Keep the snark to yourself! If you suspect malingering, let system play out

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Sometimes, employees fake or exaggerate injuries in the hopes of getting paid time off. If you suspect that’s going on, don’t get angry and put vindictive roadblocks in the employee’s way.

Instead, treat him the same way you treat everyone else. Process his paperwork, send him off for medical exams and let your insurance carrier determine whether the claim is genuine. This straightforward approach can save you from a jury’s wrath.

Recent case: Ray, a satellite dish installer, earned routine praise for his work ethic and productivity. He was among the highest paid employees in his group.

Even so, when his employer announced a dollar-per-hour raise for those who passed a test, Ray jumped at the chance. However, it turned out he wasn’t eligible for the raise because he already made more than his co-workers. Ray complained.

Shortly after, he claimed he hurt his back on the job. His supervisor sent him to the company’s ­workers’ ...(register to read more)

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