Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Friend of the blog, Jeff Nowak, sends along links to monthly FMLA podcasts that highlights difficult FMLA issues employers regularly face and provides advice on how employers might handle the situation. Here is the link for the August FMLA podcast, which provides practical suggestions for handling intermittent FMLA leave: "Do we really need to worry about the FMLA for short absences?"
The September FMLA podcast, entitled, "Is it true that employers can't contact a health care provider to clarify a medical condition?", deals with the "myth" that employers cannot follow up with an employee’s health care provider to clarify or authenticate medical certification. Depending on the circumstances, the new FMLA rules provide several additional tools for employers to use when following-up on inadequate or questionable medical certification.
If any readers have any questions about the FMLA or have recommendations of scenarios you'd like Jeff and his firm to cover in future podcasts, please email him at email@example.com.