Friday, August 2, 2013

FMLA Ruling Draws Line on How Much You Can Call Employees on Leave

In his case, the plaintiff's supervisor asked too much of her while she was on FMLA leave.

So where should supervisors draw the line? The court shed some light on that.

In its ruling, the court said employers can ask workers out on FMLA leave to:

  • pass along institutional knowledge to new staff
  • provide computer passwords
  • seek closure on completed assignments, and
  • identify other employees to fill voids.

But ask anything other than that of workers on leave, and employers can end up on the losing end of a costly legal battle.

Case: Vess v. Scott Medical Corporation et al., No. 3:11 CV 2549 (N.D. Ohio Mar. 15, 2013). 

Full Case Summary: HR Benefits Alert