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Court illustrates how HR pros can be personally liable for FMLA blunders

Heads up: The stakes have been raised on FMLA compliance for human resources professionals.   That’s because an appeals court not only ruled that HR pros could be personally liable for FMLA [...]

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Here’s what trashing resumes, applications can cost you

A recent settlement of an EEOC lawsuit is a powerful reminder of just how important it is to retain job seekers’ application materials — and what it can cost if you fail to.  Last fall, HR [...]

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New FMLA poster issued by DOL: But do you have to use it?

The DOL just issued a new General FMLA Notice for employers to hang in their workplaces.  The notice can be found here. Now on to the big question: Do employers have to use it? The answer: [...]

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Oops: This FMLA policy was missing something kind of important

It’s time to double-check that your FMLA policy and notices aren’t missing this critical, but apparently easy to overlook, piece of info.  What is it? The 12-month period your company uses to [...]

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Was employee’s nap FMLA protected? How one court ruled

Scorned employees will cry “FMLA protection” for just about anything these days. The question is, when can the argument stick?  The answer, unfortunately, is all too familiar: It depends. All [...]

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Handling the tricky questions in FMLA intermittent leave

It’s a given: Intermittent FMLA leave is a giant thorn in the side of HR people everywhere. But not all intermittent leave requests are equal. Here’s a look at some of the most common scenarios, [...]

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Auto-termination policy was illegal, but employer’s actions weren’t: Court

Companies with automatic termination policies, policies that automatically terminate employees after they exceed a certain amount of leave time, have come under fire in recent years.   Reason: [...]

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FMLA abuse: A lesson in standing up to it

Handling intermittent FMLA leave can be intimidating. Here’s a case that shows it pays to act decisively when you suspect the employee-centric regs are being abused.   The story revolves around [...]

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5 times it’s OK to fire an employee on FMLA leave

Of course, you’d never to fire someone for taking FMLA leave. But perhaps the termination had been in the works long before the person took FMLA leave. It’s still a sticky situation, but a court [...]