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Prepare for legal trouble when bosses play detective with employees on FMLA leave

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Bosses sometimes find it inconvenient when employees are out on FMLA leave. After all, every time an employee is absent, someone has to pick up the slack. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that some front-line managers get frustrated and angry at employees who don’t come to work as scheduled. Don’t let those frustrations cause a legal nightmare.

Train all supervisors about the FMLA. Instruct them to refer any perceived problems to HR. Direct supervisors should not, for example, conduct their own “investigations” into whether an employee is abusing intermittent FMLA leave by conducting surveillance or taking other intrusive steps. Doing so may net a lawsuit alleging interference with FMLA rights.

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