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Employee's bizarre behavior can count as FMLA 'notice'

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If you’ve never had any formal psychiatric training, maybe it’s time you put your business plan aside and register for Psych 101. Why? A new court ruling shows that the FMLA now requires you and your supervisors to play psychiatrist, too.

Typically, employees must notify you if they have an FMLA-qualifying “serious” physical or mental condition. But what if the employee, herself, isn’t aware of this need? Is it up to you and your supervisors to recognize any behavior changes that may indicate the presence of a serious FMLA-qualifying condition? In cases of psychiatric problems it likely does, as the following case shows.

Case in Point: Beverly Stevenson, an electric-company receptionist, was a model employee for eight years. All that changed the day a stray dog climbed through a window and approached her in the warehouse. Stevenson became unhinged. She started spraying deodorizer on the dog and yelling and cursi...(register to read more)

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