If you use a cover letter with your DOL designation notice, Caraway suggests it include the following:
Be sure to say, “If you need another copy, let us know.”
Establish an FMLA calendar, Caraway says. On it:
FMLA changes—the #1 hassle of 2010, and likely of 2011. BLR's compliance guide is ready to help now. Click here to find out more about the Family and Medical Leave Act Compliance Guide.
Use your recertification opportunities, Caraway says; they are the tool to use if you question the employee’s use of FMLA leave as compared to his or her current documentation.
If a recertification calls for additional approved leave periods or a changed amount of leave, send an updated letter.
Get a recertification every new 12-month period during which leave is requested. At that time, also reassess the 1250-hour-in-the-past-12-months requirement.
Back up any oral communications about FMLA leave in writing, says Caraway. Otherwise, you won’t be able to refute the most common response in FMLA: “I have no recollection.”
FMLA hassles—they just won't go away, will they? And, now, of course, there are all the new FMLA responsibilities—like military leave and reinstatement. Shell-shocked?
It's an almost overwhelming task to keep up with FMLA, let alone get in compliance with the far-reaching changes. You're going to need a helping hand. Good news! BLR's editors have gone into overdrive to get your comprehensive compliance guide ready.
BLR's recently updated Family and Medical Leave Act Compliance Guide simplifies the frustrating and confusing complexities of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), so you know exactly how to comply in every situation.
It contains practical answers to all the FMLA questions you are asking—and the ones you haven't thought of but should be asking.
A whirlwind of changes has hit the FMLA—are you ready to comply? Order BLR's comprehensive guidebook and find out what you need to do. You'll get expert FMLA guidance, forms, and concrete examples. Find out more.
The Family and Medical Leave Act Compliance Guide includes:
Get more information or order your copy of the Family and Medical Leave Act Compliance Guide.
If you have comments about this tip and want to post them on this page to share your thoughts with other HR Daily Advisor readers, simply enter your comments below. NOTE: Your name will appear on any comments posted.
Copyright © 2013 BLR Business & Legal Reports Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited.