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FMLA FAQ: Can an Employer Require That an Employee Sign a Form Confirming He Took FMLA Leave for the Reason Provided (To Combat FMLA Abuse)?

Q. In trying to reduce the amount of FMLA abuse in our Company (about 30% usage), we are contemplating having employees returning from FMLA leave complete a form that asks why they were out, had they been out for this reason before (and when), and that they took leave for the reason they provided. Can we … Continue Reading

Introducing Our "CALM" Service: The Key to an Employer's Compliance with FMLA and ADA

FMLA and ADA friends: You’ve known me long enough to appreciate that I don’t engage in a whole lot of shameless self-promotion.  But can you indulge me one time to do so here? Let me explain. Over the past few years, employers have increasingly asked me to develop a service in which I provide practical guidance on troublesome FMLA and ADA … Continue Reading

Check Out ABA's Summary of 2014 FMLA Court Decisions -- An Excellent Resource for Employers

Want to read about nearly FMLA case that was either dismissed or allowed to advance toward trial?  Want a snapshot of what employers got right and what they got wrong in the land of FMLA?  Look no further: Every February, the American Bar Association’s Federal Labor Standards Legislation Committee publishes a comprehensive report of significant FMLA … Continue Reading

Want to Drastically Improve Your FMLA and ADA Expertise? My Recommendations on the Top FMLA/ADA Conferences to Attend

Throughout the year, HR professionals and attorneys ask for my recommendations on the very best conferences to learn more about the FMLA and ADA.  The “best,” of course, is in the eye of the beholder.  In my humble opinion, however, the conferences highlighted below are can’t miss seminars if you want to expand your knowledge … Continue Reading

President Obama Pushes Employers to Provide Paid Leave to Their Workers; What is the Impact on Employers?

Yesterday, President Barack Obama took the most significant steps yet to push for federally mandated paid leave for all American workers.  In addition to signing a presidential memorandum directing federal agencies to advance up to six weeks of paid sick leave to federal employees with a new child, he also called on Congress, states and cities … Continue Reading

Happy Thanksgiving from FMLA Insights!

This Thanksgiving, I have much to be thankful for: a wonderful family and friends, a great job, good health, loyal readers.  The economy of 2011 and beyond continues to be challenging for employers, but there still is much to be thankful for on this special holiday.  For those employers open on Black Friday, may your FMLA headaches be scarce, and for those with … Continue Reading

The ABA Blawg 100: Vote FMLA Insights!

Voting is now open for the the ABA Journal’s 100 best legal blogs, and we would love to have your support! When starting this blog, we sought to provide employers with the very best advice in handling common, yet difficult issues that arise under the Family and Medical Leave Act.  Whether it’s commenting on a significant … Continue Reading
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