Lawson Software has released a new human resources software solution, called Absence Management for Government and Education, intended to reduce the time and cost associated with managing complex employee time and leave plans. By automating and streamlining formerly manual administrative processes, the application enables government and education HR staff to focus on other activities, such as hiring and strategic planning, Lawson says. “Managing increasingly complex leave policies for 29,000 employees holding 30,000 positions required flexibility and automation,” said Scott Hamilton, human-resource information services analyst for the University of Wisconsin Systems, a beta site and lead adopter of the software. “Lawson has allowed us to streamline management of diverse employee leave plans while ensuring compliance with evolving leave laws and union policies.” Besides reducing the administrative burden associated with employee time and leave programs, Lawson Absence Management for Government and Education can help HR staff ensure compliance with the Family Medical Leave Act and other laws governing intermittent and continuous leaves of absence, Lawson says. The program enables school HR staff to create multiple plan types for diverse employee groups, facilitate the automation of complex union environments, and accurately calculate and track leave of absence eligibility and time balances by position. This is critical, the company says, because government and education employees frequently hold multiple positions funded by different budgets over fractional work years and full-time equivalencies. The software also reportedly automates plan enrollments, updates, and terminations based on changes in employee status and other user-defined criteria; manages carryover balances and limits to prevent overuse of leave time; and includes strategic trend analysis reports.