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Be sure managers know they can’t discipline employees for using FMLA

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Some managers resent the idea of FMLA leave. They may believe that employees who take time off for family or medical needs aren’t really team players or don’t have their work priorities straight. Of course, that attitude is the very reason Con­gress passed the FMLA—so employees wouldn’t have to fear being fired for trying to balance family needs with work.

Don’t let an angry manager turn routine FMLA leave into expensive and time-consuming litigation. Make sure all supervisors understand their FMLA obligations—and that they have no choice but to cheerfully allow em­­ployees to exercise their rights.

Then make doubly sure that any discipline that follows FMLA leave is fair, consistent and follows standard company policy.

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