Can you ask staff to do work while on FMLA?

Do you need to contact an employee out on FMLA leave about pressing business matters like incomplete work or file locations? That's perfectly fine. Courts recognize that employers may need information the employee has.

You can also ask her to complete a few simple tasks that need urgent attention. Just don't make that request a condition of continued employment or go beyond those few simple requests.

Recent case: Madonna, a physicians' assistant, frequently fell behind on completing required medical chart updates after patient visits. She broke her foot and went on FMLA leave. While out, she received a...

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