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Bulletin board check: Is FMLA poster up-to-date?

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Is the FMLA poster in your break room up-to-date? If it’s not, courts could wonder if you’re serious about upholding employees’ right to take FMLA leave.

Recent case: Geraldine Viramontes got the go-ahead to sue her employer, U.S. Bancorp, because no one informed her whether she was eligible for FMLA leave to have surgery.

A court ruled that when Viramontes told her supervisor about her condition, that should have triggered an inquiry into her eligibility for FMLA leave.

The court also slammed the company for not having up-to-date FMLA posters. Neither Viramontes nor her supervisor could remember seeing a poster in the break room or anywhere else where they worked. (Viramontes v. US Bancorp, No. 10-C-761, ND IL, 2010)

Advice: Download all the latest required U.S. Department of Labor posters at www.dol.gov/compliance/topics/posters.htm.

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