The FMLA entitles eligible employees of covered employers to take 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave in a twelve-month period, for specified family and medical reasons According to the 2014 DMEC Employer Leave Management Survey, 37% of employers find it difficult to control employee FMLA abuse. I would imagine a larger portion of employers struggle with this during the holiday season. Abuse of the FMLA is expensive for employers, resulting in both direct and indirect costs. Fortunately, there are a few steps you can take to ensure your employees FMLA requests are for genuine FMLA-qualifying reasons.

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