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FMLA – Can You Require An Employee on Leave to Check In?

Yes. Even a daily phone call is acceptable.

The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that an employer can mandate daily check-in calls for an employee who’s on FMLA Leave.

I’m not sure that it’s necessary to mandate ‘daily’ call-ins, but frequent check-ins are a good idea. But make sure that policy is in your employee handbook – and enforce it consistently.

Thanks to Maria Greco Danaher of Ogletree Deakins.


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