Claims related to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) jumped more than 10% this year, according to a report by FMLASource, an affiliate of ComPsych Corporation. The key reasons for FMLA absences are 1) personal illness/injury, 2) caring for a child, and 3) caring for an elderly relative.
Experts blame the struggling economy for the bump. “As companies continue to operate with leaner staffs in a slowly recovering economy, many workers are seeking FMLA job protection in order to take time off to care for themselves as well as family members,” says Jim Brown, vice president of FMLASource.
To counteract this trend, Brown recommends that employers beef up their support services, including Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) and work-life initiatives, to address employee issues and reduce the length of FMLA absences.
A thorough monitoring and documentation process of claims is essential, too. To ensure tighter administrative control and to curb costs in a tough economy, rely on the ComplyRight™ FMLA Administration System. It includes all the forms and information you need to effectively manage FMLA requests according to the latest regulations.