The Family and Medical Leave Act FMLA, provides certain employees with up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave per year. It also requires that their group health benefits be maintained during the leave. The Michigan FMLA Abuse Investigators at Eye Spy can find out if someone is abusing your company’s medical leave policy or code of conduct.
If you have an employee who may be abusing FMLA leave, your first step is to conduct an investigation. Disciplining or firing an employee based on suspicion alone is unlikely to be viewed as reasonable.
FMLA Abuse Investigations
The Family and Medical Leave Act FMLA applies to all public agencies. For example, all public and private elementary and secondary schools, and companies with 50 or more employees. This law requires employers to provide employees with job-protected and unpaid leave for qualified medical and family reasons. FMLA is designed to help employees balance their work and family responsibilities. Thus, by allowing them to take reasonable unpaid leave for certain family and medical reasons.
These employers must provide an eligible employee with up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave each year for any of the following reasons:
- for the birth and care of the newborn child of an employee;
- for placement with the employee of a child for adoption or foster care;
- to care for an immediate family member (spouse, child, or parent) with a serious health condition; or
- to take medical leave when the employee is unable to work because of a serious health condition.
Employees are eligible for leave if they have worked for their employer at least 12 months, at least 1,250 hours over the past 12 months. And work at a location where the company employs 50 or more employees within 75 miles. Whether an employee has worked the minimum 1,250 hours of service is determined according to FLSA principles for determining compensable hours or work.
Time taken off work due to pregnancy complications can be counted against the 12 weeks of family and medical leave.
FMLA abuse happens more than you would think. Therefore, it affects everything and everyone at the company. Eye Spy will document and show where the employee is really spending their time. Whether it be at the hair salon, or running their side business while on the clock. If you suspect FMLA fraud in the workplace, you need to tread carefully to avoid legal trouble. Here’s how you can protect your business.
If you feel that an employee of yours is abusing the Family and Medical Leave Act FMLA and need evidence to support your claim, then contact the Michigan private investigators at Eye Spy. We can get the evidence that you need. All cases are 100% LEGAL, CONFIDENTIAL services. Call the Michigan Private Investigators at Eye Spy Detective Agency today at (888) 393 – 7799.