festivus.jpgMany years ago, on December 23, Frank Costanza introduced Festivus to us. Whether it was the Airing of Grievances, Feats of Strength, or the aluminum pole, yet another Seinfeld episode had us in stitches.

Although we introduced no similar creative holidays on the blog this year, we still hope we brought a chuckle as we covered an otherwise very serious topic for employers. Another Festivus miracle, indeed!

So, in honor of you — the weary HR professional, the overworked in-house counsel, and the pooped practitioner — I bring you this merry little jingle, sung to the melody of John Lennon’s “Happy Christmas”:

So this is Christmas
And what have you done
Another leave year over
And a new one just begun

And so this is a new leave year
I hope you have fun
With certs and re-certs
Your job’s nearly done

But here comes Jeff and Matthew
To certify their bad back
You better run for cover
Before the rest catch on and attack

A very merry leave year
And oodles of FMLA fun
Let’s hope you don’t need surveillance
To catch them on the run

And so happy leave year
Where physicians have your back
They’ll still charge 20 or 50
To give you chicken scratch

FMLA Abuse is over
If you want it
FMLA abuse is over

I look forward to covering anything and everything that is FMLA in 2014.  And sharing a few laughs along the way, too.  All my best for a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a Happy New Leave Year!

In the meantime, tell me . . . when do the Feats of Strength begin?