Category: Leave Management, Policy, and Compliance

Managing employee leave is one of HR’s most annoying (and thankless) tasks. First of all, there’s the federal FMLA, which is notoriously difficult to manage, and commonly gamed by employees. Stack on top of that state leave laws that usually conflict with the plus various pregnancy and disability laws. And then there’s the plethora of other types of leave like bereavement, jury duty, and military leave, each of which has its own quirks and challenges. This topic explores this in depth.

EEOC Issues Guidance on Pandemic Planning In the Workplace

This content was originally published in January 2010. For the latest FMLA regulation changes, visit our FMLA article archives or try our practical FMLA compliance guide. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, report “H1N1 Flu and You, Questions and Answers,” each year an average of 36,000 people die and over 200,000 people […]

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Expert Gives Tips on Preventing Intermittent Leave Abuse

This content was originally published in January 2010. For the latest FMLA regulation changes, visit our FMLA article archives or try our practical FMLA compliance guide. Barbara Dahlen, Human Resources manager for Bellefontaine Habilitation Center in St. Louis, Missouri, knows a few things about preventing intermittent leave abuse. As a speaker at a recent seminar […]

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‘Comp’ Time Confuses FMLA ‘Hours Worked’ Eligibility

This content was originally published in January 2010. For the latest FMLA regulation changes, visit our FMLA article archives or try our practical FMLA compliance guide. An employee is eligible for leave under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) if, among other things, he or she has worked for the employer for at […]

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FMLA: Substance Abuse? Holidays? Multiple SHCs?

FMLA just won’t get easier. It seems that every request for FMLA has some new twist. Today, we’ll unravel a few twisted misconceptions your managers and supervisors may have. In yesterday’s Advisor, we busted some myths concerning FMLA leave. Today, some of the thorniest questions readers ask, plus an introduction to the “FMLA Bible.” Do […]

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FMLA—Myths and Misconceptions

FMLA just won’t get easier. It seems that every request for FMLA has some new twist. Today, we’ll unravel a few twisted misconceptions your managers and supervisors may have. You probably know about these issues, but your managers and supervisors probably do not. Best way to get their attention? Remind them that under the FMLA, […]

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New IRS Guidance: Pay and Benefits During Military Leave

This content was originally published in April 2010. For the latest FMLA regulation changes, visit our FMLA article archives or try our practical FMLA compliance guide. Although the number of military service members called to active duty has decreased somewhat, many American men and women in the National Guard and reserves continue to receive the […]

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Retroactive FMLA Leave Designation: Proceed with Caution!

This content was originally published in April 2010. For the latest FMLA regulation changes, visit our FMLA article archives or try our practical FMLA compliance guide. If an employer fails to tell an employee that leave has been designated as FMLA leave, can the employer count the leave against the employee’s FMLA leave entitlement? The […]

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Train Managers on FMLA Basics Before Terminating an Employee

This content was originally published in April 2010. For the latest FMLA regulation changes, visit our FMLA article archives or try our practical FMLA compliance guide. During training, make sure managers and supervisors understand the importance of documentation and consulting with HR before terminating an employee. In a recent court case, an employer had documentation […]

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2010 Changes Affecting FMLA, Families, and Paid Leave

This content was originally published in April 2010. For the latest FMLA regulation changes, visit our FMLA article archives or try our practical FMLA compliance guide. As the new decade begins, so do more changes to the FMLA, childcare incentives, and paid leave initiatives in Congress. These changes will impact not only the ways in […]

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Ask the Expert: Can an employee take FMLA leave to go to a hypnotist if his doctor recommends this to help him quit smoking?

January 7, 2011 It is unlikely that the FMLA would cover leave for hypnosis as part of a program to quit smoking. First, smoking is not an underlying serious health condition. The definition of a “serious health condition” includes an illness, injury, impairment, or physical or mental condition that involves either inpatient care (i.e., an […]

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