Are employees abusing FMLA?
Now, the Labor Department wants to know if all is well with how this law is used and employers are speaking up. They say its not the people using FMLA for family leave that are the problem, but those using it for medical leave. We were supposed to use FMLA for time off when we had serious health conditions. Instead, employers say some of us are using it to stay home Monday morning after a weekend of partying or when we have stomach aches -- not the serious health conditions intended when the law was approved. So these employers groups want the Labor Department to make changes. They also want the right to call our doctors and ask more questions about medical forms that document our need for time off when we get seriously sick. What do you think about FMLA? Is there a need for clarification?
Click here to read my article in today's Miami Herald on FMLA.