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New Resources: FMLA and Mental Health

Reed Group’s Chief Compliance Officer, Marti Cardi, was a lead speaker at the opening sessions of the 2013 Annual conference for the Disability Management Employer Coalition in Atlanta last week.  The conference focused this year on mental and behavioral health issues.  Keynote speaker Rosalynn Carter addressed the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act and joined a panel discussing mental health parity. Marti led a plenary session Monday morning of the conference, “An Employer’s Guide to Managing Mental and Behavioral Health under the FMLA and the ADA,” co-presenting with the Department of Labor’s Diane Dawson, and Pierce Blue from the EEOC.

Marti talked about the five steps employers should take to be “mental health” ready in the workplace, including fostering an atmosphere of acceptance and compliance, ensuring proper reporting procedures and policies, and training supervisors and staff.  She offered guidance on managing some key workplace issues that accompany mental health conditions, such as communications, performance, and conduct.

Download Marti’s presentation, “FMLA and Mental Health” and the side-by-side chart Marti distributed, which compares provisions of the FMLA and ADA to help you understand the overlaps and differences between the two with respect to leave of absence.

Reed Group mourns the loss of Randy Herndon

Reed Group has suffered a tragic loss in the passing of Randy Herndon, Vice President, Service and Software Sales.  Randy is survived by his wife and two grown children.

Randy joined Reed Group in April, 2012. He knew our industry well, learned our business quickly and has been a constant force of optimism and good humor.  Randy helped Reed Group build a strong sales organization and will be missed.

Information about flowers, donations and possible memorial services will be communicated as they are finalized.

Reed Group Compliance Team Presents on State Leave of Absence Current and Pending Laws’ Complexities

By Marti Cardi, Chief Compliance Officer, and Megan Holstein, Senior Counsel, Compliance and Employment Law

On June 13th, Reed Group, Ltd.’s Chief Compliance Officer, Marti Cardi, and Senior Counsel, Compliance and Employment Law, Megan Holstein, presented a webinar to over 150 DMEC attendees regarding the current landscape of state leave of absence laws. The presentation can be viewed here.

Ms. Cardi and Ms. Holstein discussed the complexity of overlapping leave management issues, including the overlap of federal and state law and employer’s time off benefits and policies; the increase in the number and types of state leave laws and the lack of consistency in state law leave parameters; and the odd-ball state leave reasons – such as leave to care for a sick pet!  Really? (The answer is no, it didn’t pass, but that leave reason was proposed by a Florida lawmaker!)

In the webinar Ms. Cardi and Ms. Holstein also addressed the importance of recognizing other laws’ impacts on leave of absence administration. Laws such as the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and state laws granting same sex unions all impact employee’s rights to a workplace leave of absence.

Ms. Cardi and Ms. Holstein’s presentation concluded with a discussion about what leave of absence laws are on the horizon and currently proposed in the federal and state legislatures.  Did you know that more than 145 leave laws have been introduced in 2013 and the year isn’t even half over?  Several of these proposed bills have passed, including Colorado’s Family Care Act.

Reed Group is able to navigate the choppy waters of leave of absence law, as well as stay afloat on the wave of pending legislation, by utilizing its LeaveAdvisor™ web-based reference tool.  The LeaveAdvisor™ provides accurate and easy-to-read information on the federal and 50 states’ leave of absence laws.  It also includes a pending legislation feature that tracks current, proposed legislation that, if enacted, would create or amend a leave of absence law.  For more information, visit Reed Group at http://www.reedgroup.com/leave-of-absence-advisor.htm or call 1-800-218-4650.