Beware discipline for FMLA 'catch-up work'.

When employees take FMLA leave, sometimes their employers just let the work pile up to be completed when the employee returns. That can be legally dangerous if the employee can't realistically catch up and is punished for it.

Workers must be freed from work during their FMLA leave. And it's the employer's duty, not the employee's, to adjust goals and deadlines for the work that's required upon return from FMLA leave.

Recent case: Kiera's job at a charter school involved preparing the annual budget and submitting it to the state. When she got meningitis and took 12 weeks of FMLA, she assumed a co-worker handled the budget in...

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