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Serving Our Country: Military Deployments May Trigger Leave Requests. How Well Do You Understand USERRA?

Original publish date: February 13, 2020. Updated January 27, 2023 Managing military-related leave requests can prompt a lot of questions, as employers have two federal leave laws to consider: the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA).  We’ve seen a lot of confusion when employers try to decipher … 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

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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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

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

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USERRA Expanded by the CREW Act

On September 29, 2022, one day after Hurricane Ian made landfall on Florida’s southwest shores, President Biden signed into law the Civilian Reservist Emergency Workforce (CREW) Act. This Act directly amended two federal laws: the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act and the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA). The … Continued

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Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) in 2022: Top Employer Questions, Answered

Correctly administering Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) has only become more complex following numerous state-level changes during the COVID-19 pandemic. The USA is one of the few industrialized nations without paid family and/or medical leave at the national level. Thus, states have led the way. Since 2020, D.C., Massachusetts, Washington, Connecticut, Oregon, New Hampshire, … Continued

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Hot Topics in Absence Management

Gather around the virtual water cooler with us to see what your colleagues are talking about. ReedGroup’s most popular blog posts in 2022 so far are:  Paid Family & Medical Leave Update A summary of PFML in California, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Washington, plus programs coming … Continued

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Social Anxiety and the ADA

What are the most relatable phobias, in your opinion? Perhaps it is Arachnophobia, the fear of spiders; Acrophobia, the fear of heights; Mysophobia, the fear of germs; or maybe Trypanophobia, the fear of injections. Social anxiety disorder is one type of phobia. For one employee of Gravity Diagnostics, in Kentucky, his lunch hour went awry … Continued

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Vaccine Mandates, Exemptions and Accommodations

What Employers Should know About COVID-19 Immunization Mandates and Challenges, and How to Navigate Employee Requests Regarding Vaccination COVID-19 has become an ongoing challenge for employers seeking to manage a productive workforce while setting policies that keep workers safe. The availability of effective vaccines in the US provided some relief and protection for employees’ health … Continued