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Should someone be fired for having extended absenses of taking care of loved ones?

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prdVirgobby

Asked by prdVirgobby at 9:11 AM on Apr. 29, 2011 in Money & Work

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  • no
    pinkdragon36

    Answer by pinkdragon36 at 9:12 AM on Apr. 29, 2011

  • *should* they, well, that is subjective. I say no. But the reality is that the business, whatever it is, must continue to run smoothly. Is it legal? Absolutely.
    ObbyDobbie

    Answer by ObbyDobbie at 9:15 AM on Apr. 29, 2011

  • If it is effecting the quality of the business, then yes.
    samurai_chica

    Answer by samurai_chica at 9:15 AM on Apr. 29, 2011

  • WOW, i never looked at it like that...my friend is going through this situation her mom has MS stage 4 and is 42 years old
    prdVirgobby

    Comment by prdVirgobby (original poster) at 9:17 AM on Apr. 29, 2011

  • i say no but i know it always depends on the policy,
    luckygirl2000

    Answer by luckygirl2000 at 9:18 AM on Apr. 29, 2011

  • I say no I feel as long as the job knows about the problem they should be willing to work with the employee especially if its a good employee, if the person is never at work then they probably would get fired
    toybar02

    Answer by toybar02 at 9:19 AM on Apr. 29, 2011

  • No morally, but it can be legal depending on the business and their policies.
    Dahis

    Answer by Dahis at 9:22 AM on Apr. 29, 2011

  • Um no its called FMLA regardless of company policy's.
    yesmaam

    Answer by yesmaam at 9:23 AM on Apr. 29, 2011

  • The federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides job protected leave and benefits coverage entitlements to employees who meet FMLA eligibility requirements.

    Not all employers meet the FMLA requirements. So, it really depends on her company policy. A guy at my work was "laid off" because of his extended work leave. Even if they do meet the requirements, there are many loopholes a business can legally go through....
    samurai_chica

    Answer by samurai_chica at 9:28 AM on Apr. 29, 2011

  • Yes and No. Did they fill out the FMLA paperwork? If no then yes they can be fired for it. The business still needs to function properly and filling out the paperwork allows the company to find a temp or have someone else on call
    StefInfection

    Answer by StefInfection at 9:31 AM on Apr. 29, 2011

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