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FMLA: Curbing Abuse

 Obtaining medical certifications and recertifications of serious health conditions and having carefully thought-out conversations with employees suspected of abusing Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) time off can help send fraudsters a message: The employer is monitoring them. The employer can't interfere with legitimate FMLA leave, but it can strive to prevent the law from turning into the "Friday and Monday leave act."

Frequently requesting Fridays or Mondays off or taking leave after objecting to new job assignments can be signs of FMLA fraud. But an employer can't assume that these acts amount to abuse of such leave. Instead, it must determine whether the individual is covered by the FMLA and whether the time off is protected.

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How to Stop FMLA Abuse
SHRM | Feb 2020

Note:  The focus of this Express Request is minimizing abuse of the FMLA.  For comprehensive resources on the law, visit USDOL's FMLA Page.

Law Firm Resources

Podcast: Lots Of Leaves: Managing FMLA Abuse And Other Challenging Leave Issues
Ogletree | Dec 2019

Honesty Is The Best Policy: An Employer's Guide To Combatting FMLA Fraud And Abuse
Fisher Phillips | Jul 2019

Curing the 'Friday and Monday Leave Act' Blues: Addressing Increased Summertime Absenteeism and FMLA Intermittent Leave
Bradley | Jul 2018

Fighting FMLA Abuse in the Summertime: Top 10 Employer Tools to Keep Employees Honest
FMLA Insights via SHRM | Jul 2018

Investigate FMLA Fraud? Absolutely! But…
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