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Like other 14-year-olds, FMLA has good intentions but can be painfully frustrating

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Question: The U.S. Labor Department issued a report yesterday that said all is not well in the land of FMLA. Shocking, truly shocking! And we in the employer community thought things were so rosy…

Actually, employers have long known of the hassles and headaches cause by the 14-year-old Family and Medical Leave Act. The law may have been born with good intentions, but employees have quickly learned how to “game” the system, and employers are having a devil of time trying to comply.

The new Labor Department report—which summaries 15,000 comments from employers and workers since last December—makes that point clear. It highlights several employer pain points, such as dealing with intermittent leave, defining a qualifying “serious” condition and struggling with questionable “last-minute” FMLA leaves.

Case in Point: A new court ruling in New York shows the type of lawsuit employers are having to figh...(register to read more)

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