FMLA Leave

Employers Beware: What You Say Can and Will Be Used Against You!
November 16, 2018
Any HR professional who has dealt with the Family and Medical Leave Act knows that determining when and how the statute applies can be very tricky.
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Want to Crack Down on FMLA Abuse? Try the Chicago Way
October 26, 2018
Picture a 911 call center deep in the City of Chicago. Pretty busy, yes? And like many other call centers, this 911 call center has plenty of employees who take FMLA leave.
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FMLA FAQ: Can Foster Parents Take an Additional 12 Weeks of FMLA Leave After They Adopt a Child?
October 19, 2018
Under the FMLA, foster care is defined as: 1) 24‑hour care for children in substitution for, and away from, their parents or guardian; and 2) The placement into foster care involves state action, voluntary or involuntary removal of the child from the parents or guardian, and an agreement between the State and foster family that the foster family will take care of the child. 29 CFR 825.122(g)
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Employers, Why Don't You Require That Employees Call Two Phone Numbers to Request FMLA Leave?
September 21, 2018
I conducted FMLA training this week for a client making fairly significant changes to the manner it administers FMLA leave. They not only are educating managers about their role and responsibilities under the FMLA, but empowering them to play a key role in reducing FMLA abuse.
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DOL Issues New FMLA forms and FMLA Opinion Letter
September 18, 2018
In recent weeks, the federal Department of Labor has been busy addressing various Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) issues.
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Pregnant Woman Fired by Text Message: "Sorry...But It's Not Going to Work Out"
September 6, 2018
File this in the “Managers really can be idiots” folder.
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“No-Fault” Attendance Policies and Roll-Off Attendance Points under the FMLA
September 5, 2018
It is a question that often plagues Human Resources Departments: To what extent do company policies regarding attendance apply to employees on protected leave?
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Time to Update Those FMLA Forms!
August 30, 2018
Finally! The new Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) forms and notices are here!
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Seventh Circuit Case Is Excellent Reminder of FMLA Best Practices
May 4, 2018
As an employer, how do you know when an employee’s illness or medical condition could give rise to a claim for mandatory medical leave, disability protections, or discrimination?  The answer, of course, is that you don’t.
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Companies Not Subject to the FMLA May Still Violate the FMLA
April 20, 2018
If you’re an employer covered by the Family and Medical Leave Act, you probably recognize that it is one of the most complicated statutes for employers to follow.
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No FMLA for Pet’s Death
March 16, 2018
My interest was piqued by a recent case in which an employee claimed that his insomnia following his dog’s death was a serious health condition under the FMLA.
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Must Employees on Leave Be Left Alone?
January 26, 2018
Issues often arise during the course of an employee’s FMLA absence where the employer needs to contact the employee or may want to request the employee to perform some work. What are the employer’s rights to have such discussions or requests when an employee is on FMLA leave?
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