Make sure employees understand the method you use to calculate FMLA leave

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Employers that don’t take the time and effort to understand the ins and outs of the FMLA do so at their peril. Courts are beginning to lose patience and have started assessing employers double damages for FMLA violations.

Something as simple as not making sure employees understand what method you use to calculate FMLA leave entitlements can mean huge liabilities, as can providing erroneous leave information.

Recent case: Carl Thom worked for American Standard as a molder for 36 years and expected to retire with full benefits and health coverage.

Then Thom injured his shoulder in a nonwork-related accident. In order to have the damage surgically repaired and recover, he requested FMLA leave. HR provided written confirmation that it had approved his requested FMLA leave, which would expire on June 27, 2005. Thom then scheduled and underwent surgery.

His recovery went better than initially expected, so Thom’s doctors gave him a...(register to read more)

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Jenn May 22, 2012 at 1:35 pm

Dealing with FMLA can be difficult. I tend to find reducing liability while maintaining proper documentation quite tricky. The complex rules surrounding FMLA are constantly evolving leaving us (and our employees) feeling overwhelmed. I found this site <a href="http://www.employmentlawhq.com&quot;. It’s free and I’ve found it helps clear up confusion. I just have my employees go through the app and bring the final report to me for their personnel file. It’s a great start to the conversation.

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Jenn May 22, 2012 at 1:37 pm

My apologies for my sloppy HTML. Try this: http://www.employmentlawhq.com

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