The hiring of independent contractors has many pros and cons that are complex. It is important, however, to make sure that you avoid classifying workers as independent contractors when they are actually full-time employees.
It can be a real hassle to keep track of which employees have used how much of their vacation days, floating holidays, personal days, charitable time and sick leave, especially when their days continue to accrue throughout the year. You might invest in some costly software or have routine audits performed, but there could be an easier way. And for once the easier way might also be the better way.
As an employer, you have likely heard every excuse in the book. Some of them are plausible, and some of them are outright outlandish. When it comes to FMLA, though, many of the reasons given tend towards the latter. It is not uncommon for employees to abuse the privileges afforded by FMLA and then seek retribution when faced with disciplinary action.