Employee leave abuse has gotten a lot of attention. The most common example is the employee who requests and gets approval for FMLA leave and the employer learns that s/he is really on a trip. That’s not surprising. You’re probably thinking, ” Isn’t that a no-brainer?”. The answer really depends on the specific facts. What happens if an employee requests leave to receive and recover from surgery and s/he spends part of that recovery period on vacation?
An employee goes out on FMLA leave. While the employee is on leave, the employer contacts her. Six days before the anticipated end of that leave the employer fires the employee. The employee sues, alleging FMLA interference. Who wins? In this case, the employer did. Let’s delve into some of the details to learn why […]
So many inquiries I receive from employers and H.R. practitioners center around suspected leave abuse. Many say that managing absences and staying in compliance with the FMLA and ADA are among their biggest headaches. How do you hit that sweet spot? Is it possible? Yes it is. I’ll discuss just a few ways and give […]
Your employee incurs a slip-and-fall injury. What do you do? You might be thinking this is a trick question. Isn’t it what some would call a no-brainer? Give him/her a claim form, report the injury to your workers’ comp carrier and have the carrier-designated physician conduct a medical examination and see what’s to be done […]
I think we can all agree that employers are entitled to expect employees to show up to work and actually work. That means employees shouldn’t be coming in late, leaving early, gossiping, surfing the internet or engaging in other similar activities when they should be working. They generally shouldn’t be sleeping on the job either. […]