Control FMLA Fraud and Abuse
- Fraud under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) occurs when an employee takes FMLA leave for purposes other than those permitted under the law.
- FMLA abuse occurs when an employee has appropriately and legitimately obtained FMLA leave, and then uses the excuse of the FMLA to somehow benefit the employee inappropriately.
- An employer can implement certain strategies to control FMLA fraud and abuse, such as creating a detailed FMLA policy, effectively using the certification process, requiring periodic updates from an employee on leave and using appropriate tracking tools and surveillance.
- An employer should train all supervisors and managers to spot FMLA fraud and abuse and respond appropriately.