Thursday, April 28, 2016

Franchising and the FMLA - Employer's Guide

Without arguing over whose workers they are, franchisors and franchisees have one thing in common: Employees! Yes those pesky people who greet the customers, turn on the grills and ovens, flip the burgers, clean the guest rooms, deliver the food and make the business run like a business.

As we know, dealing with employees is an integral part of any business and it grows more complicated and more important as time goes on. To assist employers in the United States, the Department of Labor has published a new guide for one of those areas that has grown more complex: The Family and Medical Leave Act.
You can download the Employer's Guide to The Family and Medical Leave Act here.

Having handled a few FMLA matters from both sides of the employment relationship, I can attest to the complexities and nuances that can arise. Take a few moments to download this guide and give it a read before your next HR crisis emerges.

Here is what the DOL says about its guide: "This Employer’s Guide to the Family and Medical Leave Act is designed to provide essential information about the FMLA, including information about employers’ obligations under the law and the options available to employers in administering leave under the FMLA. The Guide is organized to correspond to the order of events from an employee’s leave request to restoration of the employee to the same or equivalent job at the end of the employee’s FMLA leave. It also includes a topical index for ease of use."

Tip of the Hat to Jon Hyman at Ohio's Employer's Law Blog for bringing this Guide to my attention.