We’ve all read or heard about the unbelievable stories of employees who abuse and misuse the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Take for instance the California employee who used their FMLA leave for a fishing trip, then was caught on their co-worker's Facebook live video! It's these cases that leave you wondering, "why would anyone do such a thing?" These cases of misuse aren't entirely limited to employees, employers are guilty of abusing or denying FMLA and ADA as well.
Leave case managers and employers have a lot on their plate, from managing the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to maintaining compliance. Luckily, a great resource for information on the FMLA, along with other labor legislation including the Fair Labor Standards (FLS) is the US Department of Labor (DOL)! The DOL's Wage and Hour Division often produces model forms and opinion letters for employers, case managers and even employees on those topics, to help with their compliance and understanding.
Speaking of opinion letters, the DOL has issued three this year alone with regards to the FMLA. To help you grasp the 2019 DOL opinion letters and remain compliant, we summarized them in a digestible format!
Our parent company, Presagia, recently attended the 2019 Disability Management Employer Coalition (DMEC) Annual Conference, where they gained a lot of insight on various topics related to absence and disability management! These topics ranged from the importance of employee well-being to what employers can expect from an audit conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), and so much more. To keep things concise, we chose the top three topics we found most interesting to share with you!
As you may know, employers and leave case managers have a lot to handle when it comes to managing leave. This includes staying up to date on leave laws, tracking employees who request and take leaves, knowing when an employee is entitled to leave, and much more!
Our parent company, Presagia, recently returned from the 2019 Disability Management Employer Coalition (DMEC) Compliance Conference, which featured informative, inspiring and insightful content focused on absence and disability management. The sessions from this year's conference were filled with tips and strategies on everything from the importance of using the ADA interactive process to provide accommodations to upcoming leave laws. In this latest post we share three important lessons from this year's conference to help you maintain a compliant workplace!
Whether you're a pro at managing the Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA) or still trying to gather information about it, we have a great new resource for you from our parent company, Presagia! Presagia recently created a new FMLA infographic to bring you up to date statistics and information on the leave Act.
The model FMLA forms provided by the Department of Labor (DOL) expired on May 31, 2018, but there’s no need to worry! We’re here to help with the next steps for employers!
A common problem that leave and FMLA managers face is knowing when it's okay to communicate with an employee on leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). When an employee is out on leave, it’s quite likely that questions will arise: where is that file they were working on? Who is the appropriate contact for the XYZ contract? Though it may be tempting to send an email or text to communicate with an employee on FMLA, think twice before you act!
You may be a specialized Leave of Absence (LOA) Manager, an HR Generalist managing leave amongst other HR functions, or a small business owner wearing many hats. No matter your role, you know that there are certain obligations you have as an employer for effectively managing the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and state leave laws.