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By Scott Lenox, National Sales Representative at OCI

This week, we’re tackling Part II of the blog series Leave Management Software, No Really, Where Do I Start?!

Fully understanding the benefits your software vendor can provide, not only to your department, but other departments, and to the overall organization, will assist you in your internal discussions. Often times, purchasing a Leave Management software system will include different departments and decision makers.

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Are you able to determine what number of employees are absent from your organization each day? Do you know who’s out, why they are out, and how long their leave duration is anticipated to be? Managing this information on a daily basis sounds overwhelming. But there are solutions in the marketplace today that can help you manage this information while staying compliant, reducing costs, and identifying key trends for business decisions.

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Recently, the state of Tennessee amended TCA, Title 8, Chapter 33, Part 1 regarding employees in military service. This may mean absolutely nothing to you. But, if you have employees in the state of Tennessee, you need to know what the amendment was and how it affects your employees’ leave eligibility.

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At the annual SHRM conference in Atlanta, GA, OCI hosted our first-ever survey focusing on leave management. We set out to understand some of the issues facing employers with regard to absence, how important technology is to our human resources clients, and gain some insights into the issues on the mind of leave specialists.

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We recently came across an article that declared that many HR professionals still aren’t a part of the strategic leadership team at most organizations. We quickly asked ourselves why, as most HR and leave managers are among the hardest working people in their companies.

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Are you faced with compliance concerns, extended leave durations, and administrative overload? Uncover industry best practices and learn how to track multiple leave types in a cloud based system during the session, "Leveraging Technology to Manage & Track FMLA efficiently" at the DMEC Conference.

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Is there any bigger headache for HR managers than the one brought on by intermittent FMLA? The laws, the chronic conditions, the snippets of time….. It will eventually drive even the most organized leave professional to head vs. wall madness.

Is there anything to do but take an Advil?

Yes.

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Earlier this week, Optis unveiled its new look at the 15th HR Technology Conference & Expo in Chicago, IL! Aside from buzzing with excitement over our new brand, we were able to speak with top HR Managers & Leave Specialists regarding the challenges and business issues they face each day.

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It’s no secret that OCI has undergone an evolution this year. Our people data management expertise has brought about a transformation: OCI is now Optis.

Optis is launching with a new logo and website. The fresh look reflects the evolving technology and data services industry and Optis’ future in providing you with excellence in people data management services.

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The exercise of managing and tracking FMLA in today’s work environment requires training, dedication to excellence (aka compliance), and endurance.

Leave managers must be committed to obtaining the education necessary to understand the internal and external (state and federal) policies governing employee absence. They then must operate as efficiently as possible to ensure compliance with said leave policies (keeping the company away from potential legal issues) while managing the day-to-day tasks and events required to return employees to work quickly.

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