FMLA Claims Are Up, FMLASource Offers Employers Help

October 26, 2010 ( - Claims related to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) have increased by more than 10% this year, according to a report by FMLASource, an affiliate of ComPsych Corporation.

A press release said FMLASource reviews, approves, processes and tracks leave requests with the oversight of legal staff, helping organizations reduce the amount of absences while complying with the complexities of the Act. FMLASource also integrates with ComPsych GuidanceResources, including comprehensive EAP and work-life services.   

The company said the top reasons for FMLA absences – personal illness/injury, caring for a child, and caring for an elderly relative – can be addressed by an EAP/work-life program. When applicable, FMLASource refers employees to these services to reduce the length of the absence and speed return to work.   

According to the announcement, this practice, as well as tighter controls and thorough monitoring and documentation processes, have resulted in a 40% average reduction in overall FMLA absences for FMLASource customers.  

“By removing the burden of FMLA administration upon an organization’s staff, FMLASource can ensure compliance while reducing overall absences so that employers can control their costs, which is especially important in a tough economy,” said Jim Brown, vice president of FMLASource, in the announcement.