The recent Utah district court decision in Kuhn v. Comfort Hospice Care, LLC highlights the importance of evaluating relationships with professional employer organizations ("PEO’s"), as these relationships may cause an unknowing employer to be held liable under the FMLA.

Comfort Hospice Care, LLC ("Comfort") provides medical care to terminally ill patients in Las Vegas, Nevada and Layton, Utah.

Comfort had a contract with a PEO, Innovative Staffing, Inc. ("Innovative") for human resource assistance, and Comfort employees were listed as employees of Innovative for compensation purposes. Innovative employees had no supervisory control over Comfort employees, they just performed administrative functions.

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