Family and Medical Leave Act

The Family and Medical Leave Act (or FMLA) has given an opportunity to those employees with family member(s) or they themselves, who is or are undergoing medical treatment, to avail of leave credits for medical purposes. Maura Currier, a supervisor from ComputerTech had availed the FMLA to attend to her ill mother’s condition. Aside from the available leave credits granted by the FMLA, Maura had also consumed all her company-provided leave credits.

Now, Maura is requesting to have her Friday leaves be extended indefinitely so she could continue attending her mother’s needs. If I were the human resource director, should I or should I not grant Muara’s indefinite Friday leaves request? The Decision Maura Currier is not an ordinary supervisor. She is excellent in what she is doing, except for the fact that after availing FMLA, she started to miss work to continue to attend to the worsening condition of her mother. This situation even led Maura to ask for the indefinite extension of her Friday leaves.

As the human resource director, I would grant Maura’s request for the following reasons: 1. Jane, Maura’s mother, has no other child to attend to her medical needs; 2. Jane’s condition has worsened and ongoing assistance is needed; and 3. Maura would be required to extend her working hours from Monday to Thursday to compensate for her Friday leaves. For reasons 1 and 2, ComputerTech wants to be supportive to Maura’s family. For reason 3, ComputerTech is currently having an increasing heavy workload and Maura’s expertise is greatly needed.

To favor each group’s (Maura and ComputerTech) concerns, Maura could be required to extend her working hours to keep pace with the increasing heavy workload. Being the human resource director, though other supervisors and employees are not willing to cover her tasks in her Friday leaves, I will have to request for their cooperation, too. Should Maura would be unable to finish her tasks in spite of extending her working hours, her tasks during Fridays would be distributed to the other supervisors. Parents are dear to us.

As their children, we are the ones responsible to attend to their needs. In case of Maura, the condition of her mother is worsening. To face the reality, Jane could be gone soon if she did not get well and this period is Maura’ opportunity to serve her mother. Maura would not be on leave every day. She just requested her Fridays to attend to the ongoing assistance needed by her mother. Granting Maura’s request is a way to extend assistance to her mother’s needs, too. Reference Incident, “The Medical Leave Problem (FMLA)” page 79