Just like you can’t spell awesome without ME, you can’t take FMLA leave without some conditions. There may not be 22 such conditions, but I know all too well, that one of those conditions is that the FMLA leave should be genuine. FMLA abuse can lead to bad blood between the employer and the employee.

Earlier this week, the Connecticut Supreme Court decided Malan v. University of New Haven Police Department, an important decision for employers to be aware of when dispensing with job references.  In an earlier post, we discussed how the court created a qualified privilege for such references. 

So what questions did the court leave open?

In an important decision to be officially released next week, the Connecticut Supreme Court has found that a qualified privilege exists to employers giving job references.

Specifically, in an issue of first impression, the court has now "recognized a qualified privilege for the employment references of current or former employers that were solicited with the