Category: Leave Management, Policy, and Compliance

Managing employee leave is one of HR’s most annoying (and thankless) tasks. First of all, there’s the federal FMLA, which is notoriously difficult to manage, and commonly gamed by employees. Stack on top of that state leave laws that usually conflict with the plus various pregnancy and disability laws. And then there’s the plethora of other types of leave like bereavement, jury duty, and military leave, each of which has its own quirks and challenges. This topic explores this in depth.

Ask the Expert: A few years ago, we hired our 50th employee and updated the handbook to include FMLA. We just went down to 49 employees. Do we update the handbook again?

December 17, 2010 Determining whether an employer has 50 employees for purposes of the FMLA can be complex. As you are aware, under the FMLA regulations, an employer covered by FMLA is any person engaged in commerce or in any industry or activity affecting commerce, who employs 50 or more employees for each working day […]


Ask the Expert: Our policy says you must work the day before and the day after a holiday to receive holiday pay. What if an employee is on FMLA before or after a holiday?

November 29, 2010 As a general rule, employers are not required to provide any non-health plan benefits to employees on FMLA leave, (such as holiday pay) unless such benefits are provided to employees on non-FMLA leave (29 C.F.R. 825.209). The U.S. Department of Labor addressed your question in an Opinion Letter that can be viewed […]


FMLA-FLSA-ERISA: Another Bermuda Triangle?

In yesterday’s Advisor, we entered the Bermuda Triangle of HR—the dangerous waters where the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (COBRA) intersect. Today, we’ll see what the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) have to do […]