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No slack for employees who take FMLA, then get caught breaking your rules

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Two obvious truths that employees sometimes misunderstand:

1. Employees who take FMLA leave are not immune to discipline discovered while they are out on FMLA leave or after they return to work.

2. If an employee asks for a new assignment when she returns from FMLA leave, it’s perfectly legal for the employer to grant that request. That in no way violates the FMLA. Just make sure you carefully document the request at the time she makes it.

Recent case: Karen worked as a professor of art at the University of Texas, where she began teaching in 2005. She received tenure a few years later.

Then, in 2012, she requested FMLA leave for the spring semester 2013 so she could take care of her ill father in Detroit. Her leave was quickly approved for the entire spring semester, and she was paid for the entire time, using her accrued leave.

In May 2013, she notified the university that her father had passed away—and that she wa...(register to read more)

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