Do you ever feel as though there aren’t enough hours in the workday? Authorizing, coordinating and monitoring Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)-protected time away from work can be time-consuming, let alone challenging. To gain back time, have you considered outsourcing absence management to a carrier?
The absence management challenge
The intricacies of the many state and federal mandates can make the thought of absence management overwhelming. And what you don’t know may hurt you. The U.S. Department of Labor has the ability to audit any employer to ensure compliance with FMLA and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA).
The benefits of outsourcing
Although absence management is a complex undertaking, outsourcing to a trusted carrier is not, and some carriers are staffed with experts who can serve as consultative resources throughout the process.
Consider the following ways that carriers can help reduce the administrative headaches of absence management:
- Ensure consistent administration. Carriers understand the nuances of state and federal regulations, and how to track leave — be it intermittent or long-term; state, federal or military; or protected by FMLA or ADAAA.
- Reduce administrative burden. Logging, tracking and administering leave is done by a carrier — freeing up your time and resources.
- Decrease the number of days lost. Expert FMLA administrators can help reduce the frequency and duration of employee leaves by ensuring that absent employees comply with laws and regulations.
- Help ensure accurate records. Programs that provide online tracking of all reported leaves and generate real-time reports give you the tools you need to help proactively address absence-related productivity issues.
- Provide additional assistance. Some carriers also provide vocational or mental health consultants to help accommodate employees with return-to-work or stay-at-work solutions. This can increase employee productivity and reduce the number and severity of absences.
Outsourced absence management can free up your team to function more strategically. Plus, your bottom line may be protected threefold: first, by helping reduce unnecessary absences; second, by increasing employee productivity; and third, by better compliance with regulations.