Live Webinar How to Handle,Identify and Investigate FMLA Abuse

01:00 PM EDT | 10:00 AM PDT | 12:00 PM CDT Duration 90 Minutes

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Learn How to Minimize the Misuse of FMLA Leave


Since the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) was signed into law, employers have been faced with the challenge of ensuring compliance with the statute’s requirements while also developing strategies to prevent employees from taking unfair advantage of the system. Although confusion surrounding employers’ obligations under the FMLA continues to be an issue, many employers have successfully developed policies to prevent employees from taking FMLA leave they are not entitled to take. Abuse can be difficult to identify and may be even more difficult to address. In addition to the FMLA, there are a host of other laws that protect employees while taking leave. While most employees will not abuse these rights, many will. Those who abuse the system create many headaches for employers and causes morale problems among those who are not abusing the system. How do you identify the abuse and what can you do about it? 

Learning Objectives:

•    What types of leave are most likely to be abused and why.
•    Signs that there may be FMLA abuse.
•    Using medical certifications to combat abuse.
•    “Red flags” that suggest an employee might to be abusing leave.
•    Strategies to identify abuse.
•    Important steps in managing FMLA abuse investigations.
•    Documenting FMLA effectively to curb abuse.
•    Types of company policies to manage FMLA leaves effectively.
•    Conducting the proper investigation into potential abuse.
•    Analyze investigative findings and prepare a report.
•    Avoiding retaliation claims when terminating after FMLA leave.
•    Employer obligations under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

Areas Covered

•    Key components of FMLA and what companies and employees it applies to
•    Most common forms of FMLA abuse
•    What practices and patterns to look for to uncover abuse
•    Key FMLA cases and how to protect your company
•    Five steps to an effective investigation
•    Best practices for preventing FMLA abuse

Who will Benefit

•   Chief human resource officers
•   Employment managers
•   Training and development managers
•   HR professionals
•   Line managers
•   Leave managers
•   HR generalists
•   HR business partners
•   Supervisorss

Industries who can attend

This 90-minute online course is intended for professionals in the all Industry. Although not presently stated in the draft , the same guide could be used by FDA Regulated Industries personnel

Speaker Profile

Susan Fahey Desmond

Susan Fahey Desmond has been representing management in all areas of labor and employment law since her graduation from the University Of Tennessee School Of Law since 1985. She is a shareholder in a firm's Labor and Employment Practice Group and works from the firm's Gulf Coast office. She is a graduate of the University of Mississippi (B.A., 1982) and the University Of Tennessee School Of Law (J.D., 1985). Ms. Desmond is a member of the Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Florida and Colorado Bar Associations. She is also a member of the Federal and American (member, Labor and Employment Law Section; past chair, Labor Committee; Executive Council Coordinator, Young Lawyers Section; member, Torts and Insurance Practice Section; member, Emerging Issues Committee) Bar Associations. Ms. Desmond has served as a director for both The Mississippi Bar Young Lawyers Division and the Jackson Young Lawyers Association.

She is a former secretary of the Mississippi Women's Lawyers Association. Ms. Desmond was named the 1997-98 Outstanding Young Lawyer in Mississippi and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America, MidSouth Super Lawyers, and Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers, Labor and Employment Law sections.

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