Business Related Social Media Use on the Rise

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Despite a strong focus over the years on the types of policies and restrictions being placed on employee’s social media use in the workplace, an equally important story regarding the growing use of social media among employer’s for business related purposes  is also emerging.

This change can be seen through a simple comparison of the results of ERC’s Social Media in the Workplace surveys over time. First conducted in 2010, employers indicated that the primary obstacle preventing their organization from actively engaging in social media use was “a lack of knowledge or expertise in using [social media] tools”, Facebook was ranked fourth among the most common social networking sites used by employers for a small list of business related purposes, and responsibilities related to social media fell to HR and Recruitment type positions.
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Survey Shows Trends in FMLA Usage

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The ERC/CareWorks FMLA Practices Survey shows trends in FMLA usage. The majority of employers (71%) cite that between 1 and 10% of employees took FMLA in the last 12 months. Ninety percent of organizations reported that 20% or fewer employees took FMLA in the last 12 months.

The most common reasons in which employees take FMLA are due to pregnancy/maternity leave or an acute/chronic serious health condition. Fewer employees take FMLA to care for a family member or deal with a catastrophic event.

The survey also indicates that few FMLA claims are typically denied by employers. Sixty-nine percent of employers report that they did not deny any claims in the last 12 months and only 26% say they denied fewer than 10% of claims.

To download the full results of the survey, please click here and for a short summary of the results, please click here. Or, to learn more about CareWorks and the services they can provide for ERC members as a Preferred Partner, please click here.