New Website Decodes Family and Medical Leave for Employers

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We created FMLA101 so employers know what’s really involved with FMLA and the specific steps they need to take.

HRdirect, a top source for HR products, recently launched FMLA 101, a website that guides businesses through the often tedious steps of administration under the Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

Employers with critical questions about FMLA compliance can find immediate help at The site offers answers, insight, and helpful tools like the Ask the FMLA Experts blog.

Under the FMLA, the law grants employees an unpaid leave of absence for health or family issues. Unfortunately, the law can be confusing for employers. They may not understand the procedures, which forms are required, or the specific rules. is designed to make the process easier — for large and small businesses alike.

The site’s centerpiece is the free FMLA Action Plan. By walking a user through simple questions, it creates a step-by-step plan for the company to properly comply with FMLA.

Passed in 1993, the FMLA requires employers to provide employees unpaid leave for qualified reasons. It guarantees employees won’t lose their job when taking time off to deal with illness, military duty, pregnancy, or adoption. Since the law passed, over 50 million Americans have taken FMLA-covered leave.

“Some businesses hear ‘FMLA’ and worry they’ll have to pay a worker to stay home for six months with an illness,” says Ashley Kaplan, HRdirect’s compliance attorney. “We created FMLA 101 so employers know what’s really involved with FMLA and the specific steps they need to take.”

While following the law does require effort from employers, failing to comply completely with the FMLA can be expensive. The average cost for defending an FMLA lawsuit is $78,000 — win or lose.

About HRdirect
HRdirect develops and markets human resources products. Based in Sunrise, Florida, it specializes in helping companies manage human resource functions, motivate employees, and maintain labor law compliance. It markets directly to businesses throughout the United States via catalog and website. For more information, please visit

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