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Outsourcing FMLA May Be the Break Your HR Department Needs Right Now

Outsourcing FMLA May Be the Break Your HR Department Needs Right Now

Posted By Brandy King
January 21, 2022 Category: FMLA, Outsourcing, Administrative, PEO, ASO, HR, Human Resources, FFCRA, ADA, Medical Leave, Employee Leave, Absence Management

                                                FMLA has been maligned by HR departments for years, not only because of the amount of work involved – but also the amount of expertise. Do you ever feel like your management team shouldn’t be the ones determining if a claim submitted actually qualifies? Throwing COVID-related leave into the mix didn’t help, either.  Private companies that employ at least 50 workers (within a 75 mile radius), and public employers regardless of size are required to offer FMLA – 12 weeks unpaid leave during a 12 month period. While many question its value, considering the leave is unpaid – it was put in place to protect the jobs of those experiencing one of the following conditions:  •    Birth or adoption of a child •    Care of a spouse, child or parent with a serious health condition •    A serious health condition that renders the employee unable to complete their essential duties •    A qualifying emergency related to a spouse, child or parent being on active military duty Non-compliance not only puts you on the radar of the Department of Labor (which could result in major fines), but could also expose you to private lawsuits from disgruntled employees. We hear a lot of businesses say, “We jus

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