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SHRM members have numerous resources available to help them ensure that complicated leave of absence laws are closely followed in their companies. But that’s just the problem – too many resources can fuel headaches surrounding the complexities of regulations addressing short or long-term leave. At Reed Group, we think you need only one, all-encompassing resource. That’s why we created Leave of Absence Advisor.

Leave of Absence Advisor is a newly developed online tool that guides human resources professionals who are seeking information or have questions about any and all state and federal leave laws. We’re currently offering this tool to SHRM members for $199 as an introductory annual subscription, $500 off of the list price. Leave of Absence Advisor offers :

  • All 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia
  • Simple summaries, charts, comprehensive analyses, and side-by-side comparisons
  • Fully cited statutes and case law
  • Robust search functionality that makes finding answers simple
  • A customizable interface that enables users to set up the display to meet their needs

Handling an FMLA claim can be a challenge, but failing to understand the intricacies of applying regulations can be costly for a company. Reed Group estimates that the average cost of losing an FMLA claim at trial is $506,000. Not to mention the resulting burden on management and employee morale and negativity from the community. Human resources can avoid this undesired situation by enlisting the resources of Reed Group’s expertise in FMLA and leave of absence regulations through Leave of Absence Advisor.

Reed Group recently conducted a study concluding that the length of time employees are taking off from work has increased by 38 percent since 2009. It’s more important than ever to be educated about leave of absence regulations as they relate to your business and state.

Leave of Absence Advisor will be demonstrated at booth number 3512 at the Society for Human Resource Management annual meeting this week in Atlanta. SHRM members can receive an introductory annual subscription to the online service for $199 a year, a $500 discount from the list price. This offer is available until July 31. Visit www.reedgroup.com/SHRM for more information or a personal demonstration.

Compliance Team

Compliance Team

James Venable, JD, SPHR, is the Vice President of Employment Law, Absence and Accommodation Compliance at ReedGroup, where he provides expertise in Absence Management Compliance and Employee Relations Counseling. Mr. Venable has more than 20 years of experience across senior roles in Legal, Human Resources, and Compliance from several Fortune 500 companies. Mr. Venable joined ReedGroup in April 2018 after serving as Vice President of Human Resources, Employee Relations, Labor Relations, Compliance and Environmental Health and Safety for Comcast, where he was responsible for engagement and labor relations activities for the company’s West Division Business Unit.

Lori Welty, Esq. is a Compliance Attorney at ReedGroup. Ms. Welty provides expertise in all areas of state and federal leave law, including Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and their state law equivalents as well as disability and family leave benefits. Ms. Welty is an ongoing author of ReedGroup’s LeaveAdvisor online reference tool, as well as many other white papers and articles.

Sheri Pullen is a Compliance Analyst at Reed Group. Ms. Pullen develops leave of absence and disability content across a variety of platforms and provides compliance analysis, direction, and expertise regarding the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), state leave laws, and ERISA as it relates to disability plans. Ms. Pullen has a strong compliance-focused background comprised of more than 20 years of experience in writing, editing, business analysis, and consulting.

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