Guardian Life Insurance Company of America is offering help to small and medium-sized employers in complying with laws governing leaves of absence.

Guardian, New York, says its new program can help business owners and benefit managers comply with the Family and Medical Leave Act and other legal requirements, such as state-required jury duty and military leave. Companies can also include employer-authorized leaves in the program, such as bereavements, vacation, paid time off days and medical leaves.

The FMLA requires employers to give employees time off from work due to personal illness or to care for their children or ailing family members.

Guardian says its program permits employees to submit leave requests online or by telephone and have their request processed within 1 day. Employers and employees review can also review leave requests online.

The plan permits employers to manage notifications of rights along with required forms, approval or denial notices and other leave-related communications as well as medical certifications and referrals.

Its other features include eligibility determinations and absence tracking. It also permits predictive reporting, based on absence patterns and trends, to help employers plan for staffing needs, Guardian says.

The program offers discounted group rates for employers with at least 50 workers and having at least 1 line of coverage from Guardian for short-term or long-term disability insurance or life insurance.

Guardian’s absence management services are provided by Integrated Behavioral Health Inc., Laguna Niguel, Cal., and its contractors.