

New DOL guidance on FMLA leave to care for adult children

01/14/2013
It has always been understood that employees are entitled to take FMLA leave to care for minor children with serious health conditions. But it’s been less clear how the FMLA applies to employees who need time off to care for an adult son or daughter. Now the U.S. Department of Labor has weighed in with guidance.

Consider more leave, different job as ADA accommodation after FMLA leave expires

01/11/2013
When an employee works in a demanding position and has a medical crisis, he may not be able to return quickly to his old job. It’s en­­tirely possible he may use all available FMLA leave and other accrued leave and still receive clearance to work. That doesn’t mean his employer isn’t obligated to try to reasonably accommodate him.

How to stop midshift intermittent FMLA leave abuse

01/09/2013
There’s nothing quite like trying to manage intermittent FMLA leave for employees who must see to loved ones’ care during working hours. It’s even more difficult if the employee comes to work, only to spend all her time on the phone, supposedly dealing with the serious health condition covered by FMLA intermittent leave.

Don’t punish advocacy for co-worker’s FMLA rights

01/09/2013
Remind supervisors: It’s illegal to retaliate against an employee who advocates on behalf of a co-worker’s right to FMLA leave and reinstatement.

Salaried worker on FMLA: How to pay half days?

01/09/2013

Q. We have a salaried employee who needs to take FMLA leave. Some days off will be full days, so they would be unpaid (unless she has vacation or personal time). But how do we pay for the intermittent days on which she only takes a half day off?  

Suspect leave abuse? Be certain before you act

01/03/2013
Most of the time, an employer needs only to honestly believe the reason given for a termination. However, that’s not true in cases involving the FMLA or California family leave.