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Your Employee Is Absent More Often Than Indicated on his FMLA Medical Certification. Now What?

A week doesn’t go by without a client asking me whether they can discipline an employee for exceeding the number of absences allowed on their FMLA medical certification. The fact pattern usually goes something like this: Johnny is an assemblyman at your 200-employee facility. He assembles johnson rods. He also has a chronic bad back, and … Continue Reading

Can Employees Be Disciplined When They Exceed the Frequency or Duration on Their FMLA Medical Certification?

One of the biggest headaches for employers when administering FMLA leave is how to deal with the employee who exceeds the frequency or duration identified on the employee’s medical certification. Nearly all of these situations involve intermittent leave, which is the type of leave most frequently abused by employees. Take, for example, Joe, who suffers from irritable … Continue Reading

What Employers Can Learn from Physicians When It Comes to Administering the FMLA

Earlier this month, I took one for the team.  And I survived.  I had the privilege of presenting to a number of employers and health care providers at the annual “Impairment Without Disability” conference, an event sponsored by Mayo Clinic which brings physicians and employers together to share their common knowledge, experiences and goals, and work … Continue Reading

Employee Fired for Absences Exceeding his Certification Can Raise a Viable FMLA Claim

Have you ever made a rash decision that you wish you could take back the second you made it? One employer must feel that way right about now. Last week, a federal court refused to dismiss FMLA claims made against the employer by an employee who was terminated for exceeding the number of “episodes” of … Continue Reading
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