Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

What You Can Do to Help New Parents

New mothers and fathers everywhere wrestle with the issue of juggling a career and family. Traditionally, it’s an issue that has most impacted mothers. Some want to stay home, but have to work to supplement the household income. Others want to work, yet worry over trusting someone else to care for their child….

The Untapped Potential Of Hiring New Mothers

This series profiles people whose ideas have the power to transform the workplace. Several are company leaders who have put their ideas into practice. Others are thought leaders influencing the way we work. Each new part will post on Tuesdays. Links to previous articles are at the end of this post. This series…

What Employers Can Expect In the First Days of the Trump Administration

There are many pieces of legislation or policy matters affecting the employee experience that are likely to be in flux during the first part of Mr. Trump’s presidency. At stake are the following five key topics: Changes to the Obama administration’s overtime rule. Modifying the Affordable Care Act. Changes to family medical leave….

Stand Up to Medical Leave Abuse and Win

What are some of the signs of employee abuse of leave taken under the Family and Medical Leave Act? Monday and Friday FMLA days FMLA to avoid scheduled overtime FMLA after being denied a request for day(s) off FMLA immediately before/after holidays and scheduled PTO An employee wants FMLA to bridge his scheduled…

How President Trump Is Likely to Impact HR

As we prepare for Donald Trump to enter office on January 20, what changes might his administration bring? Will he honor the former administration’s bold moves around EEO reporting, contractor rules, minimum wage, FLSA, and equal pay laws? Or will it be a brand new day in comp? It’s safe to say in…

Visas, Leave and the ACA: How Trump and Clinton Compare

As you weigh the pros and cons of each presidential candidate against your own personal beliefs and values, don’t forget to consider how each nominee could impact your role in HR and how your department operates. Here’s some guidance on how the outcome of the 2016 election could potentially impact the U.S. HR…

Is Your Parental Leave Policy Sending the Wrong (Maybe Illegal) Message?

On average, organizations gave mothers 41 paid days of maternity leave, compared with 22 paid days of paternity leave for fathers. That statistic comes from 2016 Paid Leave in the Workplace, a survey recently conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management. Does this disparity demonstrate discrimination against men? Not necessarily. If the maternity…

How to Keep Working Parents Working For You

Becoming a new mom or dad can present trials for both employees and employers. Working parents are looking for more work-life flexibility in order to continue working, but not completely sacrifice being a good parent. An August FlexJobs survey of 1,200 parents found 91% of working parents say having children living at home…

Elder Caregiving: The Invisible Workforce Epidemic

An invisible epidemic is impeding employee productivity at businesses of all sizes and in every industry. That epidemic: the time-consuming and stress-inducing challenges employees face as modern caregivers. As noted in a recent Wall Street Journal article on paid leave, Deloitte and Nike are both taking steps to support their employees as they…

What Does the ADA Require For a Mental Health Episode At Work?

My skin crawls thinking about the Google search terms that will land some HR professionals on this post, which involves a failed suicide attempt. Hopefully, this is not a practice tip upon which you’ll need to draw in the course of your HR career. But, just in case… In a recent opinion, the Seventh…

4 Pro-Employee Trends That Are Picking Up Steam

Declaring that “The pro-employee tide is rising,” a report out this morning identifies four developments in regulations and compliance that if they don’t yet affect your workforce, they soon may. New overtime regs, the push for a $15 minimum wage, paid leave, and “ban the box,” are the leading pro-employee trends, says the…

A Quick Guide to Leaves As “Reasonable Accommodation”

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently issued the “Employer-Provided Leave and the Americans with Disabilities Act” guidance to help employers know when leaves of absences are considered reasonable accommodations for disabled employees. The EEOC advises employers to consider leaves of absences as reasonable accommodations that must be granted unless they impose undue hardship…

With So Many Paid Leave Laws, How Do You Know What Applies?

Let’s face it: The national conversation on paid leave has changed. Looking back even one year ago, news outlets were mainly focused on decrying the state of the unpaid sick and parental leave protections offered in the U.S., as compared to other developed countries. That reality is rapidly changing. A number of states…

5 Parental Leave Trends You Need to Know

You already know about the so-called “arms race” in which companies are upping the ante on parental leave plans and other family-friendly benefits in an effort to recruit and retain today’s top talent. And you’ve seen the headlines – hardly a week goes by, it seems, without another company announcing an expanded maternity…

5 Ways to Manage Requests For Leaves

When employees aren’t working, it costs their employers money. Vacation and sick time are the most common forms of leave, but more and more business owners are faced with requests for extended leaves of absence for other reasons. According to this SHRM survey, businesses are spending more than $10,000 annually to administer FMLA…

The ROI of Hulu’s Baby Leave Policy Is In Retention, Engagement

Editor’s note: This article was written in April during HR Tech Fest, an event previously held in Australia that came to the U.S. for the first time this year. Don’t confuse it with HR Tech, which will be held in Chicago in October. Hey, gang! I’m at HR Tech Fest in Washington D.C….

Vague Policies + Poor HR Communications = FMLA disaster

By Eric B. Meyer A few years ago, I blogged here about the importance of communicating with employees on the Family and Medical Leave Act to stay abreast of their status and eventual return-to-work. But, even before employees go on FMLA, both clear communication and workplace policies becomes paramount. Consider this recent example involving…

Under the ADA, Working Overtime Can be Considered an Essential Job Function

By Eric B. Meyer Back in 2012, when I wasn’t part of this new protected class, I wrote here about whether an employer would violate the Americans with Disabilities Act by requiring an employee to work overtime. The takeaway from that post was, yes, if working a minimum number of hours each week is an essential job…

HR as Employer? Yes, HR Directors Can Be Sued For FMLA Violations, Too

By Eric B. Meyer Guess what, you guys? HR Directors can be sued for FMLA violations too. “I didn’t sign up for this!” — Most of you. Yes, the HR Director may be an “employer” too. Hey! Don’t shoot the messenger. Instead, those sharp daggers coming out of your eyes should be directed at the New…

Giving Notice For FMLA Leave: What Does an Employee Need to Do?

By Eric B. Meyer Among other things, the Family and Medical Leave Act affords an eligible employee up to 12 weeks of leave from work in 12-month period for a serious health condition that makes the employee unable to perform the essential functions of his or her job. We know that, to take covered leave,…