“Family Leave Law Confuses Employers 25 Years Later”
ATLANTA (March 23, 2018) --- In a recent article published in Business Insurance, Matthew Gomes, partner in Weinberg Wheeler Hudgins Gunn & Dial’s Atlanta office, discusses misunderstood obligations that employers have regarding the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) 25 years after the landmark law’s passage. Gomes provides insight regarding how a human resources manager should respond to an employee with a serious health condition. “You may have an affirmative duty to inform the employee of his or her rights under the FMLA,” Gomes said. “There have been a number of FMLA claims that have arisen in that circumstance because the employee says, ‘you the employer should have let me know that I could’ve taken FMLA leave and by not doing that you denied my FMLA rights as a result.’” He also discusses employees who abuse the FMLA, “You see a lot of abuse where people have this condition that flares up on Monday mornings and Friday afternoons.”
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