Industry News

 The latest FMLA news and industry trends. 

The U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) Proposed Changes to FMLA Forms Get Mixed Reviews

The DOL said its goal is to make the optional forms easier to understand, but some management attorneys worry doctors will be confused by the revisions.

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Employee’s attendance at a child’s individualized education program (IEP) meeting is covered by the FMLA.

Department of Labor declares that parent attendance at school IEP meetings are covered by the FMLA.

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Organization Is the Key to Managing Intermittent FMLA Leave

Administering intermittent FMLA leave can quickly become complicated.

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This One's a Whopper!

Court puts kibosh on Burger King franchisee that required two calls to request FMLA leave.

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Workers on FMLA leave have no right to be 'left alone,' court says

FMLA law does not provide workers with an absolute right to not be contacted while out on FMLA leave, particularly if the employer has a reasonable request for information unrelated to the worker's leave.

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What Michigan’s New Paid Medical Leave Act Means for Employers

Since Michigan’s new Paid Medical Leave Act went into effect on March 29, 2019, most employers with at least 50 employees are now required to provide up to 40 hours of paid time off for eligible employees each year.

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Something is Afoot at the DOL

Could new FMLA forms or regulations be on the horizon?

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Why American moms are seriously struggling

Economic, cultural and technological changes have piled on new pressures for moms.

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About 60% of employers earned a grade of C, D or F at managing employee absence and disability in the workplace

Many companies have turned to third parties to help them better manage their leave practices according to The Standard's Absence and Disability Readiness Index.

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5 Paid Family Leave Trends to Watch in 2019

Large organizations along with state and local legislatures are pushing Washington to reassess its commitment to national paid time off.

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Mercer’s new study shows steady increases in employers who outsource leave administration.

Improving FMLA administration remains the top concern for employers as the usage of leave – continuous and intermittent, as well as ADAAA accommodation requests – continues to increase.

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Employee Handbooks: What’s New and Why Does It Matter?

Protect your largest asset (your workforce) and lower your risk exposure. Take the employee handbook off the "I'll get to it when I have time list" and place it on the critical "asset protection" list.

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FMLA & PTO: Administration Mistakes to Avoid

While FMLA is conceptually straightforward, administration can become complex, especially when other types of leave entitlements are included in the mix. A technology-aided compliance strategy can help your company avoid costly mistakes.

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FMLA Leave for Chronic Health Conditions

When an employee requests FMLA leave for a chronic health condition, take a close look at the certification form completed by the employee’s healthcare provider. Does the provider identify a period of hospitalization or identify recent dates of treatment? If the answer is no, the employee may not qualify for FMLA leave.

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Myths About the Burden of Family Leave on Business

Paid family leave is starting to gain traction in the U.S. due to employee demand. And one of the biggest negative beliefs about paid family leave — that it is a burden on business — may not be true.

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FMLA Forms Extended Through August 2021

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has announced that its Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) certification forms and notices are valid for three more years, until Aug. 31, 2021. 

Employers can use the DOL official forms or their own customized versions, although doing so can hold the employer liable if language is misleading.

Whether your company uses the DOL's forms or another version, consulting an outside expert to ensure compliance is imperative. 

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Managers Are a Leading Cause of Employment Law Violations

Experts state that lack of knowledge regarding the intricacies of FMLA regulations, as well as poor tracking of intermittent leave on the management level, are costing companies in a major way. Proper training and good employee leave management tools are the key to resolving the issue. 

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Wegman's: Non-Complaince with FMLA Regulations Leaves Grocery Chain in the Midst of a Lawsuit

The past several years have brought significant change to employee absence management, with non-compliance with new FMLA regulations posing a major financial risk for companies. 

High profile FMLA violation cases brought against OhioHealth, USPS and Wegman's have brought to light the major losses companies can incur, from litigation expenses to monetary payouts. 

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The Top FMLA Mistakes that Regularly Trip Up Employers

Compliance with federal FMLA can be daunting but some common mistakes can be avoided. Business Management Daily lists the Top Ten mistakes that employers make.

YourLeave can help your organization navigate the complexities of FMLA administration, providing both cost savings and allowing you more time to focus on your business.

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