Have you ever approvedfor an employee but had a sneaking suspicion that the time off would be used for much more than bed rest? In this new ruling, the company actually videotaped a supposedly injured -leave taker building a porch on his house. But be careful not to pull out the “You’re Fired!” finger too quickly or you may find yourself in the center of an suit.
Case in Point: James Weimer worked on a Honda assembly line at an Ohio plant. One day, he suffered a concussion when a co-worker closed his head into the trunk of his car. The company doctor ordered him off work pending further exams by a specialist. Weimer ask for FMLA leave and received it.
Weimer was cleared to return to work on March 15 but actually came back the following day. Honda, acting on a tip, videotaped Weimer on March 15 building a front porch on his home. When he returned to work on March...(register to read more)