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FMLA and the Sandwich Generation: Do You Get Proof of Elderly Parents’ Conditions, too?

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When the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) surveyed employers about their biggest FMLA administrative challenges, dealing with leave for employees’ own chronic conditions ranked number one. But, surprisingly, not far behind was FMLA leave taken for “caring for a sick parent,” which ranked as more challenging than FMLA leave taken for a sick spouse or even a child.

With more “sandwich generation” employees taking care of children and parents at the same time, it’s wise to be consistent about requesting certification for all types of FMLA leave, including care for elderly parents.

Case in Point: Honda employee Chandra Scott filed an FMLA lawsuit, claiming that she was fired in retaliation for taking FMLA leave to help her mother.

Scott had taken leave when her mother underwent a stress test after she complained of shortness of breath. Then, more than a month later, her mother had an outp...(register to read more)

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Marly August 3, 2010 at 3:32 pm

My dad has a home nurse taking care of him in his home. The nurse gave notice and it will take about 3 weeks for me to hire a new home nurse. In the mean time I have to take care of my dad. Am I eligible for FMLA leave under this situation. I do not care for the FMLA pay, but I do need about three weeks of leave of absense from my employer. If my employer is not willing to grant the leave, what is my option?


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