Let’s face it. Managing employee leave isn’t the most glamorous aspect of HR or workforce management. But it’s certainly among the most challenging. The legal and regulatory backdrop to leave management is complex, and it varies based on factors that range from where you do business to the size of your company. You feel as if the rules are ever-changing. It’s like doing business in an amusement park fun house; it’s a challenge to keep your footing, hard to know if what you’re seeing is real, and difficult to get a firm hold on the rail to help lead you through the maze.
Are You Keeping Pace with Developments in Leave Management?
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The summer edition of the [Optis Insight](http://www.optis.com/resources/newsletter) newsletter is out! Get the full scoop on what's happening at Optis and in leave and absence management. Inside you'll find details on: • Best practices in employee accommodation management • New leave laws effective this month • Optis' latest solution, Claim View ![optisinsightsummeredition](/sites/default/files/optisinsightsummeredition.jpg)
Revitalizing Leave Management During Flu Season
*This week’s post is brought to you by [David Spring]( https://www.linkedin.com/in/davidspringoptis), Optis’ Business Analyst.* ![DSpring.jpg](/sites/default/files/DSpring.jpg) On Monday, January 12, 2015, a male patient, with a fever, was transported to [Denver Health](http://www.denverhealth.org/) from the city of Arvada, CO. Why? This man had recently been in an Ebola-infected country and required testing to confirm the absence of Ebola. According to Dr.
Managing FMLA and Employee Leave in California? Here’s What You Need to Know
![OPT-14012-LOL-SC-California.gif](/sites/default/files/OPT-14012-LOL-SC-California.gif) Take a look at the diverse landscape of less-noticed leave with our new [eBook](http://optis.com/thought-leadership-download?nid=279), or start a free trial of [LeaveXpert](https://www.leavexpert.com/) today.
Managing Leave in Connecticut? Here's What You Need to Know
![OPT-14012-LOL-SC-Connecticut](/sites/default/files/OPT-14012-LOL-SC-Connecticut.gif) Take a look at the diverse landscape of less-noticed leave with our new [eBook](http://optis.com/thought-leadership-download?nid=279), or start a free trial of [LeaveXpert](https://www.leavexpert.com/) today.
Is Collaboration Overrated?
This week’s post is brought to you by [Jim Bryant](https://www.linkedin.com/pub/jim-bryant/8/454/893). Collaboration is used extensively today in both the private and public sectors, with considerable focus on the lack of collaboration and the impact on many aspects of our family and work environments.
Two Items for Your To Do List for the New Year: Leave Updates Effective January 1, 2014
We’re about 3 weeks away from the New Year. *(Yes, 3 weeks!)* Looking forward to the year ahead there are two important leave updates for human resources to have on their radar.
Holiday Week Headache: Absence
Managing absence is definitely one of the most challenging aspects of HR. But nothing leaves you banging your head against the wall like a holiday week. If you don’t have a cloud-based leave management system to get a handle on unscheduled absence and deduct the appropriate holiday hours for employees already on leave, it won’t be the fireworks or 4th of July celebration that causes your head pain.
Top 10 Reasons to Track FMLA in the Cloud
10. [#Saynotospreadsheets](https://twitter.com/search?q=%23saynotospreadsheets&src=typd) and wave goodbye to sticky notes. 9. Gain insight into absence trends. 8. Manage accommodation requests & approvals. 7. Track eligibility and certification documentation online instead of in paper files. 6. Keep your data secure in the cloud instead of in a dusty file cabinet. 5. Show your manager and team you’re an HR Rock Star! Try before you buy and see which product edition works best for you. 4. Track leave remotely; login anywhere that has an internet connection. 3.
SHRM 2013 Recap: First Stop on the Optis Illumination Tour
We just got back from [#SHRM13](https://twitter.com/search?q=%23SHRM13&src=typd) in Chicago! What an event! There were over 78 countries represented, nearly 20,000 attendees and 700 exhibitors! Between networking events, sessions and a very busy exhibit booth, we have to say it was one of the best SHRM events yet!