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FMLA Guidelines

We’ll assist you in tracking and managing intermittent FMLA leave … fighting FMLA fraud and FMLA abuse … and managing FMLA in general.

Beyond mastering FMLA regulations on intermittent leave, we’ll share FMLA guidelines on how to curb FMLA abuse, and dramatically improve your overall FMLA compliance.

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Ordinarily, workers are eligible for unpaid leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) after working for at least 12 months at a company and clocking at least 1,250 hours ...
It's official: Employees have the right, even in nonunion workplaces, to bring a co-worker as a witness to an investigative meeting that could result in discipline. Nonunion employees won ...
Robert Ruder began working in management at a Maine hospital on Jan. 5, 2000. Exactly one year later, he left work for unspecified medical reasons. His employer denied his request for ...
When it merged with another bank, Wells Fargo replaced its traditional employee sick- and vacation-leave policy with a paid-time-off (PTO) program and a short-term disability plan. A PTO policy combines annual ...
Alex Jiminez frequently missed work due to flare-ups of Crohn's disease. His employer's absentee policy required progressive warnings and eventual management review after 80 hours of absences. The company reminded ...
Could your supervisors and managers be held personally liable when they wrongly interpret the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)? In many courts, the answer is yes. Recent case: Susan ...
Under her employer's sick-leave policy, corrections officer Belinda Fountain had to provide a diagnosis of her medical condition every time she was absent. This "medical certification" had to be on ...
Truck driver Joseph Scamihorn Jr. saw his 73-year-old father fall into a deep depression soon after his daughter, Joseph's sister, was murdered. After notifying his employer, Scamihorn left his job for ...
Complying with the information-collection requirements of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) costs large- and medium-size employers an average of $825,000 annually, says a recent survey by the Employment ...
If you've only semiunderstood the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) until now, it's time to brush up. Reason: The 24-year-old law is spawning its greatest number of claims yet. (See chart below.) ...
Your company no longer has to worry about giving extra leave to an employee if you fail to designate the employee's leave as counting toward her Family and Medical Leave Act ...
After his wife gave birth, Kevin Knussman, a Maryland state trooper, applied for family leave. Because his wife had medical problems after the birth, Knussman asked for an extra 30 ...
Do any of these situations sound familiar? At Aon Corp., which lost many workers in the World Trade Center attack, groups ...
Who are your employees? Seems like a pretty simple question. But, as in several aspects of employment law, the answer may surprise you. Two recent court rulings illustrate how, in ...
Linda Collins' attendance record at work was spotty at best. Her employer warned her more than a dozen times, including four formal warnings. But when she again called in sick two ...

In last month's Business Talk column, a subscriber asked about holiday pay for workers taking leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Several of you asked us to elaborate ...

Joe Fitzpatrick told his supervisor that he was considering resigning and asked about getting one of the bonus checks that other members of his work group had received. "I have a ...
Q Our policy says an employee must work the workday before and after a holiday to receive holiday pay. If an employee is on Family and Medical Leave Act leave, is he entitled to holiday pay? —G.P., Indiana
Working around unscheduled absences is the bane of many supervisors’ existence. To reduce absenteeism, consider an employee benefit called paid time off (PTO).
Issue: In addition to suing the organization, employees may go after you personally in court.
Risk: Certain federal employment laws allow employees to sue their individual managers and HR reps, ...
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