Here’s a warning for employers looking for ways to cut absenteeism: Don’t do anything that makes it harder for employees to use.
“Creative” rules that end up discouraging legitimateuse or punishing those who take FMLA leave are bound to cause trouble, as one large company facing multiple lawsuits has discovered.
Recent case: Thirty-seven current and former Verizon Communications employees sued the company and its affiliates, alleging that Verizon had a set ofthat discouraged and punished taking legitimate FMLA leave.
Here’s how the process worked. When employees knew they were going to be absent, no matter the reason, they were supposed to call their supervisor or an absence administrator, who would enter the information into the company’s Absence Tracking System. That triggered a basic determination if the employee was eligible for FMLA leave, based on having worked the requisite hours and l...(register to read more)