New FMLA Guide Released
By Sonal Shah, JD, Senior Employment Law Counsel
Published October 9, 2018
According to FMLASource, 10.7% of the U.S. workforce is on Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave at any point in time. That means that many of you are probably dealing with a FMLA claim or claims right now. It’s important you handle FMLA issues properly from start to finish, or you could be on the losing end of a lawsuit. Consider Schultz v. Advocate Health Case No. 01C-0702 (N.D. Ill. June 5, 2002), in which a 25-year employee of the hospital, located in Oak Lawn, Illinois, alleged that he was retaliated against for taking time off under FMLA to care for his aging parents. After a seven-day trial and eight hours of deliberations, a jury ruled in favor of the employee. Judgments of $10.75 million were levied against Advocate Health and additional awards of $450,000 each were levied against two supervisors.
So, how can you ensure you are following the law and best practices and neither you nor your organization end up in a legal dispute? You can start by reading through our new FMLA Guide. This comprehensive resource, which was updated and delivered to HR Source members last month, covers the basics of the law, includes important practice pointers, and references interesting and relevant cases. It also includes a sample FMLA policy that you can include in your handbook. While the FMLA Guide may not be a quick read at 36 pages, it will be worth your time!
Have questions or need help with your FMLA issues? HR Source members should call or email our HR Hotline at 800-448-4584 or firstname.lastname@example.org for guidance.