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2018 FMLA Master Class: Alabama Advanced Skills for Employee Leave Management

May 03, 2018 - 07:30 AM - 04:30 PM
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2018 FMLA Master Class: Alabama
Advanced Skills for Employee Leave Management

On-Site Seminar:
Birmingham (Hoover), Alabama | Thursday, May 3, 2018
Morning Focus: Master FMLA Essentials to Make Sure Your Knowledge Foundation is Up to Date 
Afternoon Focus: FMLA Compliance Scenarios and Case Studies for Real-World Application

Lunch is included with your registration!

Think employee leave management is a one-time policy issue? Be careful! New and confusing regulations, conflicting court decisions, and increasing employee abuse of FMLA protections means family and medical leave will remain one of HR’s biggest management headaches.

To help you master your obligations and avoid costly penalties, the publisher of Alabama Employment Law Letter has crafted a cost-effective and engaging solution: 2018 FMLA Master Class: Alabama - Advanced Skills for Employee Leave Management. This intensive day-long workshop provides the comprehensive knowledge you need to master real-life issues. An experienced Alabama attorney will provide substantive instruction on FMLA compliance in light of new and existing regulations, court rulings, and application of this far-reaching law. You’ll engage with your instructor and your peers, solving challenges you face day in and day out concerning intermittent leave, return to work, employee performance, and much more.

This event teaches employee leave management essentials while instilling the confidence you need to make the right coverage calls, control abuse and fraud, answer the toughest questions from employees and your executive colleagues, and avoid the expensive missteps that have devastated other employers.

You’ll enhance your advanced-practitioner skill set when you attend this satisfaction-guaranteed event and learn:

How to judge a serious health condition the way judges do, and eliminate disputes about what does and doesn’t constitute it 
The latest FMLA revisions, so you don’t risk noncompliance 
What recent FMLA court decisions really mean, so you can adjust your policies accordingly 
Where FMLA recordkeeping trips up even the savviest human resource managers, and some 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 workers’ comp laws overlap, so you can avoid violations 
And more!

"When an employer routinely disregards the FMLA rights of its workers, whole families can be harmed. We will continue to use all enforcement tools at our disposal to uphold FMLA protections for workers and make sure that all employers operate in compliance with the law."

– Wayne Kotowski, Wage & Hour Division, U.S. Department of Justice

Master Class Agenda
7:30 a.m.–8:30 a.m.

Part I—Mastering FMLA Fundamentals

FMLA Eligibility: Granting Leave When It’s Due and Getting It Right 
8:30 a.m.–9:00 a.m.
Could you be missing critical first steps in managing FMLA leave—determining employee eligibility? A defined, consistent process helps you not only deny leave when employees don’t qualify, you’ll grant leave for a period that is reasonable and necessary when they do. In this opening session, gain new insights on eligibility determinations and recent trends and developments affecting leave. You’ll be armed to adjust policies and practices in 2018 to ensure compliance with the changing regulatory, legal, and practical landscape. You’ll learn:

How to determine FMLA eligibility quickly and easily
How the FMLA rules and related court decisions define who qualifies as a covered family member
How to coordinate leave for workers caring for adult children
Rules related to determining in loco parentis status
How to coordinate state and federal leave when definitions of “covered family member” differ

Managing Serious Health Conditions and Medical Certifications 
9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m.
At the heart of many FMLA leave requests is the serious health condition. The regulations do offer some guidance and allow you to require medical certification, yet there are a multitude of reasons for needing time off. Assessing those reasons requires keen judgment, and this session will show you how to make the right call. You’ll learn about:

Illnesses and injuries that may be serious health conditions -- even though the regulations say they generally aren’t
How many health conditions it takes to be “serious”
What to do if a medical certification is incomplete or unclear
Your options if an employee or doctor doesn’t cooperate with obtaining the required certifications
When you may require employees to provide recertification of a serious health condition
The “do’s and don’ts” of return-to-work certifications

10:00 a.m.–10:15 a.m.

Meeting FMLA Deadlines: Notification, Curbing Abuse, and Preventing Claims 
10:15 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
FMLA is ruled by deadlines for giving and receiving information, for measuring how much leave has been taken, and for determining how much leave employees have remaining in a given year. A good grasp of timing rules—and learning how to monitor other key areas of FMLA usage—can help you prevent abuse of FMLA entitlements and fend off litigation. This session covers:

How to give the four kinds of FMLA notices—on time and on point
What to do if an employee refuses FMLA designation
Selecting the best type of FMLA leave year for your organization
Counting holidays that fall during leave
Rules regarding “making up” FMLA leave
Handling suspected FMLA abuse without running afoul of the law
How to manage employee leave without risking claims of interference
How to legally discharge employees who are on or just returned from FMLA leave

Mastering Tough FMLA Issues 
11:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
It’s one thing to understand FMLA rules, but another thing entirely to apply them in the real world. For example, intermittent leave seems pretty straightforward, but what about temporary light-duty positions and fluctuating work schedules? Reinstatement after leave? How do you handle an investigation by DOL? This session will show you:

How to manage intermittent and reduced schedule leave
How to handle leave duration
How to calculate leave for fluctuating work schedules
Rules on substitution of various types of paid leave for FMLA leave
When employees have job reinstatement rights and when they do not
Tips on how to effectively manage an FMLA investigation by the DOL

Networking Power Lunch (included with your registration) 
12:15 p.m.–1:15 p.m.

All Together Now: Coordinating FMLA with ADA, Workers’ Comp, and State Family Leave Laws 
1:15 p.m.–2:30 p.m.
FMLA seems pretty comprehensive, but it’s not the only law that applies when employees need time off for their own serious health condition, to care for a family member, or for other reasons. You need to know when other laws create different obligations—and how their requirements work in tandem with FMLA. In this session we’ll cover:

How FMLA and ADA interact
Why FMLA serious health conditions are more likely to qualify as disabilities under the ADAAA
When you should offer leave as a reasonable accommodation under the ADA, including a discussion of ADA leave cases and agency guidance
How to offer accommodations other than leave without violating FMLA
When you can require employees to take FMLA leave concurrently with workers’ comp leave
Recent developments in state leave laws, including paid sick leave, family leave, pregnancy accommodation, and other trends

2:30 p.m.– 2:45 p.m.

Part II—Intensive Workshop Addressing the Real-Life Application of FMLA Rules, DOL Regulations, and Court Rulings

Applying Your Knowledge
2:45 p.m.–4:00 p.m. 
In this highly interactive portion of the FMLA Master Class, your faculty of labor and employment attorneys will walk you through a series of scenarios illustrating real-life FMLA issues that stump even the most seasoned of HR practitioners. You’ll discuss case-studies with the lawyers and fellow attendees to determine the correct course of action, based on the facts and FMLA compliance principles.

Recent court rulings, long-standing precedent, DOL interpretations, opinion letters, and regulations—as well as the trainers’ own experiences in advising clients—are interwoven into this engaging afternoon workshop to provide actionable guidance on tricky FMLA challenges facing HR and employers in 2018. We’ll dive deep into:

1. Medical certifications and what to do when:

Certification submitted by employee is not sufficient
Employee does not return the certification
Employee refuses to update the certification if need for leave changes
Employee does not submit fitness-for-duty certification at end of leave

2. Intermittent leave

Certification of need for intermittent leave
Specific information on when leave is needed, expected frequency and duration
What to do if an employee uses more leave than expected
Abuse of intermittent leave (Mondays and Fridays, before and after holidays)

3. Reduced schedule leave

Certification and specific information on reduced hours, expected duration
Updating certification
Tracking leave time

4. FMLA during holidays and shutdowns

How to count FMLA leave during holidays
Administering FMLA leave during extended plant or office shutdowns
Determining whether an employee on FMLA leave during holidays is entitled to holiday pay

5. Addressing performance issues that arise prior to the request for leave

What to do when an employee requests FMLA leave in the midst of the disciplinary process or just before discipline or termination steps are taken
Addressing performance issues that arise during intermittent or reduced schedule leave
Addressing performance issues discovered while an employee is on leave
Reductions in force while employee is on FMLA leave

6. Return to work—what to do if an employee is:

Not able to return to work at end of leave (ADA considerations)
Cleared to return to work with restrictions
Temporarily unable to perform essential functions
Unable to perform essential functions in the long-term

Final Questions and Closing 
4:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.
Have lingering questions about points raised during this intensive FMLA workshop or want to revisit a fundamental concept or two from earlier in the day? Take advantage of this opportunity to get clarification from the attorneys before you wrap up for the day.


Elizabeth Rehm

Elizabeth Darby Rehm 
Attorney with The Kullman Firm

A native of Mobile, Elizabeth Rehm has practiced law since 1994, representing management in all areas of labor and employment law, including representation of private and public employers in lawsuits involving labor and employment claims advanced under federal and state laws. She has represented employers in all aspects of management-union relations, including: negotiations, union representation and decertification election campaigns; arbitration of grievances; unfair labor practice claims; and preparation of strike contingency plans. She also has represented employers in administrative proceedings before state and federal agencies, including the EEOC, the NLRB, and the DOL Wage-Hour Administration. She drafts employment policies and procedures, employment applications, background check disclosure and consent agreements, employee handbooks, and employment contracts (e.g., non-compete agreements and trade secret agreements). In addition, she counsels and trains employers in all aspects of labor and employment law to help avoid claims arising from day-to-day employment decisions, as well as significant decisions such as reductions in force.

Ms. Rehm is a contributing editor to The Developing Labor Law, a publication of the American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section, and has been recognized in Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Litigation-Labor and Employment and Labor and Employment-Management. She is also a member of the Mobile Society for Human Resource Management and Baldwin County Society for Human Resource Management and frequently lectures on employment issues.

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