The Department of Labor (DOL) is ramping up on-site investigations of company Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) practices in an effort to uncover systemic abuse, including refusing to authorize leave and discouraging employees from taking FMLA leave.

In confirming the new emphasis, Branch Chief Helen Applewhaite of the DOL called 2014 a "pivotal year for FMLA enforcement."

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