Editor’s note: This press release regarding an FMLA leave app may be of interest to HR professionals – or anyone hoping to take some of the guesswork out of FMLA leave administration.
New Version Rolled Out During National SHRM Conference
Atlanta and Orlando (June 23, 2014) – Fisher & Phillips LLP announced today that it has released Version 2 of its popular FMLA Leave Calculator App. The law firm has also added a web browser version of the app along with the iOS and Android versions. The earlier version of the app released last June has been downloaded more than 1,600 times and it won a First Place Award from the Southeastern Chapter of the Legal Marketing Association for Social/Interactive Media.
The app allows employers to calculate certain FMLA leaves of absence. The FMLA Leave Calculator app will allow human resource professionals and other managers to calculate basic leave requests and determine how much FMLA leave an employee has available. The beta version of the iPhone and Android app was introduced during the SHRM Annual Conference and Exposition in Chicago last year. Version 2 is being released during the SHRM Conference in Orlando.
Fisher & Phillips invited several early adopters of the first app to be beta testers for the second version. Their input was very valuable in helping to improve the intuitive app.
Fisher & Phillips Chairman and Managing Partner Roger Quillen said: “When we set out to develop our first app, we said we wanted to create a tool that employers and HR professionals can use at work. This free tool has proven to be very popular as the 1,600-plus downloads illustrate. It was exciting to have our early adopters provide direct feedback as we developed the next version. We hope to hear from SHRM members and other professionals after using Version 2 of the FMLA app for their leave calculations.”
App Offers Options
The app offers a user-friendly interface and allows the user to choose among the four FMLA measuring periods: Rolling Backward, Forward from the day of Leave, Calendar Year and Fixed 12-Month Leave Year. It also permits the user to calculate leave for those who work less than 40 hours or work different days than the normal Monday to Friday. It also takes into account if there is a plant shut down during the leave period.
The app reports:
- Number of days of FMLA leave available
- When the employee should return to work based on the new leave request
- How much leave the employee has remaining after the current leave request is completed; if leave has been exhausted at the time of this request, it will indicate such
The HR professional or other manager using the app can then email the information directly to the employee who requested the leave. Of course, further documentation to the employee should be provided as required by the FMLA.
How to get the app
The Fisher & Phillips FMLA Leave app can be downloaded at the Apple App Store or Google Play. On the Apple App Store or Google Play search for “Fisher & Phillips.” You can also visit www.laborlawyers.com/FMLALeaveApp to get the app, including the Web version.
Fisher & Phillips attorneys and marketing professionals worked with developers at Saturno Design to create the new app.
About Fisher & Phillips LLP (www.laborlawyers.com)
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