Experienced HR managers know that the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) requires covered employers to provide up to 12 weeks of unpaid qualifying leave per year to eligible employees. What is less commonly known is that company decision makers (e.g., HR managers, office managers, etc.) can, in some instances, face personal exposure for violating FMLA requirements.
Under the FMLA, “an employer includes any person who acts, directly or indirectly, in the interest of an employer to any of the employer’s employees.” Several courts have held that personal liability may arise when decision makers acting in the interest of an employer violate the FMLA. Although personal liability determinations are rare, the prospect of being individually named in a lawsuit or administrative action can be an alarming one for even the most seasoned company managers.
Company decision makers can better protect themselves by taking care to ensure FMLA compliance and adhering to the following steps:
If you need assistance with issues pertaining to FMLA compliance, please contact Wright Beamer at (248) 477-6300 or visit our website.