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Does Super Bowl Hangover = Legit FMLA Leave?

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The Monday after the Super Bowl has become “the biggest unofficial holiday of the year, with 1.5 million people calling in sick as a result of the game and about 4.4 million people will show up late for work,” according to a report by workforce management firm Kronos. There’s even a movement to make the post-Super Bowl Monday into an official federal holiday.

Now, how many of those late/missing workers on Monday will try to tap into their job-protected allotment of leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)? And how can you legally find out if that FMLA leave is legit?

HR professionals struggle with FMLA issues like this every day. And employees have become more skillful at playing the FMLA game.

So what can you do to help combat this kind of FMLA abuse? Here’s a 9-step program:

1. Obtain a medical certification for each request for leave due to a serious health condition. It’s important that the employer’s sick lea...(register to read more)

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