Make a plan for your team member’s leave. You should develop a plan for your team member’s absence well in advance of their leave in cases where that’s possible. While FMLA requires advance notice, when possible, sometimes these types of absences are unforeseeable. If you are able to develop a plan ahead of the leave, make sure you know key details like when the leave is expected to begin. One of the biggest concerns employers have about family leave is who will cover the responsibilities of the team member that is on leave. If possible, plan a gradual exit that includes collaborating with the team member that is appointed to cover their work. This is especially important if you are considering bringing in a temporary employee who may be less familiar with your firm. But acknowledge that unexpected events happen and have a backup plan in place in case that gradual exit isn’t possible.
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