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Last week, you likely saw the final ruling issued by the DOL implementing FMLA expansions to military families and airline crews. Even with quite a bit of news coverage — as it coincided with the FMLA’s 20th birthday — new regulations tend to result in many, many questions.

But for us, the main question we asked was, “How will these expansions impact our customers?”

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Here at Optis, we keep our ears to the ground on recent industry news and regulations.

You’ve probably read by now that the DOL has issued a final rule implementing two expansions on the Family Medical Leave Act related to military families and airline flight crews. Additionally, they've recently issued clarification on what qualifies as an adult son or daughter and how it relates to protections under FMLA leave. And in state news, Philadelphia and others are considering paid sick leave policy adjustments.

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If you read last week’s blog post you saw that task management tools are part of using a cloud-based leave management system to relieve the burden of mismanaged leave data. You might have wondered, “So just what kinds of tasks are typically offered?” In this blog post, we’ll answer this question as it relates to the FMLA and leave of absence (LOA) management. You’ll see how leave specialists can work freely and escape the clutches of leave management chaos.

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Last week, we discussed the benefits and importance of integrating your people data. Collecting data from multiple sources, cleaning it, and combining it is a great start to understanding how your people data can affect your business.

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In the last installment of our Intermittent FMLA series, we’re going to share one final tip to help alleviate the pains that come with managing intermittent leaves.

By now, we’re hoping we’ve gotten you to stop the head vs. wall pounding with the first three tips: Tracking, Certification, & Be Suspicious.

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A couple of weeks ago, we gave you a few tips to ease the head pains so many HR managers get as a result of managing intermittent FMLA.

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Over half of HR professionals are unsure how much employee absence costs their organization. This unsettling statistic was revealed in our survey conducted in June at the 2012 SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition in Atlanta.

Let’s think about that. Half of these professionals aren’t sure of the costs, so therefore, executives don’t know when money is literally walking out the door. Plus, the price tag on this problem is $100 billion.

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This week, many members of the Optis team attended the Disability Management Employer Coalition (DMEC) Colorado Chapter’s quarterly meeting, “Absence Policies to Consider from Three Legal Perspectives.” The sessions clearly focused around absence – a topic near and dear to the hearts of many Optis employees.

What was particularly interesting about one of the sessions was that it focused on leave for an absence type not clearly defined: Leave as an ADA accommodation.

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All eyes are on the East Coast today as Hurricane Sandy travels along the eastern seaboard. Google has created a crisis map, you can use to track the storm. Here are some articles that provide resources for HR Managers during and after the wake of the storm we think are helpful. Stay safe everyone.

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There’s only one month left until OCI kicks-off our busy spring and summer conference schedule! We have a busy next few months ahead of us. We’ll be attending and exhibiting at several conferences nationwide. Our upcoming event calendar is below. Click here to schedule a meeting with an OCI Sales Representative during a conference and learn about LeaveXpert™, the essential leave mangement solution for your organization. We’ll see you there!

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