2014 FMLA Master Class: Overcoming Compliance and Employee Leave Challenges

Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Sheraton Springfield, Springfield
Attorneys Timothy F. Murphy and John S. Gannon will be presenting


 Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Sheraton Commander Hotel, Cambridge
Attorney Susan G. Fentin will be presenting

The Family and Medical Leave Act has been a part of the workplace for almost 20 years, so it’s gotten easier for HR to administer, right?  Not so.  Confusing regulations, coupled with numerous recent changes at both the legislative and regulatory levels and conflicting court decisions, ensure that FMLA continues to be one of the biggest compliance headaches for employers.

Now there’s help for the FMLA frustrated:  2014 FMLA Master Class for Employers. Invest just one day to become even more proficient in FMLA administration and handle top management’s and your employees’ questions with even greater confidence.  You’ll get the very latest compliance tactics and you’ll enhance your advanced practitioner skill set when you attend this satisfaction-guaranteed event.  Master Classes also qualify for continuing education credits.

You’ll learn:

  • The latest expansion, so you don’t risk noncompliance
  • What recent FMLA court decisions really mean, so you can adjust your policies accordingly
  • Why FMLA record-keeping continues to trip up even the savviest human resource managers, and effective solutions to avoid similar mistakes
  • How to tame the intermittent leave and reduced schedule beasts, and put a stop to abuse and fraud
  • How FMLA, ADA, and your state’s leave and workers’ comp laws overlap, so you don’t violate any statute
  • What to expect when an employee’s expecting, so you can balance your business needs with her personal requirements, all within the spirit and letter of the law
  • How to judge a “serious health condition” the way a real judge would, and eliminate disputes about what does and doesn’t constitute it

The conference speakers will also take you out of classroom mode, and help you address real-life situations that are relevant to today’s compliance challenges, including these sample scenarios:

Scenario 1:  You’ve been asked to terminate an employee for repeated violations of your organization’s absence policy.  Just when you are about to do so, she requests FMLA leave.  What’s the safest course of action, in light of a recent decision from an appeals court facing just such a question?

Scenario 2:  An employee comes to you requesting FMLA leave to take care of a child born to his teen daughter.  Under FMLA, who is considered a parent?  The legal term is “loco parentis,” and it’s a hot issue right now both locally and nationally.

Scenario 3:  An employee has an autistic son who repeatedly runs away from school in the middle of the day.  She leaves work to search for him.  Is this time eligible for FMLA intermittent leave protection?

Scenario 4:  Your leave policy is much more generous than what’s required under FMLA, offering 6 months of leave for medical conditions.  FMLA only requires 12 weeks.  So why could terminating an employee whose leave demands exceed your benefit incur the scrutiny, even the legal challenge, of the EEOC?

Register now for this interactive event risk-free.

The standard fee is $397, but because of Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C.’s affiliation with BLR, and your valued association with our firm, we’ve made special arrangements to discount your fee to $317.60. 

For more details about this class, please e-mail custserv@blr.com, call (800) 274-6774, or visit http://store.hrhero.com/ma-fmla and mention code M899.

CREDIT INFORMATION:  This program has been approved for up to 6.25 recertification credit hours through the HR Certification Institute.  For more information about certification or recertification, please visit the HR Certification Institute website at www.hrci.org.