New FMLA Employer Guide Issued: Time to Check Your Policies and Practices

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CD Only                 $349.00 includes recorded presentation, slides, and Q&A
Duration: 90 minutes including question and answer session.
Presenter(s): Melissa Fleischer, attorney at law and president, HR Learning Center, LLC
Price: $349.00, CD includes full audio presentation, question and answer session and presentation slides. CD subject to a $5.95 handling charge.
CE Credits: This program has been approved for 1.5 general recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR, and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute.
Who Should Attend? HR, attorneys, department heads, staff, school superintendents
Best For: K-12, Higher Education

When it comes to FMLA compliance, any HR or benefits professional will say it is easier said than done. It just isn’t as straight forward as it was intended to be. There are so many potential obstacles that the Department of Labor recently published a new reference guide intended to help clarify many of the FMLA issues employers are required to deal with on a daily basis. Whether establishing reduced work schedules, obtaining initial physician certifications and getting second opinions, recordkeeping requirements, or deciding whether to use the calendar year method or rolling twelve-month method for calculating FMLA leave, and all the steps between, there are just so many issues to consider. In addition, there are also concerns relating to 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 compliance challenge for employers which can best be met by conducting a requirement-by-requirement review of the FMLA to make sure your employer is in compliance with all of the requirements.

Please join Melissa Fleischer as she covers the key FMLA issues addressed in the new employer guide, as well as how to handle common issues faced by employers that the guide may not cover sufficiently.


This webinar will cover:

  • A complete review of the new DOL The Employer's Guide to the Family and Medical Leave Act
  • Preparing a step-by-step checklist to ensure FMLA compliance, from when employee first takes leave until the end of the leave
  • HR’s responsibilities for ensuring that the employee is eligible and taking leave for an FMLA-qualifying reason
  • How and when employees are required to give a notice, for both foreseeable and unforeseeable leaves of absence
  • Detailed qualifying circumstances for leave eligibility
  • Examples of “serious health conditions” that entitle employees to leave
  • Circumstances that require the employer to get certification, and procedures on obtaining the certification
  • Qualifications for military leave, and qualifying exigencies while on active duty
  • Interactions with other related laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, COBRA, USERRA, and HIPAA
  • Legal definition of a serious health condition and how to apply this definition when approving FMLA leave
  • 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 for “New FMLA Employer Guide Issued: Time to Check Your Policies and Practices” is Melissa Fleischer, attorney at law. Ms. Fleischer is the president of HR Learning Center LLC. Ms. Fleischer is a management-side employment attorney with over 20 years’ experience representing clients in employment 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 variety of workplace and human resources issues. She is also a frequent speaker on a wide range of 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. QUALITY COMMITMENT

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