Telecommuters eligible for FMLA? Geography may be irrelevant.

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An account executive who telecommuted from her California home office sued her Kansas-based employer, claiming she was fired after taking FMLA leave to recover from surgery. The company said she was not eligible under FMLA because the firm didn't employ more than 50 employees within 75 miles of her "work site," as the law requires. But the employee argued that she was eligible because her work assignments generated from an eligible site (the Kansas headquarters). A district court let the case proceed. (Collinsworth v. Ea)

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