Most workers who take advantage of the Family and Medical Leave Act aren't lying or cheating to get the time off, human resources experts say. But those who do can seriously damage their employers' bottom line, employee morale and productivity. About 10% to 12% of people who take FMLA are not doing it legitimately, said Jim Brown, senior vice president of FMLASource. There are ways to reduce your exposure to FMLA cheaters, experts say, including the use of stricter paperwork requirements, second opinions and in some cases, even private investigators.
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