Protecting Yourself from False FMLA Claims and Litigation
Few HR subjects are as emotionally charged or as hard to administer as FMLA regulations. Yet, many employers aren’t aware of the tools they have at their disposal for managing FMLA leave.
The regulations themselves are confusing and surrounded by questions, like how do you define “serious illness”? But what makes them even harder to deal with are the emotional variables.
Because when someone needs to take time off under FMLA, they’re also dealing with the physical, emotional, and financial strain of illness or injury—sometimes making it harder to work with the person about what time they’re entitled to.
Which is why it’s so important to get FMLA right in the first place.
Don’t leave yourself open to abuse or to litigation risk. It’s great that FMLA regulations are there to protect employees—but you have to protect yourself too.
If you’ve ever had trouble calculating intermittent leave, found yourself questioning if an employee’s claim is legitimate, or just haven’t gotten around to brushing up on updates to the law, join lawyer Scott Behren for a revealing look at the parts of FMLA that cause employers the most trouble and confusion.
Failing to follow FMLA requirements is a common error that has led to losses of tens of thousands of dollars in worker productivity and court awards. Something as simple as not providing an employee with the right paperwork or notices when you’re figuring out their leave can open the door to an expensive, time-consuming lawsuit from a disgruntled employee—who may be looking for an easy way out of their financial troubles.
How does FMLA interact with laws about disability discrimination and workers compensation? Can you administer FMLA and still be compliant with HIPAA and medical privacy laws?
Most importantly, what sorts of illnesses, injuries and family situations are covered under FMLA? How do you sort out the legitimate claims from the not-so-legitimate?
You want to do what’s right for your employees—but you don’t want to be taken advantage of or sued either. Get the facts. Sign up today for this quick, informative audio conference on FMLA regulations. You’ll find ways to make yourself more lawsuit-proof—and ways to make your job a little easier the next time a claim comes past your desk.
- How does the FMLA interact with disability discrimination and workers compensation laws?
- Best ways to handle requests for intermittent leave
- What kinds of notice and paperwork must you give to an employee seeking or intending to seek FMLA leave
- Ensure compliance with FMLA without violating HIPAA and medical privacy laws
- Avoid retaliation claims by employees by making sure you take these important steps for handling FMLA leave requests
- What types of ailments and family situations are covered by FMLA?
- All the latest regulations pertaining to FMLA
- The latest court rulings on FMLA and its regulations—and what you can learn to protect yourself
Scott M. Behren, Esq., is an employment law attorney with the Behren Law Firm in Weston, Florida, who has published numerous articles on employment and litigation topics and blogs and tweets regularly on the topic. He is a member of the National Employment Lawyers' Association (both national and Florida chapters). Mr. Behren holds a J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law.
Who would benefit from this program:
- HR Managers
- HR Directors
- HR Professionals
- This program has been approved for 1.5 recertification credit hours toward PHR and SPHR recertification through the Human Resource Recertification Institute (HRCI). Please note: HRCI credit is earned only by attending the live conference. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit the HRCI homepage at the HRCI Website
Audio Conference Formats Explained
Audio Conference CD Only: $229.00 (includes S&H)
Length: 1 hour 30 minutes