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Does long-distance ‘phone care’ qualify for FMLA leave?

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When you grant an employee FMLA leave to care for a sick relative, do you wonder what type of “care” they must really be giving to qualify for time off under the FMLA? A new court ruling defines care as being in physical proximity to the relative. Cutting a lawn in a different time zone doesn’t cut it …

Case in Point: While Girard Baham was on vacation with his family, his daughter fell and suffered a head in­­jury. She was admitted to a Miami hos­­pital. Baham contacted his employer in Texas, which told him to “take as much time as he needed.”

The company sent Baham the appropriate FMLA forms. He filled them out and requested six weeks of FMLA leave, but left blank the dates of his daughter’s treatment.

After four weeks, Baham returned from Miami to Texas alone to prepare the house for his daughter’s arrival. He didn’t alert anyone at the company about his return. Over the next two weeks, he cut the grass, cleaned the house...(register to read more)

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