Jeff Nowak

Jeff Nowak

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FMLA FAQ: Can An Employer Designate FMLA Leave When An Employee Refuses To Provide Medical Certification?

I received a ton of feedback last week in response to my post about whether an employee can decline FMLA leave even though the absence qualifies under the Act. One question, in particular, was thrown at me repeatedly, and it...more

3/14/2014 - Compliance FMLA Medical Certification Requests Medical Leave Sick Leave

Can An Employee Insist That The Employer Pay For FMLA Medical Certification?

Let's put our heads together on this one. You see, it appears as though far too many employees have bought into the notion that their employer is always responsible for the cost of obtaining medical certification to support...more

2/12/2014 - DOL Employee Rights Employer Liability Issues FMLA Medical Certification Requests

Conquering The FMLA Medical Certification Process: A Recap Of Our Webinar

Thanks to those who attended my webinar last week with Matt Morris on "Conquering the FMLA Medical Certification Process: Best Practices for Employers." We covered a whole host of topics during the webinar: How...more

12/13/2013 - Employer Liability Issues FMLA Medical Certification Requests

Yahoo's Sweetened Parental Leave Policy Raises Practical FMLA Certification Issues For Moms And Dads In The Workplace

It seems that what Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer taketh, she giveth back. Or something like that. As you will recall, Mayer made waves several months back when she banned all Yahoo employees from working from home, a rather...more

5/9/2013 - FMLA Marissa Mayer Maternity Leave Medical Certification Requests Paid Leave Parental Leave Telecommuting Yahoo!

FMLA FAQ: How Long Can An Employer Rely On A Second Or Third Opinion Under The FMLA?

We have become more aggressive on suspected cases of FMLA abuse and, as a result, we have sent a greater number of employees for second and third opinions after they turn in medical certification. Once we have received the...more

3/26/2013 - FMLA Medical Certification Requests Medical Leave

Court Rules That Third Party Administrators Can Be Held Liable For FMLA-Related Violations

Employers often outsource to third party administrators the task of managing their FMLA processes. Under this model, the TPA handles FMLA requests, paperwork and approvals instead of the employer's human resources or...more

3/19/2013 - FMLA Hiring & Firing Human Resources Professionals Medical Certification Requests Medical Leave PHI Termination Third-Party Tortious Interference

How Can Congress Improve The FMLA? Let's Count the Ways...

Over the past month, as we recognized the 20th Anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act, advocates for employees and employers have been clamoring for changes to the Act. ...more

3/7/2013 - FMLA Medical Certification Requests Medical Leave Paid Leave

An Employee Requests And Is Denied Vacation Leave But Later Takes FMLA Leave For The Same Time Period. What Recourse Does An...

This scenario is all too familiar for employers: shortly before Christmas, your employee requests vacation leave for Christmas Eve and New Years Eve. Due to seniority or the employee's last minute request for time off, her...more

1/8/2013 - FMLA FMLA Abuse Medical Certification Requests Medical Leave Termination Vacation Leave

A Couple Quick Tips To Fight FMLA Abuse Around The Holidays

Have your employees' absences from work been a bit more frequent lately? And are you tired of the lame excuses they're providing? After all, there are only so many times your employee's dog can knock over the Christmas...more

12/31/2012 - Audits FMLA FMLA Abuse Holidays Medical Certification Requests

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