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Seattle, Washington | Wednesday, April 13, 2016
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 Washington Employment Law Letter has crafted a cost-effective and engaging solution: 2016 FMLA Master Class: Washington - Advanced Skills for Employee Leave Management. This intensive day-long workshop provides the comprehensive knowledge you need to master real-life issues. Experienced Washington attorneys will provide substantive instruction on fundamental FMLA compliance principles in light of new and existing regulations, court rulings, and application of this far-reaching law. You’ll engage with your instructors 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:
Master Class Agenda
7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m.
Welcome and Introduction
8:30 a.m.-8:45 a.m.
2016 FMLA Developments
8:45 a.m.-9:30 a.m.
FMLA compliance requirements saw major changes in 2015. In March, the Labor Department’s final rule defining who is a FMLA-covered “spouse” took effect. In June, the U.S. Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage decision impacted FMLA. The DOL has also made it clear that employers will see an increase in on-site FMLA investigations. The year before, the EEOC issued important guidance concerning pregnancy in the workplace, which includes insights on best practices for managing pregnant workers’ leave.
In this opening session, we’ll explain these developments and how to adjust your policies and practices to ensure compliance with the changing regulatory landscape. You’ll learn:
Managing Serious Health Conditions and Medical Certifications
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
At the heart of many FMLA leave requests is the serious health condition. FMLA regulations offer guidance and allow you to require medical certification, but there are a multitude of possible reasons for needing FMLA leave. Assessing the information requires keen judgment, and this session will show you how to make these crucial calls. You’ll learn about:
10:30 a.m.-10:45 a.m.
FMLA’s Rapidly Changing Covered Family Members
10:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
With new regulations, a Supreme Court decision, and DOL guidance governing same-sex marriage, leave for related military service members, in loco parentis relationships and more, it is getting harder and harder to determine who is a covered family member and more importantly, who is not. This session will provide clear-cut rules for making the call including:
Lunch (on your own)
11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
Meeting FMLA Deadlines: Notification, Curbing Abuse, and Preventing Claims
12:45 p.m.-1:45 p.m.
FMLA is ruled by deadlines for giving and receiving information, for measuring how much leave has been taken, and determining how much employees still have remaining in a given FMLA leave 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. In tyhis session, you’ll gain a valuable understanding of:
Mastering the Tough FMLA Issues
1:45 p.m.-2:45 p.m.
It’s one thing to grasp individual FMLA rules and another to put the pieces together in the real world. Intermittent leave seems pretty straightforward on paper, but how employers really manage it is another story. How is intermittent leave certified and calculated? What about temporary light-duty positions and fluctuating work schedules? Reinstatement after leave? This session explains:
2:45 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
All Together Now: Coordinating FMLA with ADA, Workers’ Comp, and State Family Leave Laws
3:00 p.m.-4:00 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.
What Happens Next & Your Final Questions
4:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Get an advance heads-up on what the future may hold for family leave and related developments, including the impact of regulatory changes, policy review suggestions, and continuing enforcement trends for 2015 and beyond. Then, pose your final questions to our master class faculty before concluding the intensive FMLA compliance training.
Your Washington Faculty with the law firm of Fisher & Phillips LLP
Catharine Morisset, Esq.
Fisher & Phillips LLP
Catharine Morisset, a partner in the Seattle office of Fisher & Phillips, focuses her practice on representing local and national employers in litigation in state and federal courts, on appeal, and also before the EEOC and similar state agencies in all aspects of workplace law, such as ADA, ADEA, FLSA, FMLA, NLRA, Title VII, and similar state laws.
Ms. Morisset works with all sizes of employers across all industries, from local “Mom & Pop” wholesalers to national industrial manufactures, and she thrives on learning her clients’ operations and culture to become a practical business partner. She uses her litigation experience to work closely with clients to provide effective preventative counseling and workforce training. This includes regularly advising and training clients on, leaves, reasonable accommodations, investigations, employment agreements, drug testing, hiring, wage-hour compliance discipline, terminations, and layoffs. She is an active member of the Society for Human Resources Management, and addresses chapters of human resources professionals throughout the Pacific Northwest.
Program Location and Date
When: Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Where: Hilton Seattle
1301 6th Ave.
Seattle WA 98101