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FMLA Eligibility: Eligible, or Not Eligible? That is the Question

The federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) has many complex components that can be difficult for employers and employees to understand. Just to name a few examples: explaining “Rolling Back”; “Joint Employers”; and the definition of “Appropriate Medical Facts,” are all elements of FMLA that cause confusion. Although eligibility is usually one of the … Continued

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USERRA Best Practices for Employers

The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) provides certain protections for individuals who leave their civilian employment to perform military service. Under USERRA, employers are required to provide certain rights and benefits to these individuals, including the right to be reemployed in their civilian jobs after completing their military service, and the right … Continued

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New Federal Protections for Pregnant and Nursing Workers

During the 2022 holiday season, the U.S. Congress passed, and President Joe Biden signed, a bipartisan omnibus spending bill, the 2023 Consolidated Appropriations Act. This bill included two particularly notable measures relating to workplace accommodation: the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) and the Providing Urgent Maternal Protections for Nursing Mothers Act (PUMP for Nursing Mothers … Continued

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Improving Communications Between Case Managers and Clinicians

A major challenge for processing claim paperwork is getting the right information in a timely manner. Case managers working to help patients utilize their employer leave policies sometimes have to follow-up with healthcare practitioners’ offices for additional information, especially when extending a leave request. A follow-up may be for original diagnosis documentation, a change in … Continued

Absence Management Academy - A Deep Dive Into ADA

Compliance Webinar: Absence Management Academy: A Deep Dive Into ADA

Compliance Webinar: (December 7, 2022) Absence Management Academy: A Deep Dive Into ADA The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) provides important protections for individuals with disabilities. However, it isn’t always easy for employers to determine when those protections apply to the workplace especially when evaluating the request for an accommodation. Employers are faced with an even … Continued

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Why Was My Leave Request Denied?

ReedGroup provides employee absence management on behalf of some of North America’s largest employers. We handle different kinds of absence requests, from family and medical leave to military and personal leave. Requesting a leave of absence isn’t supposed to be tricky, but some employees get tripped up. If you’ve found yourself asking “why was my … Continued

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A Multiverse of Models: Finding the Right Solution for Your Absence Management Program

When choosing an absence management model, employers have a great deal of flexibility.  Outsourcing, co-sourcing, in-sourcing, and in-sourcing with the help of specialized absence management software are all options that can work well.  But how do you decide which path makes the most sense for your organization? Based on our experience, here are the benefits … Continued

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How to Manage Disability Accommodation Requests for Your Employees | A Guide for Employers

In October, we launched a three-part blog series in honor of National Disability Awareness Month (NDEAM) focusing on items employers should consider as they reviewed policies and practices related to leave of absence and disability programs. In part I, we discussed managing leave of absence requests. Part II focused on employer disability plans. In this … Continued

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How to Manage Short-Term and Long-Term Disability Leave Requests | A Guide for Employers

Last month, we kicked off a three-part blog series in honor of National Disability Awareness Month (NDEAM). Even though it’s now November and NDEAM is over, employees continue to have disabilities and health conditions that employers must consider as part of their overall absence, disability, and accommodations programs. In part I, we discussed managing leave … Continued

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

How to Manage Employee Leave Requests | A Guide for Employers

The third largest market segment in the United States is people with disabilities. To celebrate the contributions of workers with disabilities and highlight inclusive employer practices and policies, October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). As part of the Office of Disability Employment Policy’s “31 Days of NDEAM,” days two and three focused on … Continued