Absenteeism and Attendance

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    There is no federal law that obligates employers to adopt or follow any specific disciplinary process. In the vast majority of states, the default rule is that employment is at will, which means that the employer or the employee can terminate the employment relationship at any time and for any reason (or no reason) unless a law or agreement...

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    In theory, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is a law that recognizes an employee’s need for unforeseen leave while minimizing the costs and efforts of the employer. It sounds simple enough to say that an employee can receive up to 12 weeks (or, up to 26 weeks where applicable) of unpaid leave a year for certain reasons and can then...

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    Attendance issues are among the most common problems facing employers in today’s workplace. Legitimate illnesses still account for the majority of employee absences, but some studies have shown that less than one-third of absences from the workplace are related to poor health. Most employers offer their workers vacation, sick leave, paid...

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    Let’s face it --  some employees have a sophisticated sense about how to abuse their rights under the Family and Medical Leave Act, particularly when using intermittent leave when vacation and sick time are not available. To minimize disruption in your workplace, you've got to know how to detect and deal with employees who abuse FMLA...
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    Let’s face it --  some employees have a sophisticated sense about how to abuse their right to leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act, particularly when using intermittent leave when vacation and sick time are not available. To minimize disruption in your workplace, you've got to know how to detect and deal with employees who...
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    When an employee presents a medical certification stating “time off as needed,” you may cringe. That's an understandable reaction considering that note could become the thorn in your side the employee takes intermittent leave under FMLA, but chooses to abuse the time off by repeatedly calling out. Sometimes the writing is on the...
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    Think back to last year's relentless and brutal winter. Back-to-back blizzards brought pleas from emergency management authorities for people to stay off the roads, and schools and offices saw a record-number of closings and delays. With such treacherous conditions, employers found themselves hesitant to crack down on absent employees when they...
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    Think back to last year's relentless and brutal winter. Back-to-back blizzards brought pleas from emergency management authorities for people to stay off the roads, and schools and offices saw a record-number  of closings and delays. With such treacherous conditions, employers found themselves hesitant to crack down on absent employees when...
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    Let’s face it --  some employees have a sophisticated sense about how to abuse their right to leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act, particularly when using intermittent leave when vacation and sick time are not available. To minimize disruption in your workplace, you've got to know how to detect and deal with employees who...
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    Medical certification rules are designed to help you verify whether a request for leave, be it long-term or intermittent, is protected under FMLA/CFRA. But what happens when the employee repeatedly forgets to give you the certification form to his doctor, or fails to return it by the specified deadline? And what if the healthcare provider is...
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