New York — With ever-changing federal and state laws, conforming to numerous requirements related to employee leaves of absence can be difficult for small and midsize business owners. The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America (Guardian), a New York provider of employee and voluntary benefits for small and midsized companies, announced a new absence management program that can help business owners and benefit managers comply with the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

“Managing employee leaves of absence can be an overwhelming and tedious task for small and midsize business owners who typically don’t have large human resource departments,” says Barry Petruzzi, second VP, Guardian Group Life and Disability. “It costs an average of $78,000 to defend an FMLA lawsuit, regardless of the outcome, according to the Department of Labor. Guardian’s Absence Management Program is just one way that we give small and midsize business owners access to services that are normally reserved for their larger counterparts. We provide tools, benefits, choices, flexibility and services to level the business playing field and make it easier for small and midsize business owners to succeed in a competitive marketplace.”

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