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Must you watch Grey’s Anatomy to figure out if an employee is "sick enough" to earn FMLA leave?

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Question: Next time you have to decide if an employees’ medical condition is “serious” enough to qualify for FMLA leave, maybe you should grab your Grey’s Anatomy medical book (or maybe just watch the TV show) to brush up on your ability to diagnose. That seems to be what a court is urging in an important ruling that many have overlooked.

The FMLA requires employees to give notice to their employers about their health conditions. If the condition rises to the “serious” level cited in the FMLA, the employee is eligible for FMLA leave. But what if those hints are dropped one at a time? Are employers now supposed to add up all the employee’s symptoms, statements and absences to ultimately diagnose the situation? Yes, as the following case shows.

Case in Point: David Burnett worked for a Chicago-based property management company. He got apartments ready for rental. One day, he told his boss that he ...(register to read more)

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