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“The EA Hotline is a fantastic resource because in the world of HR, laws are ever changing. It is a comfort to know that the EA is just a quick phone call away! When those sticky HR issues occur, it is nice to know you have reliable assistance with the EA professionals. Second opinions and advice are always a positive thing! 
Another perk of the hotline is their response time. We all know HR issues pop up without notice, and it is great to have a resource where you are confident their responses will be prompt and reliable. I could not thank the EA enough. They have helped me, as a young HR professional, in so many ways.”
– Jessica Sheline, JK-Co.


As a member of The Employers’ Association, you have ready access to our staff of professionals. We routinely handle calls, requests, and problems on all matters dealing with employer/employee relations. We will promptly answer your question. Where else can your managers call to receive reliable assistance without the pressure of a “time meter?”

The EA Limited Legal Hotline is intended to allow for a quick, free consultation with an experienced employment lawyer about a legal issue. It is not intended to be relied on as in-depth legal analysis, and no attorney-client relationship is established through Legal Hotline consultations.

Day to Day Issues:
– Interviewing Questions
– Absenteeism & Tardiness
– Recordkeeping
– Employee Discipline
– Team Building
– How to Develop a Salary Plan
– Incentives/Recognition
Samples Commonly Requested:
– Job Descriptions
– HR Policies
– Performance Appraisals
– Safety Programs
– General HR Forms
– Government/Regulatory Forms
– Termination Checklist
Regulatory Issues:
– Wage & Hour

Limited Legal Hotline

Not sure if your question needs an attorney’s opinion? Try our Limited Legal Hotline and talk with a local labor attorney for FREE!

Here’s How the Limited Legal Hotline Works:

  1. Contact the EA office first, via phone or e-mail.
  2. If your question or issue cannot be answered by the EA’s resources or is of a more legal nature and would best be answered by an attorney, we will ask you if you would like your question sent on to an attorney. If you would like to use your limited legal hotline, you will be contacted by a local labor attorney who will assist you with your questions.
  3. The attorney will provide limited legal service to you at no cost. There is a 3-question, or 2-hour limit to this service.
  4. If your inquiry requires additional time or legal resources, you will be so advised.

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Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: How can companies tell whether they are a covered employer under FMLA?

 A: The FMLA only applies to employers that meet certain criteria. A covered employer is a:

  • Private-sector employer, with 50 or more employees in 20 or more workweeks in the current or preceding calendar year, including a joint employer or successor in interest to a covered employer;
  • Public agency, including a local, state, or Federal government agency, regardless of the number of employees it employs; or
  • Public or private elementary or secondary school, regardless of the number of employees it employs

Click HERE to check out The Employer’s Guide to FMLA provided by the United States Department of Labor for further information!

Q: Can an employee use vacation time while on leave with FMLA?

A:  It depends! What does your handbook policy say? If your handbook states anything about running vacation and FML concurrently being restricted, then you must follow the handbook. If it is silent on the issue, it is the company’s decision to how they want to handle the situation.

Had the situation been raised before and what did you do? It is best practice to be handling the situation consistently throughout the company.

It is generally acceptable to allow your employees to use their vacation time during the unpaid FML.

About The Employers' Association

When you need help answering the tough questions or tackling time-consuming projects, The Employers’ Association (EA) has you covered. Our experts in Human Resource Solutions, Professional Training and Wellness Consulting can meet your needs today. The EA was formed more than 60 years ago, by local companies for local companies, to address common workplace needs. We’re still doing it today. From two-person companies to corporations with thousands of employees, our member organizations come in all different sizes and represent a broad spectrum of industries including manufacturing, engineering, agriculture, automotive, community service agencies, municipal and county governments, educational institutions, and more. More than 700 organizations are members of the EA. We’re humbled to say that many of them have been with us for more than 20 years.