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Best practices for preventing FMLA abuse

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It's unfortunate that as an HR professional you have to add managing Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) abuse to your "to do list."  But the reality is that the complexities of the FMLA open the door for unscrupulous workers to take advantage of the law and your organization — by requesting leave for not-so-serious health problems, or worse, by taking intermittent leave as a way to escape disciplinary action for tardiness or poor attendance.

Fighting FMLA abuse might seem daunting, but it's completely doable, thanks, in large part, to the final FMLA regulations, which became effective Jan. 16, 2009, said Linda Southard, Founder and President of Work & Well, a provider of medical leave management and administration programs. 

According to Spencer Benefit Report, approximately 40% of HR professionals reported approving FMLA requests that they believed were not legitimate and 42% cited employee abuse of intermitte...(register to read more)

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