The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides a guaranteed unpaid and job-protected leave of absence for employees to provide care for family and medical reasons. It allows them to continue to have company-provided group health insurance coverage. They are eligible for 12 weeks of leave in a 12-month period to care for family members or 26 weeks of leave to care for a member of the military. When they return, they are eligible for their previous job or one with similar duties and responsibilities. With your classmates, please discuss the following:
What are some examples of ways that employers have violated FMLA laws? If you were their human resources (HR) professional, how would you have prevented the violation?
How would you change the FMLA to help companies and employees better manage work and family responsibilities?