Small employers may be hurting their productivity by offering more generous family-and-medical leave benefits than legally required.
That's the message of a new National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) study, which says as many as 88 percent of small organizations wrongly believe they're legally obligated to offer benefits under theAct ( ) or its state equivalents.
While such "overcomplying" can be used as a competitive advantage in recruiting and retaining, it takes a toll on daily operations. The study says covering for employees onusually falls to co-workers (71 percent of the time). But often the owner or owner's family covers (62 percent) or the work is simply postponed (21 percent).
Remember: The FMLA applies to organizations that have 50 or more employees who work within a 75-mile radius of the "work site." Find the NFIB study at www.nfib.com/object/sbPolls.