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...

Take care when calculating overtime & FMLA

  • June 21, 2016

Do you offer voluntary overtime to employees, but make attendance mandatory if employees sign up? If so, watch how you calculate FMLA leave. You have to include the...

Yes, you can punish fraudulent FMLA leave

  • June 10, 2016

If you are sure an employee has been misusing FMLA leave or submitting fraudulent information as part of her FMLA leave request, don’t fear punishing her.

FMLA reveals poor performance? Discipline

  • March 19, 2016

Sometimes, it takes an absence to discover that an employee wasn’t doing her job well. But some HR professionals and supervisors fear disciplining a worker if...

FMLA leave may be ADA accommodation

  • January 05, 2016

Here’s something to remember when an employee claims she has a disability that interferes with her ability to work overtime or even a full day. You can offer...

No harm in being more generous than FMLA

  • December 29, 2015

Employers are supposed to let employees who need FMLA leave know about their eligibility and what’s involved in taking leave. But what if you offer a leave plan...