And when it’s tough going for workers, the same goes for businesses. More than three-quarters (78%) of employers expected school-schedule disruptions to create challenges for the whole organization.
Increase in leave requests
Need to shift workload to other employees due to leave
Employee mental health
Need to allow continued working from home
Maintaining employee engagement / morale
According to Unum’s Ellen McCann, “Employers are right to be concerned about a coming wave of leave requests — as well as an additional layer of complexity and compliance risk."
Employers are right to be concerned about a coming wave of leave requests
— as well as an additional layer of complexity and compliance risk.
Assistant Vice President, Legal Counsel,
Unum's Employment Law Group
Enacted in April 2020, the Families First Coronavirus Relief Act (FFCRA) required employers with fewer than 500 employees to provide some paid leave and/or sick time to employees whose children don’t have the option to attend in-person classes. A federal district court ruling in New York in August threw uncertainty to these requirements, and on September 11, 2020, the Department of Labor released updated guidance. In the meantime, many cities and states have implemented their own requirements for providing emergency leave.
More and more companies are turning to outsourced leave management to keep leave from eating up their HR resources. Companies anticipating a wave of autumn leave requests might start looking to outsource leave management sooner than they might have been planning.
Yet despite these accommodations, employers can expect to see spiking mental health issues as the pandemic continues to disrupt lives well into the fall. Learn how employers are planning for the coming crisis.
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|Flexible work schedules to allow for homeschooling or schoolwork
|Full-time work-from-home arrangement
|Reduced work hours