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Is Having Fun While Out On FMLA Leave A Sign Of Fraud?

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Late last year, a Canadian insurance company cut off benefits to a Quebec woman who had been on sick leave for depression for over a year after it saw pictures on Facebook of the woman having fun at a Chippendales show, at her birthday party, and on a trip to the beach.  The company claimed the pictures showed that she was no longer depressed and could work.  The woman claimed that she was merely following her doctor's advice to try to have fun, including hanging out at a local bar with friends and taking short trips to sunny locations, as a way to forget her problems.


Although this situation pertains to Canadian insurance regulations, it highlights a scenario that U.S. employers could face themselves when it comes to employees taking leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).  The question is not whether an employer can use employees' Facebook pages against them.  (The answer to that is it's ...(register to read more)

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