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FMLA Guidelines

We’ll assist you in tracking and managing intermittent FMLA leave … fighting FMLA fraud and FMLA abuse … and managing FMLA in general.

Beyond mastering FMLA regulations on intermittent leave, we’ll share FMLA guidelines on how to curb FMLA abuse, and dramatically improve your overall FMLA compliance.

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Q. Can we change employees' work hours on short notice by altering their schedules? Also, we have a part-time employee who's been employed for a few months working 32 hours a week. She's preparing to return to work after recovering from a car accident. Can we reduce her work hours? —J.L., Maryland

By law, employees can take up to 12 weeks of FMLA leave each year. Your organization can, if it chooses, grant an extension ...

Is your organization reaping the full financial benefits from its employee assistance program (EAP)? If employees aren’t using it, the answer is probably “no” ...

Most states have boosted their minimum wages above the federal $5.15 per hour. Now, several states are exploring the idea of giving employees another plus—paid sick leave ...

Warning: If you terminate employees who take more than 12 weeks off in a given period, you may be violating the FMLA even if you allow employees their full FMLA allotment of 12 weeks unpaid leave ...

Q. A long-standing employee recently took leave under the FMLA to give birth, but her twins have many medical complications. She exhausted her eligibility under our disability carrier and isn't eligible for long-term disability because she's not disabled. We want her back, but she can't commit to even 20 hours a week. What are our obligations under the FMLA, and would this individual be entitled to unemployment compensation if we terminate her? —G.B., New York

Q. My company offers 10 weeks paid maternity leave. Recently, a male employee asked whether he could take maternity leave. I said no, only women are eligible to take such leave. Was I right? —K.R., Maryland

When employees return from FMLA leave, you're required to restore them to the same position or a comparable one. That requirement might make you hesitant to make any changes to employees' jobs or conditions of employment while they're out on FMLA leave. However, a new court ruling shows that you can make minimal changes to a job description without worrying about FMLA violations ...

It pays to keep some records longer than you think you’ll need them. For example, any notes, correspondence, medical certifications and other documents related to an employee’s FMLA leave request should be kept a minimum of three years ...

HR Law 101: The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act protects reservists when they’re away from work for extended periods. Reservists on active duty can maintain health insurance coverage by electing COBRA continuation. Employers must also count time spent on active duty toward the calendar and hour requirements for coverage under the FMLA ...

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