Need to contact employee out on FMLA leave? Be sure to document reason for the call

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Employees on FMLA leave are entitled to be left alone. Super­visors shouldn’t send work home with the employee or call constantly to check up. That could be considered FMLA leave interference.

That doesn’t mean, however, that you can’t get in touch with the em­­ployee about important and urgent matters or enforce your broader call-in policies if you subject all employees who are off to the same rules. Just make sure you note the reason for the call so you can justify it later if challenged.

Recent case: Roseanne worked for years as a supervising secretary for a large law firm. Fifteen years into her career, she underwent treatment for alcoholism, using the resources available through the firm’s employee assistance program.

Fast forward to the recession that began in 2008. By then, Roseanne was working the night shift, where she was assigned shortly after she became sober. She supervised numerous night secretaries who ­prepar...(register to read more)

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