Lessons For Employers Around The COVID-19 Vaccine From The Jackson Lewis Webinar

Posted by Rebecca Scott on Mar 19, 2021 12:10:06 PM

A few weeks ago we attended an intriguing and relevant webinar from Jackson Lewis aptly named, To Vaccinate Or Not To Vaccinate...That Is The Question presented by Sheri Giger and David Mohl. This webinar answered questions that are on many employers' minds during this time, including whether they can mandate their employees getting the COVID-19 vaccine. 

We learned a lot from this webinar, including pros and cons of mandating vaccines and best practices (e.g. having a plan for possible non-compliance/non-cooperation). While there's a lot to digest, one important takeaway is that this is very much a grey area, given the ever-evolving landscape and continuous developments. 

Topics: ADA, EEOC, Accommodation, COVID19, Vaccine

Federal, State And Local COVID-19 Leave Laws Expiring Soon

Posted by Rebecca Scott on Dec 22, 2020 4:01:00 PM

This year has left many in a disarray with COVID-19, which resulted in the enactment of many new federal, state and local leave laws. These leave laws were enacted at different points throughout 2020 with the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) arriving early on April 1, 2020, and others like the Long Beach, California Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Ordinance coming later (May 19, 2020). Most of these laws were enacted with an expiration date, which means as leave managers, you need to be kept up-to-date in the coming months. 

Given that this is such a busy time of the year, we wanted to help you stay informed on when these COVID-19-related leave laws are expected to end. Please note that the majority of these leaves have an end date of December 31, 2020, but with the pandemic still blazing across the county they could be extended.

Topics: Paid Sick Leave, Unpaid Leave, Compliance, Paid Family Leave, COVID19, FFCRA

Takeaways For Leave Case Managers From The Jackson Lewis Webinar

Posted by Rebecca Scott on Nov 30, 2020 12:15:17 PM

A few weeks ago, we attended a webinar, Annual Disability & Leave Management Symposium: COVID-19 Style, hosted by Patricia Anderson Pryor and Katharine C. Weber from Jackson Lewis. This webinar was educational, entertaining and explained some unanswered questions that have been boggling our minds, such as, "is COVID-19 a disability?"

We learned a lot during this webinar, from what’s considered a disability, to the importance of providing accommodations to employees in the midst of COVID-19. That’s why we’re sharing our top takeaways that leave managers should know. 

Topics: ADA, Leave Management, Accommodation, COVID19, Return to Work

How To Boost Organizational Culture Amidst COVID-19

Posted by Rebecca Scott on Oct 30, 2020 4:19:02 PM

COVID-19 has drastically changed the way we work this year. From offices closing at the start of the pandemic, to more recently, workplaces reopening with help from the Department of Labor’s (DOL) guidance on return-to-work, we’ve seen it all! During this uncertainty, employers have had to start planning way ahead to bring employees back to work, implement safe return-to-work processes, and much more. While these types of considerations have been top priority, we also want to highlight the importance of improving organizational culture during this hectic time.

Topics: blog, Organization, HR Tips, Wellness, COVID19

COVID-19 Leave Legislation: What You Need To Know | Part 2

Posted by Rebecca Scott on Jul 22, 2020 1:45:00 PM

So far this year we've seen a lot of change, especially when it came to leave legislation at the federal, state and local levels in response to COVID-19. 

Likewise, leave case managers have had their hands full dealing with an ever-increasing amount of employees taking leave because of medical reasons, or to care for a family member who is in quarantine or ill. On top of this, they have to constantly stay up-to-date with new and updated leave laws!

Topics: Leave Management, Compliance, Paid Family Leave, COVID19, Legislation

Return to Work and Leave Lessons During COVID-19 | Part 2

Posted by Rebecca Scott on Jul 7, 2020 1:09:42 PM

The first part of this series covered the importance of planning ahead (i.e. reviewing and updating old policies), the types of records you should be keeping in the midst of bringing back employees during a pandemic, and guidance on returning employees who were ill because of COVID-19. 

In the second part, we'll be diving into the value of keeping open communication with your employees during a pandemic, the option of a phased approach to slowly bring back employees into the workplace and providing accommodations to employees who've had COVID-19. 

Topics: FMLA, Leave Management, COVID19, Interactive process, Return to Work

Return to Work and Leave Lessons During COVID-19 | Part 1

Posted by Rebecca Scott on Jun 30, 2020 5:10:53 PM

As you know, employers and employees are currently navigating the ever-changing landscape of COVID-19 in their work environment. This pandemic has brought major changes to the workplace, including working remotely, leave case managers processing more leaves due to employees caring for family member or having to self-isolate, and new leave laws being implemented like the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). 

Topics: FMLA, Leave Management, Absence Management, COVID19, Return to Work

Managing Leave During COVID-19 | Part 2

Posted by Rebecca Scott on May 6, 2020 2:17:26 PM

In the first part of this blog series, we examined the importance of cloud-based leave management technology, how our parent company, Presagia, is managing the new leave legislation that has been enacted in response to COVID-19, and provided other useful resources for employers during this pandemic. 

In the second part, we're taking a look at how you can build a solid foundation for your leave management technology, the importance of being consistent and having good communication, and form requirements for employers during COVID-19. 

Topics: FMLA, Leave Management, Paid Sick Leave, Compliance, Paid Family Leave, DOL, COVID19

Managing Leave During COVID-19 | Part 1

Posted by Rebecca Scott on Apr 28, 2020 9:15:00 AM

The global health pandemic caused by COVID-19 has affected everyone's lives and professional workplaces. This time has brought about much chaos and extra work, especially for employers and leave case managers who are trying to manage leaves and stay on top of their workload. 

Topics: FMLA, Leave Management, Paid Sick Leave, Compliance, Paid Family Leave, DOL, COVID19

COVID-19 Leave Legislation: What You Need To Know | Part 1

Posted by Rebecca Scott on Mar 20, 2020 2:59:03 PM

We know that these are difficult and uncertain times for everyone, especially leave case managers. As much as things may be uncertain, something we know for a fact is that the House of Representative and Senate passed new leave legislation on March 18, 2020 titled the Families First Coronavirus Response Act in response to this public health emergency. 

Topics: FMLA, Paid Sick Leave, Compliance, Disaster Management, COVID19

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