The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) enforces the federal FMLA. For the first time, its enforcement statistics indicate that the top complaint issue for 2021 was discrimination. Before then, the consistent biggest issue was termination. The issues for 2021 in descending order were as follows:
Let’s look at the FMLA’s discrimination provisions:
The amount of back wages paid for FMLA violations in 2021 was $1,436,259. To put this into perspective, the amount has fluctuated somewhat over the last years.
Obviously, FMLA claims can be expensive. Be careful out there and be aware of the discrimination provisions.
Key to remember: Every now and then, employees’ need for leave changes. Sometimes, they may need more leave, and sometimes they may need less leave than they initially requested.
This article was written by Darlene M. Clabault, SHRM-CP, PHR, CLMS, of J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. The content of these news items, in whole or in part, MAY NOT be copied into any other uses without consulting the originator of the content.