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August 10, 2012

HR Fact Friday: Helicopter Parents . . . At Work!

Cut the cord already! Helicopter parents have now extended beyond the higher education sphere and have entered the professional workplace of their adult children. So the question is; does an employer have to allow the non-employee parent of an employee to attend a meeting (e.g. a disciplinary meeting) the employer wants to have with the employee? According to Michael Patrick O’Brien, Employment law attorney for the Salt Lake City based, Jones Waldo law firm, “Generally, you can say no to these helicopter parents at work and insist that you will meet with your employee alone, without parental involvement. Of course, there are some circumstances where you might want to include a parent in a meeting or discussion. For example, if the employee has been injured, the parent may help the employee understand and function at the meeting. An employer is also required to accept Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) communications/notices from a family member, such as a parent, if the employee is unable to communicate due to his/her own medical condition.”

Click here to read an interesting article from HR Hero on some of the pros/cons of helicopter parent involvement in the workplace.

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