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2009 is ‘year of employee benefits’; more in the pipeline for 2010

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Employee benefits have been in the national spotlight right from the start of 2009. From the new FMLA and ADA rules that took effect in January to today’s white-hot health care debate, employers are dealing with important changes and “could-be” changes. Let's look back at the year in benefits and ahead to what could be coming later this year.

Among the benefits changes already in place this year:

New FMLA regulations. On Jan. 16, new FMLA regulations took effect that allow employees to take up to 26 weeks of FMLA leave to care for a family member injured during active-duty military service. Employees can also use 12 weeks of FMLA leave when a family member is called to active service.

Those regulations also tinkered with the definition of a “serious” FMLA illness, revised employer notice obligations and allowed employers to directly contact employees’ doctors with FMLA questions. Read more about the regulation cha...(register to read more)

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