The Shelby Report: Top 2 HR Compliance Questions From Independent Grocers

Last Updated on April 8, 2019

HR & Benefits News is a monthly column by Chris Cooley, co-founder of MyHRConcierge and SMB Benefits Advisors.

Independent grocers are all too familiar with the challenges they face on a daily basis regarding the rapidly evolving supermarket industry, including competition from conventional grocery giants, changing technology, and managing cash flows amidst food deflation and increased labor costs. In addition to the daily duties of managing their business, they also have to stay up to date with federal and state laws, which can be overwhelming.

HR questions and issues that drain vital resources

As we close out another year, I thought we would answer two of the most frequent questions from independent grocers. These questions primarily relate to whether they have to comply with certain laws. The most common of these are:

1. The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

FMLA is a federal law that provides employees unpaid leave, job protection and health insurance protection, provided they meet the qualifying reasons for these benefits. Reasons for leave include birth of child; adoption or foster care; medical care for self, spouse, child or parent; qualifying exigency because of covered active duty or impending call to active duty; and care for injured/ill service member or veterans within five years of leaving service.