FMLA When employers take the time and effort to think about the FMLA the way the DOL does, they will reduce risk and do the right thing for employees, shareholders, and other stakeholders.

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) has made an enormous difference in the lives of many employees. Evidence also indicates that it helps employers. Like all programs that enable work-life balance, leave is especially effective in helping attract and retain talent.

But that doesn’t mean the FMLA is always easy to administer. Helen Applewhaite, branch chief, U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Wage and Hour Division, and other experts discussed the FMLA during a recent DMEC webinar. Forty seven percent of participants said the overall process was the FMLA’s most challenging aspect. About 30 percent said deciphering medical certification information presents the biggest challenge, while 16 percent found adhering to the requirements in a timely manner most difficult.

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