Overtime crunch was made worse by “unconscionable” abuse of a Family Medical Leave Act that guarantees employees up to 12 work weeks of unpaid, job-protected time off during a calendar year for the birth or adoption of a child or the illness of a family member.

“The abuse of FMLA is triggering 39 absences each day–up from 37-a-day last year–and costing OEMC 35,000 hours a year and $1.8 million.”

via Chicago’s chronically-understaffed 911 center wracks up $6.9 million in overtimeVoices | Voices.

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3 years ago

FMLA guarantees 12 weeks of unpaid time off – do the union Chicago 911 dispatchers get paid for 12 weeks of time off (unions negotiate these sorts of things in their contracts) – if they do get paid this may explain the high rate of absenteeism