Most HR and benefits professionals would likely agree that when it comes to managing FMLA it’s easier said than done. It just isn’t as straight forward as it was intended to be. There seem to be obstacles every step of the way - from establishing reduced work schedules and initial physician certifications and getting second opinions to recordkeeping, deciding whether to use the calendar year method or rolling twelve-month method for calculating FMLA leave and all the steps between. In addition, there are also the ever-present concerns over not running afoul of related military caregiver and state requirements along with how to define a “serious” health condition. All together the FMLA represents a significant challenge for HR and benefits professionals, and one that, if not done correctly, invites employee abuse and potential legal liability for all employers. Please join Melissa Fleischer, attorney at law, as she provides a comprehensive analysis of the requirements set forth in the FMLA relating to leave of absences and offers a step-by-step plan of action when employees are out on a leave of absence that is in compliance with legal requirements. In addition, Ms. Fleischer will also discuss best practices for administering the FMLA in your workplace.
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
Just a sampling of what this webinar will cover:
- Step-by-step checklist for how to ensure FMLA compliance, from when employee first takes leave until the end of the leave
- Review of HR’s responsibilities for ensuring that the employee is eligible and is taking leave for an FMLA-qualifying reason
- Understand the legal definition of a serious health condition and how to apply this definition when approving FMLA leave
- Learn the definitions of parent, spouse and child
- Tips on counting the 12-month period
- Medical certifications and recertifications: What you can and cannot do
- Intermittent and reduced schedule leave
- Reinstatement to the same or an equivalent job
- Tips for drafting a legally compliant FMLA policy
YOUR CONFERENCE LEADER
Your conference leader for “FMLA Compliance Review: Step-by-Step Guidance to Reduce Employee Abuse & Minimize Potential Employer Liability” is Melissa Fleischer, attorney at law. Ms. Fleischer is a management-side employment attorney with 20 years of experience representing clients in employment law discrimination litigation as well as providing preventive counseling and training on workplace issues. HR Learning Center, LLC offers training seminars, webinars, and consulting on a wide range of workplace and human resources issues. She is also a frequent speaker on employment law topics including: workplace investigations, anti-harassment training, FMLA and ADA training, workplace violence prevention, etc. Ms. Fleischer earned her J.D. degree from the George Washington University School of Law.
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