Medical Professionals: What’s your experience with the FMLA?

Alison Brody
Analyst
Public Insight Network
Dr. Marc Downing is a pediatric surgeon in Kalamazoo, Mich. He says the leave application process under the FMLA puts the doctor in the middle of a potentially tense relationship between employer and employee. (Photo shared by Marc Downing)

Dr. Marc Downing is a pediatric surgeon in Kalamazoo, Mich. He says the leave application process under the FMLA puts the doctor in the middle of a potentially tense relationship between employer and employee. (Photo shared by Marc Downing)

The Family and Medical Leave Act turns 20 this week, so we’ve been asking people to share their experiences with the law.

Among those we heard from was a physician who said he felt as though he’d been dropped in the middle of an antagonistic relationship between employers and their employees.

“As a physician, I am happy to share the medical data that is available to me with both the employee and the employer, but I would prefer for them to negotiate the details of the employees leave from their duties,” he told us.

Now we’re curious to hear what other medical professionals think.

 >> Have you ever been asked to fill out FMLA paperwork? What was that process like? Share your experience here.

 

 

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Alison Brody Analyst
Public Insight Network

Alison Brody spends her day surrounded by stories from people all across the country. She works with journalists from newsrooms like NPR and The New York Times to help turn these insights into meaningful journalism (i.e., not from a press release or a political speech).

Before joining the PIN team, Alison worked as a PIN analyst at the public radio show Marketplace. For two years she asked questions about credit card debt, employment, unemployment and health insurance. She's also worked at Los Angeles’ public television station, where she helped produce an international news pilot and a digital prototype that was half game, half social network, aimed at teaching students about the U.S. Constitution.