Stopping FMLA misuse

08/9/2011 | HR.BLR.com

Fighting abuse of the Family and Medical Leave Act requires staying on top of trends in how employees take leave. This article rounds up 10 tips for monitoring workers' behavior fairly and accurately, including requiring certification of any reported medical condition, insisting on periodic status updates and using a relatively lengthy time frame to determine patterns. "Because evidence of a pattern of abuse is usually going to be circumstantial rather than medical, the employer must track such evidence over a long enough period so as to demonstrate that the suspicious absences are due to more than mere coincidence," this article notes.

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