Surveillance Can Uncover FMLA Abuse

Surveillance Can Uncover FMLA Abuse

FMLA Abuse

FMLA Abuse

When an employee is suspected of Family and Medical Leave Act FMLA abuse, an employer can put the employee under surveillance.

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is an employee entitlement. Sometimes employees believe that it entitles them to take off from work for almost any reason at almost any time. Some even might see it as a safety net in case their vacation request is denied.

Employers have long decried abuse of the FMLA, but there are actions they can take to help minimize such abuse.

If you’ve had trouble dealing with intermittent FMLA leave abuse, you’re not alone. 

In fact, according to research by SHRM, 66% of HR pros have reported abuse of intermittent leave.

Plus, 80% said tracking and administering this type of leave was their most difficult challenge.

What’s worse, because administering this type of leave is so tricky, many employers balk at going after workers who are blatantly abusing their leave.

But that’s a huge mistake. Intermittent leave abuse can wreak havoc on the entire company’s morale and productivity when employees are constantly having to cover for abusers.

Intermittent leave is often associated with medical conditions that are difficult to prove, such as migraines. Our private Investigators can discreetly follow the employee and see just how bad that migraine is. 

FMLA abuse: With all of the laws out there protecting employee rights, many employers feel it’s a problem they are powerless to stop. 

As a result, they don’t closely question employees about their FMLA requests. That can be very costly.

For example, here’s what can happen when you put employees on the honor system: One employer revealed that as much as 30% of its workforce is absent on any given day — and the majority of those absences are FMLA-related.

Surveillance Can Uncover FMLA Abuse

Hire the Michigan Private Investigators at Eye Spy Detective Agency to conduct the surveillance to unearth the abuse, though; don’t try to do it yourself,the result could make things worse.

The Michigan Private Investigators at Eye Spy Detective Agency can keep track of the employees schedule, time off and whereabouts.

Employers need a reason for the suspicion before conducting surveillance, she added. Honest suspicion may arise from:

  • Patterns of absence, such as multiple extended weekends.
  • Frequent absences—more frequent than the medical certification estimate.
  • The duration of absences being longer than the estimate.
  • Sightings by co-workers and supervisors in places. Such as an Octoberfest, that suggest the employee may not really need FMLA leave.

Or maybe, for example, a co-worker sees that the employee has posted on Facebook about a great new course he or she is taking in California with a lot of pictures from there, and the co-worker mentions this to HR. However, make sure the report is reliable information and not just a co-worker who has a grudge against the employee out on FMLA leave.

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