Are Your Employees Abusing FMLA Leave Protections?

Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C., the leading labor and employment law firm serving employers in the greater Springfield area, today announced that Attorney, Susan G. Fentin will lead the 2016 Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Master Class on Advanced Skills for Employee Leave Management. This intensive, day-long workshop will cover fundamentals and address real-world scenarios of FMLA compliance. The workshop will take place at the Sheraton Commander Hotel in Cambridge, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

“Employee leave management is not a one-time policy issue.  Simply because an employer has a comprehensive FMLA policy, that doesn’t mean that it won’t face FMLA problems,” said Attorney Susan G. Fentin. “There are complicated regulations, conflicting court decisions, and an increasing number of employees who abuse FMLA protections. This program will help human resource professionals effectively manage employee leave issues and give employers the confidence to evaluate and make the right choices in regard to FMLA compliance to avoid costly penalties.”

The FMLA workshop will cover:

  • How to evaluate a serious health condition and eliminate disputes about what does and does not qualify
  • The latest FMLA revisions, so employers do not risk non compliance
  • How recent FMLA court decisions impact current policies
  • Why FMLA recordkeeping continues to trip up even the savviest of human resource managers and solutions to avoid similar mistakes
  • How to handle intermittent leave and reduced schedules with a focus on stopping abuse and fraud
  • How FMLA, American with Disabilities Act (ADA) and workers’ compensation laws overlap

Attorney Susan G. Fentin, a resident of Conway, has been a partner at the firm of Skoler, Abbott & Presser since 2004. Her practice concentrates on labor and employment counseling, advising large and small employers on their responsibilities and obligations under state and federal employment laws and representing employers before state and federal agencies and in court. She speaks frequently to employer groups, conducts training on avoiding problems in employment law and teaches master classes on both the FMLA and ADA. Since 2010, she has been ranked as one of the top labor and employment attorneys in the state of Massachusetts by the prestigious Chambers USA rating firm.

Registration for the event begins at 7:30 a.m. and qualifies for up to 6.25 recertification credit hours through the HR Certification Institute. To register for this master class please email custserv@blr.com or call 800-274-6774 and mention promotional code FIRM20.