Just one in ten managers understand the extent of the Federal Family and Medical Leave Act – Majesco study claims

Worryingly, only 11% of manager understand the extent of the Federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), potentially leaving businesses open for law violations.

Furthermore, only 17% of managers understood the extent of state Paid Family Leave (PFL) in New York, according to a new report from Majesco.

The InsurTech company completed its second annual front-line managers’ survey, which aims to see how well they understand FMLA and PFL.

The report deems managers knowledgeable on the FMLA if they can answer three questions correctly. Of the 435 managers surveyed, only 11% could do so, highlighting a significant knowledge gap.

For PFL, managers were asked two questions, but only 17% were able to correctly identify the benefits  under the law.

Not all of the surveyed managers are responsible for leave administration in their company, but around 50% said they were responsible for educating their employees on these leave benefits and notifying them of their eligibility.

The report said, “Considering that 30% of managers in the study thought that FMLA provided insurance coverage to pay medical bills while on leave and 32% indicated FMLA provided replacement of lost salary/wage, it is easy to be concerned about having these managers responsible for educating employees on these leave options and benefits.

“Adding to the complexity and risk for the company is that having one of your managers treat their direct reports differently than another relating to the FMLA is also an FMLA violation. If one manager thinks FMLA can be taken for a family vacation, and another doesn’t, you have a significant compliance issue.”

Read the full report here.

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