|May 1, 2013 | www.fisherphillips.com|
The legitimate and beneficial purposes of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) are undeniable. The law provides employees who have a serious health condition, are caring for a family member with a serious health condition, or are undergoing certain major life events such as the birth or adoption of a child, a safety net in the form of job-protected leave. Many employers can recount success stories of employees who were experiencing very stressful times in their lives, took FMLA leave for qualifying reasons, and returned to the workplace as productive members of the team. These success stories underscore the purpose and benefits of the FMLA. Unfortunately, these everyday success stories are not the ones that stand out in the minds of many managers, and the old adage that a bad apple can ruin the barrel is true.