Congress considers dueling parental leave policies

Posted by Emily Kubis on Mon, Aug 27, 2018 @ 06:08

What employers should know

Congress is working on a solution for paid parental leave, with options currently under consideration on both sides of the aisle.

Most recently, Sen. Marco Rubio released the “Economic Security Act for New Parents,” which would allow parents to withdraw early Social Security benefits to use after the birth or adoption of a child. Parents who took advantage of this bill would then delay the collection of those benefits in retirement

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How to handle employee absences outside of FMLA

Posted by Emily Kubis on Fri, Aug 10, 2018 @ 09:08

What to do when FMLA doesn't apply

When it comes to personal or medical employee absences, the Family and Medical Leave Act provides a standard set of requirements for employers with over 50 employees.

But there are cases where FMLA does not apply. If you have less than 50 employees, or the employee has not worked for the company the required amount of time for FMLA eligibility—1,250 work hours or 12 months of active employment—how do you handle employee leave?

The process will vary based on the specific circumstances at your organization, as there isn’t a “one-size-fits-all” approach when FMLA doesn’t apply. But in general, here are two scenarios—one where the employee has Short-Term Disability coverage, and one without Short-Term Disability coverage.

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Parental leave—what’s the industry standard?

Posted by Emily Kubis on Thu, Jul 13, 2017 @ 16:07

New survey shows state of parental leave in U.S.

A new survey from the Society of Human Resource Management shows that paid maternity leave is still not the standard in most U.S. workplaces.

Thirty percent of organizations offer paid maternity leave, the study showed, representing a slight increase from 26 percent in 2016.

Just under a quarter—24 percent—offer paid paternity leave.

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