FMLA

Latest Alerts and Information on Family and Medical Leave Administration

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How should my company track FMLA leave?

HR administrators who once felt firmly in control of the responsibilities required of them now must master a host of new forms and formulas to ensure compliance. Prime examples are Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) requirements, with their web of qualifying events, intermittent absences, and plentiful paperwork. So how can HR professionals keep their…

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What are FMLA qualifying events?

In our last blog post, we helped readers determine whether or not the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) applies to their company. In this post, we look at what kind of occurrences are qualifying events. The most common FMLA qualifying event for leave is an employee’s own serious health condition. Leave schedules are separated…

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Does the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) apply to you as an Employer?

If you’re the human resource manager of a large company, then you’re no doubt becoming increasingly acquainted with the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), which provides for up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave for employees who experience an FMLA qualifying event. FMLA guidelines are many, complicated and often ambiguous. But with the…

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Intermittent Leave: Approach with Caution

The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is a reasonable and compassionate solution to the reality that sometimes, employees need time off from work to deal with important personal matters like illness, childbirth, or adoption. There are many intricacies to effectively managing FMLA, but one form of leave that is challenging for employers is intermittent leave….

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FMLA Plus Statutory Leave Laws Equal Challenges for Employers

The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) offers protections to employees for family and medical needs in all the United States. But some states have decided that FMLA doesn’t go far enough. They have responded by enacting laws of their own to offer employees protections that extend beyond those offered by the FMLA. Identifying the interactions…

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Solid Documentation in FMLA and ADA Cases Strengthens Your Claim

Though the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) are separate pieces of legislation, there is interplay between them. When an employee takes medical leave and exhausts their FMLA entitlement but returns to work with ongoing medical issues, the employer is expected to make adjustments to the job or to…

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Now Trending: Paid Family and Medical Leave

How do we address the financial side of parental family leave? We see this question coming up more and more. The issue is the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) offers employees the option of unpaid leave. While FMLA has helped many people balance the needs of work and family without concern about job security,…

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How to minimize FMLA abuse: ‘Trust, but verify’

Approving and administering FMLA leaves is tricky business. On one hand, you want to do right by employees by allowing them the time they need (and are legally allowed) to recover from an illness or injury, and to help a family member do the same. On the other hand, you also want to make sure…

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Are your company’s FMLA policies putting it at risk?

Is there anything more frustrating than knowing what needs to be done, but forgetting to do it? There’s standing in line for an hour at the DMV, and then realizing you forgot your identification. Then there’s waiting on hold with the help desk, before realizing you don’t have your ticket number. And let’s not mention…

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How should companies send FMLA correspondence to employees?

The challenge of sending Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) correspondence to employees is truly a case of being squeezed at both ends. A human resource manager not only has to stay on top of all of the documentation associated with FMLA, but must also ensure that the documentation is received by employees, lest they…

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