Human Resources News & Insights

Here’s a proven template for firing an FMLA abuser

A recent lawsuit and subsequent courtroom battle provides a valuable lesson in how to terminate a Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) abuser while fending off claims of interference and/or retaliation. 

Well, that was dumb: Facebook post gets man fired for FMLA abuse

It never ceases to amaze what kinds of social media posts employees feel are OK. How could this man have possibly thought it was appropriate to post this while on FMLA leave? 

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.  

‘She’s taking leave where?’ Firing for FMLA abuse leads to lawsuit

Behold the perils of dealing with the FMLA in the Golden Age of Employment Litigation: After clearly catching its employee in the act of FMLA leave abuse, this employer still got sued. 

Can you request doctors’ notes for each suspicious FMLA absence?

It’s no secret, administering intermittent FMLA leave is a pain in the butt. One company tried to make it easier on itself by adding a documentation requirement to its leave policy. The question is, was the move legal? 

Suspect an employee’s abusing FMLA? Here’s an example of how to handle it

How far can an employer really go when all it has is an “honest suspicion” of FMLA abuse? A recent court case describes one organization’s successful handling of just such a situation.  

7 tactics for preventing FMLA abuse

FMLA abuse: With all of the laws out there protecting employee rights, many firms feel it’s a problem they’re powerless to stop. As a result, they don’t closely question employees about their FMLA requests. But that can be very costly.

2 new FMLA cases to make HR laugh

There’s not a lot of humor to be found in employment law, let alone the Family and Medical Leave Act. But these cases should be good for a chuckle.

Staffer’s own Facebook photos proved FMLA abuse

When it comes to abusing FMLA leave, this employee failed in a particularly funny way — and she only has herself to blame.

NCAA tourney and FMLA: March Madness for HR?

Any of your employees take FMLA leave March 17 and 18? Better check their certification. If it’s signed by “Nurse Ashleigh,” you’ve got a problem.