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New DOL FMLA Branch Chief: Expect Even More On-Site FMLA Investigations
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Apr. 23, 2014
"Calling 2014 a 'pivotal' year for FMLA enforcement, [DOL's FMLA Branch Chief Helen] Applewhaite focused [a recent] presentation on the DOL's renewed emphasis on conducting compliance investigations with an emphasis on-site FMLA visits to ensure compliance.... Ms. Applewhaite shared a few nuggets that employers should be aware of: On-site investigations are the new norm.... The DOL is focusing its attention on systemic FMLA issues.... DOL will give particular attention to those areas within your organization where leaves of absence tend to be more frequent.... Employee interviews will become standard practice in an on-site visit.... Given DOL's enforcement activity in this area, you need to be prepared for your inevitable FMLA investigation."

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