- Kelsey Hawes
Following an employee complaint filed in 2015, federal investigators combed through hundreds of St. Luke's Hospital records dating back to 2013 and concluded the hospital system had systematically violated the rights of some of its employees and their protections under the Family and Medical Leave Act.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the St. Luke's employee filed a complaint in April 2015, alleging that her time off was not properly coded as FMLA. Investigators found that St. Luke's—one of Idaho's largest employers—had "failed to ensure that all employees on FMLA-covered leave received all the protections due to them under the law."
Specifically, the DOL found that St. Luke's had failed to maintain employees' FMLA benefits while they were on leave and didn't ensure that an appropriate, similar job was waiting for them when they returned to work.
Investigators said St. Luke's "immediately remedied the violations" following the probe. Additionally, hospital officials have agreed to procedural changes and extra training for their managers to make sure the problem is not repeated.