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Encouraging FMLA leave

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Question: "How can I persuade our employees to take the leave FMLA was designed to provide? Short surgeries, family situations, and even new fathers—these are all situations in which employees have chosen to use vacation time instead of FMLA entitlements. The most common reasoning is 'I want to save it in case of a real emergency.' Any advice for making the case for FMLA?" — Elaine A., Florida


Your employees should not be electing whether or not their leave is FMLA qualifying. For instance, if you know an employee is out for a qualifying event, say the birth of a child, you should send a letter designating the leave as FMLA leave. Your FMLA leave should run concurrent with vacation/sick time. I strongly recommend adding this to your company handbook to prevent abuse of leave.

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