Disability benefits producers who market absence management services are discovering a frightening truth: As complicated as the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and other state and federal leave laws are, understanding them is just one step on an ankle-twisting path.

In addition to tripping up employers all on their own, leave laws interact with other laws, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). 

Angie Brown of ClaimVantage, a company that sells disability and absence management systems, has come up with a list of five tips on ways to avoid FMLA-ADA traps. 

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Allison Bell

Allison Bell, a senior reporter at ThinkAdvisor and BenefitsPRO, previously was an associate editor at National Underwriter Life & Health. She has a bachelor's degree in economics from Washington University in St. Louis and a master's degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She can be reached through X at @Think_Allison.