Top Absence Management Software — August 2020

Everything you need to know about absence management software so you can better manage employee leave, reduce administrative burnout, and stay compliant

In HR, “absence management” involves a lot more than PTO and attendance tracking. Of course, that’s one piece of it, but there’s also sick leave, extended leaves, and a host of state, federal, and union regulations to comply with. For HR managers, there is a lot of paperwork to manage. For people managers, there is a lot of manual work involved in approving (or denying) a time-off request. And for employees, there’s no streamlined process to request time-off. That is, unless you use absence management software, which helps companies streamline employee leave processes and remain compliant.

When you use absence management software, you can give employees the ability to request time-off, allow managers to track coverage and more easily approve requests, keep track of your compliance, and save time and be more productive. In this guide, we’ve outlined the top leave management providers, why use them, what you can expect from them, how much they cost and how to calculate ROI, and more.

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Workforce Software is a workforce management suite that encompasses an absence management tool that employees can access on the go. Their platform also includes scheduling, labor forecasting, time and attendance, and much. more!

ClearCompany's absence management is part of their broader HRIS which covers everything from applicant tracking to payroll. HR admins can set paid time off policies, and employees can request time off through their solution.

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Freshteam is another tool that has a much broader suite of HR and recruiting tools beyond just leave management. Their product of course can allow employees to view the PTO policies for their organization, and then request time off. Freshworks also has modules for recruiting, core HR, onboarding, and much more.

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BambooHR boasts over 16,000 customers, which translates into roughly 1.5 million employees active on their system.  This software spans across the employee lifecycle as they also have recruiting and performance management in addition to the core HRMS functionality.  Check out their app marketplace to see some of the HR/recruiting vendors that integrate with their system.

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GoCo helps companies with time off tracking by allowing HR to create flexible PTO programs, and employees to request vacation time, maternity/paternity leave, sick time, and a host of other types of absences. They have a mobile app that lets employees do this conveniently, as well as a desktop based dashboard for human resource teams to manage employee absences.

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Next Steps for Absence Management

There are a number of state and federal regulations to comply with when it comes to employee leave. There’s the usual — FMLA, Short Term Disability, union agreements as well as policies from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Americans with Disabilities Act. Now, there’s the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which provides paid sick leave for those unable to work due to COVID-19, either because they are sick or need to take care of a family member who is sick. 

So, after considering standard features that help streamline the administrative side of leave management, you’re going to want to see which solution is "all-in-one" when it comes to  regulations. That way, you’ll know you are setting company leave policies that comply with the latest laws.

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