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Disciplining disabled worker for absenteeism? Make sure she knows your rules

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When their medical conditions flare up, disabled employees may need to take frequent time off as intermittent FMLA leave. Those absences can make it hard to manage work that need to get done.

However, FMLA leave is a right. It is essential to grant FMLA leave when eligible employees need it.

At the same time, it is perfectly legal to require employees to follow specific procedures for using leave. Just make sure employees understand those rules.

Recent case: Wanda worked for the Temple University Health System as an access specialist at the call center, which operates 24/7. She handled phone calls from health care professionals, including emergency calls when medical providers needed to get in touch with doctors on call to deal with urgent medical problems. She always worked the overnight shift—midnight to 8:30 a.m.

Her position was critical, as patients’ lives sometimes depended on her.

Wanda has long suffered from...(register to read more)

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