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The Family and Medical Leave Act enables eligible employees to take leave for up to 12 weeks in a 12-month period for their own serious health condition, among other things.

How do you know if an employee is requesting FMLA leave? Do they have to say “F-M-L-A”? Heck no! But, they do have to provide enough information to permit an employer to conclude that the employee needs leave. But, what happens when the employee doesn’t say much? Rather, the biggest change is their workplace demeanor. Could that be enough to put an employer on notice?

Could a change in demeanor be enough to put an employer on notice? And, what if the employee doesn’t recognize that she even has a serious health condition?

Grab your pearls for clutching and read on…

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oysters on the half-shell - closeup - 2014-09-09I was wondering how I’d top yesterday’s lesson on how to curse out your boss, his mom, and his entire family on Facebook…and keep your job.

So, how about we do Family and Medical Leave Act and social media in one post! Yasssssssssssss! At this blog, that’s like the HR-compliance version of a dozen chilled oysters topped with a Viagra crumble.

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Do employee-leave issues and ACA woes have you feeling like this?

Well, next month, my friends at Kistler Tiffany and I have got your back. We’re presenting two free, live seminars to help you tackle your ACA, ADA, and FMLA issues.

  • The first will be on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM in Berwyn, PA.

A little over three years ago, I blogged here about the Senate and House each introducing the Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act. (FAMILY Act). The FAMILY Act, which never made it out of Congress to President Obama, would have created a national paid family and medical leave program for all workers, male and female.

Well, guess what’s back?

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The Third Circuit Court of Appeals has issued its first precedential decision confirming that the honest-belief doctrine defeats a retaliation claim under the Family and Medical Leave Act.

In plain English, the court in Capps v. Mondelez Global, LLC concluded that an employer can fire an employee whom it truly believes is misusing FMLA — even if the employer’s suspicion of FMLA fraud turns out to be wrong. That’s not FMLA retaliation.

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