Reducing Absenteeism with Electronic Reporting

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September 27th, 2016


shutterstock_306793247 - CopyOne of the most prevalent issues that plagues employers is employee absenteeism. While most of the absences are legitimate, up to one-third of them are not related to illness. To help reduce instances of employees taking fraudulent sick days, employers can implement electronic absence reporting. Electronic absence reporting helps reduce unnecessary absenteeism in a few ways:

  • Employees who know their employers are tracking how often they call out tend to rethink taking a gratuitous day off.
  • By collecting absentee data, employers can gather averages for how many days employees take leave. Employees who know this information can compare their time off to the status quo. Some employees may not realize they are taking more leave than is normal without this data.
  • The data can help employers target problem areas. If one department has a much higher absentee rate than the others there could be a leadership issue. The data can help employers address the issues and prevent similar problems from happening in the future. Ensuring employees are happy goes a long way to reducing absenteeism.

Employers who implement electronic absence reporting systems should be mindful when using the data. The end goal should be to support and improve employees’ workplace experiences. If employees view the data collection as a means to mete out punishment, it could have the opposite intended effect.
Employers should make it clear that any electronic reporting system is meant to enrich employees’ health and wellness while at work. To learn more about optimizing your absence reporting procedures, contact us.

You May Not Have a Handle on FMLA

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May 3rd, 2016


Adhering to the Family and Medical Leave Act is a management issue for many employers. If you think that you have a handle on FMLA management, you may be wrong. Most companies run into issues with FMLA compliance, and those issues can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.
dolThree Common FMLA Issues
There are three main areas where many companies struggle with FMLA compliance.
Those areas are:

  • Determining if an employee has a qualifying health condition
  • Deciphering State and Federal leave laws
  • Tracking FMLA intermittent absences

Unknown FMLA Facts
Here are some other facts you may not realize about FMLA management:

  • Tracking FMLA related absences makes up 6% of payroll costs
  • The Department of Labor initiates 43% of FMLA related investigations
  • If a company loses a FMLA case, it can cost over $500,000

Managing FMLA absences is important to maintain compliance. Even if you feel you have intermittent and extended absence management under control, your company may not be handling them in an efficient manner.
Effective absence management requires a comprehensive strategy and an effective way to track and manage all absences. Contact the experts at Actec to learn how they can help you track absences and ensure compliance with the Family and Medical Leave Act.