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Read Your FMLA Policy Again: Does it Grant More Rights Than You Intend?

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When was the last time you read your organization’s Family and Medical Leave (FMLA) policy? As a new case shows, it could be creating a contract for employees to gain FMLA-like protection even if they normally wouldn’t be eligible for FMLA under the law. If it does, get ready to stand by your promise …

Case in Point: Steven Peters worked out of his Indiana home for a pharmaceutical manufacturer headquartered in California. He sold company products to doctors in the Midwest. When Peters suffered neck and shoulder injuries in a work-related car accident, he filed a workers’ compensation claim. Later he returned to work with restrictions but then was required to undergo surgery.

Peters requested FMLA leave and his employer granted it. The FMLA covers organizations with at least 50 employees within 75 miles of the worksite. The law says that for employees to be eligible for FMLA, they must have wor...(register to read more)

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