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.

Conn. Assembly Mandates Paid Sick Leave

Connecticut legislators approved a bill that will require most employers in the service sector to provide paid sick days to their workers, continuing a trend of states creating more paid sick leave rights for workers. The bill passed on a 76-65 vote after a long debate in the state House of Representatives on June 3 […]

Performance Issues for FMLA-Qualified Employee Still Equal Termination

This content was originally published in April 2009. For the latest FMLA regulation changes, visit our FMLA article archives or try our practical FMLA compliance guide. An Indiana worker repeatedly exceeded her employer’s absence limit, failed to follow safety procedures, and neglected the quality control part of her job, allowing an expensive production error to […]

Paid Leave Initiatives on the Move

This content was originally published in April 2009. For the latest FMLA regulation changes, visit our FMLA article archives or try our practical FMLA compliance guide. As predicted, paid leave initiatives have continued on the move, most recently to the District of Columbia, the city of Milwaukee, the city of Philadelphia, and for federal government […]

EEOC to Discuss Leave as an Accommodation

Want to learn more about the use of leave as an accommodation under the Americans With Disabilities Act? The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity will discuss the topic at a meeting next week. In implementing and enforcing the ADA, the commission makes clear that leave may be a required workplace accommodation for employees with disabilities. In […]

Free Report for HR Managers: The Leave Maze – Managing FMLA, ADA, and Workers’ Compensation Issues

Old Saybrook, CT—May 26, 2011—The HR Daily Advisor® announced today the release of a free report for HR Managers, The Leave Maze—Managing FMLA, ADA, and Workers’ Compensation Issues, which will help HR professionals to understand the ways in which the FMLA, ADA, and workers’ compensation laws interact. The special 42-page report clarifies the most recent […]

All Aboard, HR Professionals

I am thrilled to announce the launch of the SmartHRManager blog, powered by Thompson Publishing Group. Welcome. We hope this blog can do a lot for you. We want to be the place HR and benefits professionals turn to for ideas, analysis and instructions. We have a dynamic publishing company behind us to delve into the questions […]

Employers Ready for New FMLA Rules?

This content was originally published in April 2009. For the latest FMLA regulation changes, visit our FMLA article archives or try our practical FMLA compliance guide. According to a 2009 poll on BLR’s websites, Compensation.BLR.com and HR.BLR.com, 74% of employers said that their organization was ready to comply with the new Family and Medical Leave […]

Employee Failure to Complete FMLA Forms

This content was originally published in April 2009. For the latest FMLA regulation changes, visit our FMLA article archives or try our practical FMLA compliance guide. Can employees’ failure to complete FMLA paperwork doom their FMLA claim? According to a 7th Circuit Court of Appeals decision, the answer is yes. What happened: While working full-time […]

Employment Enforcement Agencies Under New Management

This content was originally published in April 2009. For the latest FMLA regulation changes, visit our FMLA article archives or try our practical FMLA compliance guide. Not surprising, President Obama’s picks to head agencies such as the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) […]

Who Gets Access to FMLA Confidential Medical Records?

There are clear rules for segregating medical records from other personnel records and limiting access. If people are not trained, it’s easy (and expensive) to let records get into the wrong hands. Medical records related to FMLA leave must be kept in files separate from other personnel and personnel-related records. Medical records must be treated […]