This webinar will assist employers with effective strategies to identify, investigate, and terminate FMLA abusers. Employers will also learn when it is appropriate to deny FMLA requests.
Confusing regulations, along with numerous changes to the FMLA law, as well as, conflicting court decisions, cause FMLA to be one of the biggest compliance headaches for employers. A major FMLA frustration for employers is knowing what to do when an employee appears to be abusing FMLA and fraudulently using approved leave for non-FMLA purposes. Many employers feel helpless.
It is crucial that employers identify and terminate FMLA abusers; however, employers must proceed with caution when dealing with FMLA abuse; as the cost of violating the law can be massive. For instance, a fired Chase Manhattan Regional Manager won a federal jury verdict of more than $2.2 million in an employment discrimination suit alleging violation of the Family and Medical Leave Act.
Additionally, employees that abuse FMLA create a negative impact on company productivity, cause problems with customer service and employee morale; as well as increased costs via administration, overtime, covering shifts, etc. Some employers report experiencing as much as a 30% absenteeism rate, on any given day, due to FMLA abuse.
Areas to be Covered:
Which employers are covered
Creating and/or updating the employee leave policy
Determining the appropriate “leave year” period to implement
Which employees are entitled to FMLA
The definition of a “serious health condition”
Eligible reasons for leave
Determining Health Care Providers
Calculating leave entitlement and intermittent leave
Definition of fraud
Patterns of abuse
How to investigate suspected FMLA abuse
How to deal with FMLA abusers
When to deny an FMLA request
When to transfer an employee covered under FMLA
How to terminate an employee on FMLA
Who will Benefit: