FMLA regulations never receive a warm welcome from covered employers. Instead, they generate thoughts of wasted administration time, additional expense, and potential liability. The fact that business publications continue to be full of news regarding the Department of Labor’s announcement that they’ll be increasing their annual rate of inquiries, inspections, and audits is doing nothing to relieve those concerns. FMLA was created to benefit employees, no doubt. But smart business owners can also benefit from FMLA regulations.
Compliance with FMLA regulations ensures that employees will receive quick and appropriate communications and notifications, during what could be a difficult and stressful time. Proper and efficient handling by a company’s leave administration can speak volumes to an employee. Frequently, leave administration efficiency can help to promote greater employee loyalty, improved company morale, and a reduction of leave abuse. And these are just some of the employer benefits generated by the proper handling of FMLA regulations.
Nevertheless, some employers feel that FMLA regulations are burdensome, costly, and frequently confusing. Confusion typically appears when state legislation, intended to increase the benefits or coverage group of federal FMLA, overlaps federal guidelines. The Supreme Court’s overturning of the Defense of Marriage Act’s marriage definition and subsequent assignment to individual states for handling that responsibility is frequently cited. Employers in thirteen states were immediately and directly effected by this “adjustment” to FMLA regulations.
Employers looking to comply with FMLA regulations frequently find themselves considering the leave administration assistance provided by Qcera’s web-based LeaveSource™ software. LeaveSource™ seamlessly handles the requirements of federal, state and company policies and regulations, by providing administrators with a daily worklist, prepared notifications and communications, and alerts when limits are exceeded. Express takes care of small companies. Enterprise for large. And Entrust for company’s that would like to handle intake, but not all of the back office paperwork and certification handling. Select “Request A Demo” to see LeaveSource™ in action, or check out the particular product that most suits your companies needs for compliance with FMLA regulations.