When the Family and Medical Leave Act was passed into law in 1993, our lawmakers unfortunately did not anticipate the unintended consequences of the intermittent component of the FMLA whereby employees can take a day here or a day there instead of taking their leave consecutively.
This one rule, though helpful and used properly by many, has definitely been abused by certain employees.
But what can HR do? Well, a lot.
Even though the FMLA regulations are complex, confusing, and present loopholes that are easy to exploit, companies should not be reluctant to deny leave or terminate troublesome employees for fear of being sued.
This training session will help you identify exactly what you can do – and how to take decisive action in even the most delicate situations. By attending, you will learn from a seasoned HR veteran with more than 25 years of experience in how to manage employees — and how to investigate an employee who is gaming the system.
By the end of this session, you will be able to:
- Recognize the most common abuses of FMLA and why it's happening
- Identify employer obligations under the Family and Medical Leave Act so you can investigate without stepping on legal land mines
- Identify the regulatory changes to the FMLA that give leverage to employers to curb leave abuse
- Create organizational policies to effectively manage FMLA leave — and effectively deny leave to employees who fail to follow leave policies
- Identify patterns, trends, and leave abuse history
- Assemble the right investigative team to conduct an internal investigation
- Learn the basic steps in how to approach an internal investigation to obtain the necessary evidence of fraud
- Recognize the risks in only obtaining testimonial evidence or “Facebook postings” to support a FMLA abuse case
- Evaluate investigative findings and prepare a report that is court-ready
Presenter: Natalie Ivey
Natalie Ivey is President and CEO of Results Performance Consulting, Inc., a firm specializing in leadership and employee development training and continuing education programs for the HR profession.
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