Emmis Communications is an American media company headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana and founded in 1980. They began in radio and have a history in TV, publishing and mobile operations. Emmis leverages technology to make their leave management easy given that their employees work across multiple states which means multiple leave law jurisdictions.
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.
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).
Managing leaves is difficult in and of itself, and now it's an even bigger challenge due to the global health pandemic. The cause of the pandemic, COVID-19, has definitely made an impact on all areas of leave management:
- Many leave teams have had to adjust and are working remotely, which can be extremely challenging without access to a leave law resource.
- Since there are higher volumes of employees taking medical leave and caring for sick family members, operating with a spreadsheet-driven leave process has become unsustainable.
- Numerous HR/Benefits teams have seen layoffs in the past few weeks, leaving them with more work and few resources.
- New leave laws are being added and leave laws are constantly being updated, therefore staying up-to-date is crucial, now more than ever.
Fortunately, our parent company, Presagia has created a new infographic, The 5 W's of Unpaid State Family Medical Leave to help you stay informed about the fundamentals of unpaid state family and medical leave laws, which can overlap with the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).
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.
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.
Welcome to Part 3 of our blog series all about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)! Hopefully you’ve had time to check out the new whitepaper, Everything You Need to Know About the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), by our parent company, Presagia. If not, you can download it here!
In the third post of this series, we’ll look at not only the ADA but how the ADA differs and interacts with the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
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.
Leave case managers and employers are constantly being bombarded with new information. This includes new leave laws, updates to existing leave laws and much more! Along with these changes and updates made in 2019, we also saw opinion letters produced by the US Department of Labor (DOL).
The Wage and Hour Division of the DOL often generates model forms and opinion letters for case managers and employers on topics such as the FMLA. To help you stay compliant, we've written a brief summary of the three DOL opinion letters from 2019:
If you're an employer or leave case manager, you know that there's always new information pertaining to leave management being thrown your way. Last year is no exception, with everything from clarifications to existing leave laws to new leave laws being established and everything in between! Instead of searching through countless websites and trying to remember everything, we did the hard work for you and have collected the most pertinent new leave laws you should know about!