Same-Sex Unions – What’s Happening Where?

By Martha J. Cardi, Reed Group Chief Compliance Officer Currently, 15 states and the District of Columbia officially recognize some form of union between individuals of the same gender.  These are variously designated as domestic partnerships, civil unions, or same-sex marriages.  The legal effect of these unions varies from state to state.  This article provides … Continued

Reed Group’s LeavePro™ Software Now Available Direct to Employers

Absence Management Software is Built on Deep, Industry-Leading Expertise Managing the ever-more complex web of FMLA, disability and other regulated leaves is a huge headache for today’s employers. Fearing noncompliance, many over-approve leaves, wasting money and hurting productivity. Others mistakenly deny leaves, running the risk of multi-million dollar legal action. To help organizations solve this … Continued

Cat’s Paw Strikes Employer’s Defenses in USERRA and FMLA Cases

by Martha J. Cardi, Reed Group Chief Compliance Officer The “cat’s paw” theory of employer liability in employment cases has made headlines following the recent U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Staub v. Proctor Hospital on March 1, 2011. Now, a federal court has also applied the cat’s paw theory to employees’ claims of employer interference … Continued

Reed Group Launches Leave of Absence Advisor

Newest Addition to MDGuidelines™ Return-to-Work Toolkit Helps Users Navigate FMLA, State FML and Other Leave Laws With a myriad of overlapping leave laws and potential million-dollar claim disputes, it’s no wonder eight out of 10 employers cite leave law administration as their most difficult HR activity. To help organizations cope with this growing complexity, Reed Group® … Continued

Join Us at DMEC!

Will you be attending DMEC 20Eleven in Dallas next week? The Reed Group team will be there. We’re looking forward to seeing old and new friends, and to introducing you to our exciting new products and services. Register to win an iPad at our booth #104 and receive personalized demos of: * Leave of Absence Advisor — … Continued

ADA Lawsuits on the Rise

Employers Must Utilize Accommodation Process Following Leave of Absence By Martha J. Cardi, Chief Compliance Officer, Reed Group There has been a surge in the filing of charges and lawsuits under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) reported in 2010. Total charges filed with the EEOC in 2010 increased by 7.1% over charges filed in … Continued

Join us at RIMS!

Are you attending RIMS 2011 in Vancouver? Be sure to stop by the Reed Group booth #1842 and say hi to our team! We’ve got a lot of exciting things to share with you, including new MDGuidelines e-courses, our industry-leading predictive modeling tool, and much more!

USERRA Note: Notice of Intent to Take Military Duty Leave Sufficient to Provide USERRA Job Protections

By Marti J. Cardi, Chief Compliance Officer, Reed Group Employers are familiar with the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), which provides American service members in civilian jobs with protection from discrimination on the basis of military service and job restoration rights following service. A recent opinion from the First Circuit Court of … Continued

Join Us at DMEC Behavioral Wellness in the Workplace Conference

If you’re an HR and/or absence management professional, you well know that employee behavioral issues can cause all kinds of expensive productivity problems. Proactive management of behavioral issues in the workplace can save huge dollars, increase productivity AND increase employee morale as well as help you retain key talent. That’s exactly why you should attend … Continued