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Maria Reed

Tip Tuesday: 11 Key Steps of an FMLA Assessment

Organizations often hire us to conduct an FMLA assessment so that they understand what areas of their FMLA process need improvement. During this assessment, we evaluate an organization’s FMLA policies, practices, and processes to determine whether they are adequate, legal and effective. Are you thinking about conducting an FMLA Assessment? Don’t forget these key steps:

1. Select a team

2. Determine the scope

3. Decide on a timetable

4. Develop a list of questions for HR personnel and supervisors

5. Collect all relevant documents

6. Develop a roadmap

Tip Tuesday: Reviewing Your FMLA Checklist

Employers need to periodically review their Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) process to ensure they are complying with the latest U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) regulations.

Below is an FMLA Checklist that organizations should consider when reviewing their policies:

Tip Tuesday: Understanding the Families First Coronavirus Act

As F&H Solutions Group administers Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) for many companies, we continue to get questions on implementing the Families First Coronavirus Act (FFCRA):

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Tip Tuesday: Common Pitfalls of Absence Management

As an absence management administrator for more than eight years, I’ve seen numerous issues that continue to plague companies administering employee leaves of absence. I don’t blame them - it’s complex! A lot of these issues are avoidable; understanding them will make leave administration program easier. For this reason, many companies hire us to train their staff, update their policies, or outsource their absence management to us.

I’ve compiled a list of common mistakes that we help companies overcome while reforming their leave management program:

It's Not Me - It's You: How to Break Up With Your Employees

Relationships—both personal and professional— can be complicated. Just like first dates, job interviews offer candidates the chance to show a prospective em­ployer the best possible version of themselves: smart, charming, funny, and responsible. As an employer, you ask exploratory questions about a candidate’s background, education, interests, and goals for the fu­ture to see if it’s a good fit. If you both agree that it is, you start a relationship.

Breakup options abound

Focus on Vulnerable Workers Means More ADA Claims

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the U.S.

What You Need to Know About the Proposed Healthy Families Act

As employers struggle to keep up with the multitude of paid sick leave laws that were passed in the last several years, President Obama has asked Congress to pass the "Healthy Families Act." The proposed “Healthy Families Act,” which states it is “in the national interest to ensure all Americans can care for their own health and the health of their families while prospering at work,” is the lengthiest and most comprehensive of all bills introduced. It applies to all employers with 15 or more employees.

The Best Resolution for the New Year

Every New Year brings the tradition of making resolutions—whether it’s to lose weight, save money, volunteer more, or travel. While those are admirable personal resolutions, companies should have their own resolutions to ensure their businesses are on track for the upcoming year. A top priority should be to get your Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) program in compliance.

Why is FMLA compliance important?

Webinar Recording: Onsite FMLA Investigations are the New Norm. Are You Prepared?

According to the Wall Street Journal, Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) lawsuits tripled from 2012 to 2013. In addition, the Department of Labor (DOL) is stepping up their enforcement this year, including more onsite visits by federal investigators. Given the complexities of the FMLA, many companies do not realize they are making costly mistakes until it's too late. Are you administering leave correctly?

Congress Mulls Compulsory Paid Leave

In this Words on Wise article, Maria Reed, FHSG's leave expert, discusses the recent proposed legislation that could affect employers if they get passed. It may make sense for them to review their employee leave benefits.

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