Tag: FMLA abuse


Practical Guidance from Recent FMLA Abuse Cases

In a recent opinion, the 4th Circuit held that an employee failed to show that his former employer’s stated reason for discharging him was a pretext, or excuse, for retaliation based on his use of leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

Need to root out FMLA abuse? Requesting recertification a valuable tool

The federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) often enables employees dealing with serious health conditions to hold down a job while also attending to their medical issues. Used properly, it can be a win-win for both the employee and the employer. But many employers can tell war stories about challenges in administrating FMLA leave: […]

Managing Intermittent and Reduced Schedule Leave

It’s one thing to grasp individual Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) rules, but another thing entirely to apply them in the real world. This article series addresses some of the most confusing real world problems. Here we’ll focus on managing intermittent and reduced schedule leave.


Targeting FMLA Fraud and Abuse: What is Fraud?

One of the biggest Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) frustrations for employers is what to do with an employee who appears to be abusing the law’s protections or, even worse, fraudulently using approved leave for non-FMLA purposes.

15 Tactics to Prevent FMLA Abuse

By Kate McGovern Tornone, Editor As evidenced by a session from the 2016 Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Conference & Exposition held last month in Washington D.C., Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) abuse continues to be hot topic for employers.

Ask the Expert: FMLA Abuse by Employee with Chronically Ill Wife?

We have an employee whose wife has a serious, chronic health condition. He has approved intermittent FMLA. We are suspicious of FMLA abuse–that he is taking advantage of it and uses his wife as an excuse for all of his absences, which are frequent. Can we ask for a doctor’s note each time he has […]

How to curb intermittent FMLA leave abuse

by Lisa Berg One of employers’ most common complaints about administering Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave is employees’ tendency to abuse intermittent leave. When combatting this type of fraud, employers must navigate tricky U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) regulations as well as federal court rulings that limit the type of information that can […]