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The Three C’s of FMLA Administration

The Three C’s of FMLA Administration

A conservative FMLA process will include asking the employee if they need help printing and sending the paperwork to their doctor, asking if their next doctor’s appointment is before the due date, and at least one reminder about the due date about 5 days in advance.
FMLA and Side Hustles

FMLA and Side Hustles

Dave McClurg, an employment lawyer with Petrie + Pettit, reminds us that, at a minimum, evidence of outside work involving physical activities inconsistent with an employee’s FMLA certification provides a basis to request re-certification of the employees continued need for FMLA leave.
FMLA: How to Train Your Managers

FMLA: How to Train Your Managers

Do they need to know what FMLA and ADA are? Yes. Do they need to know how to administer all the details? No. If you spend too much time teaching them about the boring details of disability and leave of absence management you're going to lose your audience.
5 Myths about FMLA

5 Myths about FMLA

FMLA Myth #5: You cannot contact an employee about work during their FMLA leave. Reality: You cannot ask an employee to perform work while they are on a leave but you can reach out to ask basic questions.
FMLA Management

Six Ways to Equip Your HR Team for FMLA Management Issues

Stressful workplace changes, job changes, disciplinary action, attendance issues, and demotions can all cause an up-tick in FMLA cases and usage. Share information about large changes and escalated issues on a weekly basis across the entire HR team so that you can collaborate and prepare for the side effects of change management.  
Five Ways to Improve Your FMLA Management in 2019

Five Ways to Improve Your FMLA Management in 2019

If you're like most HR professionals, FMLA administration is not something you look forward to. Here are five ways to streamline and simplify your FMLA process next year: 
All I Want for Christmas is to Outsource FMLA Management

All I Want for Christmas is to Outsource FMLA Management

Okay, enough holiday puns. In all seriousness, here are 5 things that outsourcing your FMLA management can do for you . . .  

Exploring Attendance Policies Not Eligible for FMLA

Exploring Attendance Policies Not Eligible for FMLA

How do you handle an employee who needs medical leave but doesn’t qualify for FMLA? The employee may just be subject to your attendance policy. If so, it’s important to look at the details of your attendance policy to make sure that it doesn’t conflict with your other leave of absence policies and doesn’t drive the wrong behavior.

Exploring Personal Leave Policies When Not Eligible for FMLA

Exploring Personal Leave Policies When Not Eligible for FMLA

How do you handle an employee who needs medical leave but doesn’t qualify for FMLA? One option is to implement a Personal Leave Policy. Here are some things to think about when building and administering a Personal Leave Policy.

Exploring ADA Accommodations When Not Eligible for FMLA

Exploring ADA Accommodations When Not Eligible for FMLA

How do you handle an employee who needs medical leave but doesn’t qualify for FMLA? One option is to allow the leave as an accommodation under The American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA). But there are some things to think about first. Let’s discuss.

Defining FMLA's “In Loco Parentis”

Defining FMLA's “In Loco Parentis”

If you can’t require documentation for "in loco parents", then how can you prevent your employees from abusing it? The answer lies in your recruiting practices and your company culture . . .  

Why Use Leave Solutions Training?

Why Use Leave Solutions Training?

“If I sat through one more “Advanced FMLA” training session that spent the first 20 minutes going over federal Family and Medical Leave Act eligibility rules and other basics I was just going to lose it.”
Further Clarification on FMLA and Attendance Policies

Further Clarification on FMLA and Attendance Policies

Attendance policies have long created headaches for HR professionals when it comes to administering FMLA. In light of a new DOL Opinion Letter that addresses FMLA and no-fault attendance policies, this is a good time to revisit that topic.
FMLA Retaliation Claims

FMLA Retaliation Claims

Manager training is key in preventing Family and Medical Leave Act retaliation claims.
August Leave Solutions FMLA Newsletter

August Leave Solutions FMLA Newsletter

Check out our August newsletter here!  We hope you enjoyed our August Leave Solutions FMLA Newsletter! Leave Solutions is based in Milwaukee, WI an...
FMLA Abuse Part 6: When You Cannot Prove FMLA Abuse

FMLA Abuse Part 6: When You Cannot Prove FMLA Abuse

Investigating FMLA abuse can be very rewarding or very frustrating and there is usually no in-between. You review the employee’s absences, determin...
FMLA Abuse Part 5: 6 Tips for Using Private Investigators

FMLA Abuse Part 5: 6 Tips for Using Private Investigators

The idea of hiring a private investigator to uncover FMLA abuse can take a boring, paperwork-laden task from stale to sexy very quickly.

FMLA Abuse Series Part 4: Practical Ways to Approach FMLA Abuse

FMLA Abuse Series Part 4: Practical Ways to Approach FMLA Abuse

Learn exactly how to prep for and execute conversations with employees about FMLA abuse.
FMLA Abuse Part 3: Patterns vs. Abuse

FMLA Abuse Part 3: Patterns vs. Abuse

When you start looking closer at an employee’s intermittent FMLA absences and you find a pattern, it’s tempting to automatically assume that it’s abuse.
July Leave Solutions FMLA Newsletter

July Leave Solutions FMLA Newsletter

Read our newsletter for important FMLA information that you need to know.
FMLA Abuse Part 2: Underlying Causes of FMLA Abuse

FMLA Abuse Part 2: Underlying Causes of FMLA Abuse

Human Resource professionals often talk about the “Reasonable Person” rule. It says that when an employee violates a company policy, you should ask...
FMLA Abuse

FMLA Abuse Part 1: How to Identify FMLA Abuse

Let’s start by acknowledging that most of your employees are NOT abusing FMLA. Most employees taking FMLA are legitimately going through something ...
FMLA and Variable Pay Plans

FMLA and Variable Pay Plans

How should you handle production bonuses and other variable pay plans when someone misses work under FMLA? Here’s the short answer: Absences under ...
DOL Opinion Letter Summary #3: Perfect Attendance Bonuses and FMLA

DOL Opinion Letter Summary #3: Perfect Attendance Bonuses and FMLA

Perfect attendance bonuses were one of the very first topics that the DOL’s Wage and Hour Division commented on after the law was passed in 1993, s...
Five Reasons to Use Checklists for FMLA

Five Reasons to Use Checklists for FMLA

Consistency and documentation are the keys to a solid FMLA practice. Here’s why checklists help you succeed. Decision Making: A checklist guides y...