1. Family Leave = Parental Leave….Yes?

    Remember when your geometry teacher explained a square is a rectangle, a rectangle is sometimes a square, they are always a polygon, but they are only regular polygons, not complex polygons.  That is kind of how it goes when opening a discussion about “Family & Medical Leave”, “Family Leave” and “Parental Leave.”  There is a whole host of rules that are ‘always’, ‘sometimes…Read More

  2. AbsenceSoft Announces Risk Profile Product as Unique Industry Solution

    AbsenceSoft is set to announce an innovative new product today at the Disability Management Employers Coalition (DMEC) Annual Conference. The new offering, called Risk Profile, allows organizations to reduce absence durations, streamline administration, and improve employee satisfaction. Based on treatment and duration guidelines and ICD codes, this capability expands the AbsenceSoft product port…Read More

  3. Reflecting about the Disability Management Employer Coalition (DMEC)

    As I was preparing my presentation for the 25th DMEC Annual Conference, I had a chance to reflect on the influence DMEC has had on me both personally and professionally for the 12+ years I’ve been a member. I first became involved with DMEC when attended my first DMEC Annual Conference as a tag-along to my boss who had been a long-time member.  I was new to the absence and disability world, hav…Read More

  4. What NYPFL? It’s all good….it’s not a thesis paper!

    Remember your junior year when your English professor lectured about how to write a thesis paper. She assured you it’s complicated, but doable as you methodically define a statement, create structure, an abstract, Table of Contents, writing for an audieurpi3474jdi#......yup, just like that, you were hearing nothing more clearly than Mrs. Donovan’s voice…wah wah wah. Yes, Charlie Brown’s te…Read More

  5. Paid Family Leave and the Election

    Under the category of ‘Things that keep me up at night’, I’m trying to wrap my brain around the potential direction of family leave, maternity leave, paid, unpaid, federal changes, state and municipal changes, changes in the ACA, the Hyde Amendment; just to name a few. Let’s look at just one concept – Paid Family Leave at the federal level. How does your tomorrow change based on just the…Read More

  6. ABC’s of Leave Management – F is for Family (part 1)

    F: Family:  The old adage, you can pick your friends, but you can’t pick your family --- not true if you’re hanging with the Department of Labor. The DOL picked your family when they decided to name the Family & Medical Leave Act. Let’s break it down….Parent, Spouse, and Child. Simple enough. NOT! Here we go: Parents:  Biological, Step, Adoptive, and the ever popular In Loco Parentis…Read More

  7. ABC’s of Leave Management – E is for Eligibility

    E: Eligibility:  What makes someone eligible?  Not sure? Well, let me help you figure it out, because it is ALL YOU! The employee bears zero responsibility for knowing this part. It really boils down to three things:  Have they worked long enough for you?  Have they worked enough hours?  And this one can be tricky:  Do they work at, or report to a company location with 50 employees within a …Read More

  8. ABC’s of Leave Management – D is for Designation

    D: Designation:  OK, this one is technical.  We’ve covered it before, but it bears, umm, repeating!  Here’s the bottom line: if all the criteria are met (your employee is eligible; the health condition is serious and certified; they have time available; the relationship is qualifying), then you designate this absence.  Simply stated, to Designate is to Deduct time as FMLA.  Once you have …Read More

  9. ABC’s of Leave Management – C is for Communication

    C: Communication: “Location, location, location.” You think of that as a quote about real estate, but now you can think of it as a quote about when and where to have good communication practices! Before, during, and after -- Before you even hire somebody, you have to have proper communication of FMLA rights posted in the workplace. Before you take action, you have communication obligations. Du…Read More

  10. ABC’s of Leave Management – B is for Behavioral Health

    B: Behavioral Health: If you are in this industry, this topic is not new. It is no longer taboo to discuss and it is no longer just talking about traditional “mental illnesses”, but the much larger well-being of your employees. I will even be so bold to say, if you are not giving it attention, you are doing your company and yourself a disservice. When we have the time to peruse the journals an…Read More