The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA) may seems reasonably straight forward; job-protected leave for employees. However, according to the United States Department of Labor (DOL), thousands of employers are subject to employee complaints annually. These complaints cost employers over $2 billion (with a ‘B’!) in back wages to employees, alone. Additionally, legal expenses and the costs associated with a DOL investigation can be substantial.
Are you FMLA compliant? The answer may be “no”… the fact is that the rules and regulations are complicated, and few HR departments have the resources to properly deal with the complex nature of FMLA compliance. Further contributing to the headache, maintaining compliance with state laws regarding leaves (which can differ from federal laws) can be similarly complex.
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