The Secret to Curbing FMLA Abuse

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The Secret to Curbing FMLA Abuse

@Work Magazine, July 2022

By Rachel Shaw, MBA, President, Principal Consultant, Shaw HR Consulting

The creation of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) has bettered the American workplace by supporting working parents, employees dealing with serious illness, and those caring for ill family members. While it was created “to balance the demands of the workplace with the needs of families,” many employers struggle to establish ways to battle misuse and abuse.

Very little about managing leave is easy, and most employers report it is only getting harder. So what can human resources (HR) professionals do to curtail unnecessary FMLA leave while supporting employees who take the leave they truly need?

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