Keeping up with the ever-changing leave law landscape is a job in itself. Especially as more states (and sometimes municipalities) make the move to adopt paid sick leave and paid parental leave. When you combine the ongoing changes at multiple levels, as well as the hundreds of pieces of legislation already in place, it all can get very confusing!So how can you keep up with new leave laws while saving time along the way?
Here are our top tips! Please keep in mind that doing any of these items in isolation does not guarantee you will be kept up to date with leave legislation. Rather, we recommend that these tips be used in conjunction with each other to improve your leave program overall!
1. Attend Industry Events
Consider attending industry events and tradeshows, especially ones that focus on legal compliance, such as the Disability Management Employer Coalition (DMEC) FMLA/ADA Employer Compliance Conference. Events like this allow you to attend sessions run by industry experts, learn from others’ experiences, and gain insight into some of the top ways for you to boost your compliance with leave legislation.
If attending trade shows doesn’t fit into your current budget or schedule, there are many virtual resources from these organizations as well! DMEC offers full webinar archives to their members, which allows you to watch video series on an array of employer best-practice topics.
2. Follow Industry-Related Blogs
Subscribe to as many blogs as you can that cover leave legislation, as that way you will receive updates about leave legislation right to your inbox! Of course, this blog is a great source, as well as our parent blog, Presagia. That said, there are many other wonderful blogs out there you can follow!
3. Set Some Google Alerts
If you aren’t already using Google Alerts, then you are missing out on a great way to stay up to date! Google Alerts allow you to enter in key searches or topics that are of interest or relevance to you, and when there is a new article posted on the subject, you will receive an update to your email inbox.
Consider if you are a Californian leave manager. You may set Google Alerts for things like “CFRA” or “California Leave Update,” or any other terms that may be of interest to you.
If you’re not familiar with Google Alerts and need some help getting started, here’s a how-to guide.
4. Adopt A Trusted Solution
Ultimately, you are likely a team of one or two people managing leave, while also wearing many other hats. The most efficient way to ensure that you are adequately keeping up with changes in leave legislation is to have a leave management solution in place. Leave Genius is a web-app that automatically checks your employee’s leave request against a database of over 450 Federal, State and Municipal leave rules, so that you can make the best decision according to legal best practices. Just think of it as a leave-legislation advisor, right on your smartphone!