New hire requests FMLA? Beware retaliation

  • October 21, 2012

Is it protected activity that can’t be punished if an employee who is not yet eligible asks to take FMLA leave? Put another way, can an employer fire an employee...

OK to terminate, even after FMLA leave request

  • October 13, 2012

If you were going to terminate an employee before you learned she wanted FMLA leave, you still can. Just be sure you can document when and why the termination decision...

Fire away if worker abuses intermittent leave

  • September 16, 2012

If you suspect intermittent FMLA leave abuse, take action. You can check up on the employee or ask her what she is doing on the days she designates as intermittent...

Separate who approves FMLA, who disciplines

  • September 16, 2012

Make sure someone other than the supervisor who ordinarily disciplines an employee is responsible for approving and administering FMLA leave. By separating those...

Sometimes, pregnancy rises to a disability

  • September 11, 2012

Generally, pregnancy isn’t a disability under the ADA, nor are pregnancy-related complications. But under some limited circumstances—when pregnancy...

Get tough on vague, incomplete FMLA forms

  • August 29, 2012

Here’s good news for employers trying to manage FMLA leave and prevent abuse: If an employee’s FMLA certification form is incomplete or vague, you...

How to handle vague FMLA certification

  • August 28, 2012

Here’s good news for employers trying to manage FMLA leave and prevent abuse: If an employee’s FMLA certification form is incomplete or vague, you can deny...

Must we give FMLA leave to caretaker uncle?

  • August 23, 2012

Q. One of our employees has apparently taken in his sis­­ter’s young child because his sister is undergoing cancer treatment. He wants to take FMLA leave...