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Department Of Labor To Focus On Family Medical Leave Violations in 2016

At the American Bar Association’s Annual Labor and Employment conference, The Department Of Labor (DOL) reminded employers that the Department will continue to audit businesses looking for Family Medical Leave violations.

Many employers are not in compliance with the Family Medical Leave (FMLA) Regulations. In the past three years the DOL has conducted more than 2,000 Family Medical Leave audits and collected more than $5.7 million in back wages and other monetary relief.

During the conference, the DOL stated they will be taking a more strategic approach in their Family Medical Leave audits. Instead of focusing primarily on the facts of an individual complaint, the DOL will now be interviewing employees, supervisors, administrators and managers trying to ascertain whether or not Family Medical Leave violations are widespread throughout the business.

The new audit strategy is to conduct on-site audits which might start with a knock at your door. The new audit strategy will catch many employers by surprise as most supervisors, administrators and/or managers don’t receive Family Medical Leave training.

Employees qualify for Family Medical Leave when either they or a family member suffers from an illness or other health condition that prevents an employee from performing his or her job. Small employers are not required to provide Family Medical Leave to their employees. However larger employers with more than 50 employees must provide Family Medical Leave benefits.
The Pension Department, Inc. can help avoid fines and penalties by conducting a free review of your company’s Family Medical Leave policies and procedures. Are the policies up to date? Do employee’s receive the proper notices and certifications? Do supervisors and managers receive training?

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