About 62% of workers nationally qualify to take leave under the FMLA, and over 50 million employees have taken advantage of leave under the Act. Managing FMLA leave can be extremely challenging for employers, especially in the face of rampant employee abuse. However, there are tools available to employers seeking to minimize abuse of the protections provided by the FMLA. While there is no “magic cure” to instantly constrain employee abuse, a clear understanding of the rules and regulations established by the federal leave statute, together with proper application of the limited controls and mechanisms for monitoring employee leave can help.
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