Employment Law Firm to Present FMLA Certifications Webinar Aug. 20

Attorney John S. Gannon, of Springfield-based Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C., to discuss FMLA eligibility and correct use of medical certifications

Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C., the leading labor and employment law firm serving employers in the greater Springfield area, today announced Attorney John S. Gannon will present a webinar titled “FMLA Certifications: Employer Do’s and Don’ts to Avoid Litigation and Manage Leaves” in conjunction with BLR®. The webinar will take place Thursday, Aug. 20 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. EST.

“The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides eligible employees with the right to take leave and keep their jobs on a reduced schedule, with intermittent absences, for an extended period of time,” said Gannon. “This can sometimes present major headaches for employers. It’s a conflict that has bedeviled human resources since the law went into effect more than 20 years ago.”

Correct use of medical certifications is one of the best ways for human resources professionals to keep on top of employee leave and stop FMLA abuse. Knowing how to systematically use medical certifications can determine who should be approved for leave, when a fake claim has been made and can help prevent costly lawsuits.

Attendees will learn:

  • What has changed on the Department of Labor’s medical certification forms, which were updated in May 2015
  • What kinds of health conditions are covered under FMLA
  • How to interpret WH-380F (Certification of Health Care Provider for Family
  • Member’s Serious Health Condition) in light of recent changes to the definition of “spouse”
  • How to structure use of medical certifications, obtain additional information and verify when the initial certification is vague or incomplete
  • What employers can ask on a certification form
  • When employers should ask for a second or third opinion
  • Employee rights in the certification process
  • What to do if the employee provides an insufficient certification – or none at all
  • How to handle intermittent leave
  • What to do with an employee with a chronic case of Monday-Friday absence
  • Tips, techniques and recommendations to prevent FMLA leave abuse in the workplace

The webinar, which has a standard fee of $219, will be offered free of charge for clients of Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C., and is approved for up to 1.5 recertification credit hours through the HR Certification Institute. For more information about the webinar, email custserv@blr.com or call (800) 274-6774.
John S. Gannon joined Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C.’s Springfield office in 2011. He defends employers against discrimination, retaliation, harassment, wrongful termination, and related claims. In addition, he frequently assists employers in litigation avoidance strategies. John also conducts comprehensive workforce wage and hour audits and reviews workplace policies for compliance with state and federal employment laws, including the Family and Medical Leave Act.
Prior to law school, Gannon had a career in advertising and marketing. He is a regular contributor to business publications and the Massachusetts Employment Law Letter, and a frequent speaker on employment-related legal topics.