Leave of absence request isn’t a term known to send a shudder down the spine of covered employers, but recent developments are quickly changing the FMLA playing field for employers. Judgments against covered employers found to be out of compliance have reached eight figure awards. And the Department of Labor has announced that they will be increasing the frequency, intensity, and number of FMLA-related audits, inquiries, and investigations over the next twelve months. Confusion and concern seem to rear their heads more frequently when company administrators deal with a leave of absence request.
A leave of absence request has become more difficult for leave administrators to deal with recently, due to the ever growing layers of state-generated legislation that overlaps and or supplements federal FMLA in such a way as to cause a greater “care for” group to qualify. A number of states have provided legislation that extends an employee’s qualifying care for group to include, for example, domestic partners. And the U.S. Supreme Court’s striking of the Defense of Marriage Act’s “one man and one woman” marriage definition has immediately caused FMLA to be handled differently in Washington D.C. and the thirteen states already recognizing same-sex marriage with regard to a leave of absence request.
These changes to the handling of a leave of absence request are just the beginning of what appears to be a potentially ongoing train of state and federal modifications to FMLA. Although many feel they have been able to keep up with this moving target, many more are scrambling for assistance or outsourcing solutions. Qcera Inc. saw the potential for legislative confusion back in the Nineties and developed a web-based application to assist employers of any size with compliance solutions that would handle FMLA federal requirements, all state legislative requirements, and even policies specific to a client company, when presented with a leave of absence request.
Appropriate handling of a leave of absence request is simple for smaller companies that choose to utilize Qcera’s LeaveSource™ Express web-based software. Like more than a dozen Fortune 500 Companies already have, larger companies with multiple leave administrators will find LeaveSource™ Enterprise’s robust reporting, fully-configurable, and scalable leave administration solution to be the best the industry has to offer. And LeaveSource™ Entrust was created for companies who would like to maintain contact with employees, but relieve themselves of the back office duties. Select an appropriate product tab for additional information, or request a demo to end your concerns with any employee’s leave of absence request.