Return To the Office…? Part 1: The EEOC Issues Additional Guidance for High Risk Employees 

Return To the Office…? Part 1: The EEOC Issues Additional Guidance for High Risk Employees  As some employers begin plans for reopening their workplaces, many have concerns on how to manage employees with preexisting conditions that may make them more susceptible to COVID-19.  A poll taken after one of Reed Group’s recent webinars showed that the top priority for employers was implementing safety measures for employees.  Some of those concerns were addressed on May 7, 2020 when the EEOC … Continued

Part 2: 7 of the Most Common Reasons Employees Don’t Go to Work

Is your Organization’s Culture and Behavior Inadvertently Causing Absenteeism?   ReedGroup has identified seven of the most potent drivers of absenteeism within an organization. The first of this two-part series explored four of the seven pitfalls we’ve seen in some employer’s plan and policy designs that encourage employee absenteeism. This next part of the series … Continued

Part I: 7 of the Most Common Reasons Employees Don’t Go to Work

Are your policies inadvertently causing absenteeism? ReedGroup has identified seven of the most potent drivers of absenteeism within an organization. The first of this two-part series will explore four of the seven pitfalls we see in some employer’s plan and policy designs that encourage employee absenteeism.   Here are some tips and tactics that will counterbalance … Continued

The FMLA Turns 24!

Saturday, August 5, 2017 marks the 24th anniversary of the day the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) became effective. Signed by President Bill Clinton on February 5, 1993, and made effective on August 5, 1993, the FMLA provides eligible employees with the right to job-protected unpaid leave for qualifying family and medical reasons. Under … Continued

Breaking News Regarding ERISA’s Disability Claims Handling Procedure Regulations

ReedGroup informed you in December of changes to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act’s (ERISA’s) regulations impacting disability benefits. On July 20th, the Trump administration announced that these regulations are part of the Spring 2017 Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions. These regulations are now on review for “law and policy” to determine … Continued

Massachusetts Passes Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

On July 27, 2017, the Governor of Massachusetts signed Massachusetts House Bill 3680, a pregnancy accommodation law (referred to here as the “Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act”). Effective April 1, 2018 , the law adds protection for employees experiencing pregnancy or related health conditions. Employee Eligibility: All employees are eligible. Covered Employers: All employers with 6 or more … Continued

Crossing The Finish Line: New York PFL Final Regulations

On Wednesday, July 19, New York adopted final Paid Family Leave law (NY PFL) regulations, which take effect immediately. Beginning January 1, 2018, NY PFL will provide eight weeks of benefits at 50% salary rate, with increased benefits over the next four years, to employees who need to miss work: to care for a family … Continued

Hawaii Adds Sibling Coverage to its Family Leave Law

On July 10, the Governor of Hawaii signed House Bill 213, which expands the existing Hawaii Family Leave Law. The new law, effective immediately, adds siblings to the list of covered family members with a serious health condition for whom an employee may take leave to provide care. No other substantive changes were made to … Continued

Connecticut Expands its Protections for Pregnant Employees

On July 6, the Governor of Connecticut signed House Bill 6668, a law amending the Connecticut Pregnancy Disability law. The new law, effective October 1, 2017, provides additional protections for employees experiencing pregnancy, childbirth, or a related condition. The existing law requires an employer to grant a reasonable leave of absence for disabilities resulting from … Continued