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Houston docs cough up $17K for FMLA violations

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The Houston-based Houston Ear, Nose & Throat Clinic will pay a former employee $17,390 after it failed to reinstate her to an equivalent position following FMLA leave. The FMLA requires employers to reinstate employees returning from leave to the same or equivalent position as the one they left.

The employee left a full-time position to take medical leave. When she returned, the practice placed her in a part-time job, resulting in fewer hours worked and less pay.

She filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Labor, which led to an investigation that also revealed the practice failed to provide the em­­ployee with the required notice designating the leave as FMLA. It was also cited for failing to keep proper FMLA records and failing to maintain and use an FMLA policy that complies with the latest FMLA regulations.

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