Tell managers: Never comment on FMLA leave

  • July 25, 2017

Employees who qualify for FMLA leave can’t be punished for taking it. Any action that could be seen as dissuading workers from exercising their right to take FMLA...

Teach managers: No complaining about FMLA

  • June 16, 2017

Make sure all supervisors understand that they must never criticize employees for taking FMLA leave. For employees who need to care for their own serious health...

No guarantee of same job after FMLA leave

  • June 13, 2017

You may have to promote someone from within to do the work of the employee who has taken FMLA leave. But what about the employee who took FMLA leave? Isn’t he...

FMLA: You can require fitness-for-duty proof

  • March 13, 2017

It’s perfectly acceptable to require employees who want to return to work following an absence to present a fitness-for-duty certificate from a medical provider....

One time you don’t have to give FMLA notice

  • March 10, 2017

If an employee has already taken FMLA leave several times before, do you still have to go through the motions of providing FMLA notice every time the employee calls off?

Do colds and the flu qualify for FMLA leave?

  • September 26, 2016

As it does every year, flu season brings confusion and questions over whether the flu or a common cold can rise to the level of “serious health condition”...

Firing OK for cheating discovered during FMLA

  • September 21, 2016

Employees who take FMLA leave are entitled to return to their old jobs or equivalent ones. But what if you learn during an employee’s time out on FMLA leave that...

The right way to collect proof of FMLA need

  • September 05, 2016

To help you decide whether an illness or injury rises to the level of a serious condition that triggers the need for FMLA leave, you can require employees to provide...