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 Lea…Read More

  2. 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…Read More

  3. 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 e…Read More

  4. 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 th…Read More

  5. 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 y…Read More

  6. 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…Read More