Every HR professional knows that the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) can be very, very tricky. With so many diverse situations that could apply and compliance hurdles around every turn (not to mention actually tracking the employee’s FMLA leave accurately), it can be a real personnel management headache. However, a new video training series can help!
These five FMLA training videos from BLR® examine scenarios with FMLA implications similar to what your supervisors or managers could face. Introduced by Managing Editor Steve Bruce, PhD, PHR, each dramatized situation is then analyzed by our FMLA expert, Senior Legal Editor Susan Schoenfeld, JD. Click on the links below to watch the videos!
- Scenario 1: Employee leave request for a pregnant daughter. In this scenario, an employee asks her supervisor for time off to care for her daughter, who is on bed rest due to a high-risk pregnancy.
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- Scenario 2: Employee caring for a disabled nephew. Here, an employee has a situation where his disabled nephew—who lives with the employee—is sick and cannot take care of himself.
- Scenario 3: Employee’s “cold case” and uncertain certification. In this scenario, an employee has a “common” cold that requires more than 3 consecutive days of bed rest and prescription medications. The employee fails to provide medical certification at first and then when she does, the manager suspects it may be a forgery.
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- Scenario 4: “Making up” leave, moonlighting, and fraud. An employee wants to make up for FMLA leave already taken. Then, the supervisor learns that the employee may have violated the company’s moonlighting policy—and possibly committed FMLA fraud.
- Scenario 5: A Department of Labor (DOL) investigation goes wrong. In our final scenario, we’ve got an employer faced with a DOL investigation—and a supervisor who demonstrates lack of understanding of the FMLA.
FMLA compliance can be complex—but with the right tools and training, HR pros can always find a way to successfully navigate these treacherous legal waters. We’ll see you next week!