Suppose you find your company is affected by the pandemic and resulting economic downturn. You decide to furlough some of your employees. You inform them of their impending furlough. You hope that you can now focus on staying afloat until the economy improves. Could the furloughs themselves cause you other problems? What if your employees […]
A member of the team you supervise is up for a promotion. You reject that team member as you feel s/he is not dependable. Specifically, s/he is out at least once every 2 weeks on what s/he calls “intermittent FMLA”. That same less-than-stellar attendance record provided support for his/her recent negative performance review. The employee […]
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 […]