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Supreme Court lets stand ruling that limits employee’s FMLA rights

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in FMLA Guidelines,Human Resources

The U.S. Supreme Court has let stand a lower-court ruling that minimizes the impact when an employer fails to notify a worker promptly that he is ineligible for time off under the Family and Medical Leave Act. (FMLA). (Brungart v. Bellsouth Telecom Inc., No. 00-1383)

Labor Department regulations have said an employer's failure to notify a worker promptly would automatically make that person eligible for the FMLA. But a federal appeals court struck down the rules, saying they would stretch the law far beyond what Congress intended.

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