Event to Provide Employers with Guidance on Handling Their Biggest Headaches: Managing the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), And Other Leave Laws

Complying with complex employment laws may not be every employer’s idea of fun, but it is imperative. To help employers through the compliance maze, experts from the firm of Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C. will present an intensive Master Class on the FMLA and the recently amended ADA.

The all-day seminar will take place on Monday, April 9, 2012, at the Sheraton Hotel in Springfield MA, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Presenters will be Attorneys Susan G. Fentin, Marylou V. Fabbo, and John S. Gannon, of Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C.

Attendees can expect to find answers to their questions about their obligations to employees, including:
• When is an employer required to provide an employee with job-protected leave, and for how long?
• What impact do the ADA amendments and the new EEOC regulations have on my obligations to my employees?
• What type of documentation relating to a medical condition can I require from my employees and what can I do when they don’t provide it?
• How do I manage the intermittent-leave beast and protect my company against fraud and abuse?
• How do FMLA, ADA, and Massachusetts workers’ comp laws overlap, and how can I be sure I am in compliance with all three laws?
• What can I expect when an employee is expecting: how do I balance my business needs with her personal requirements and remain in compliance with all applicable laws?
• How does Massachusetts law on same-sex marriages intersect with the FMLA?
• Are there any circumstances that would allow me to terminate an employee who is either disabled or on job-protected leave?

Much more will be addressed at the event, which will begin with an 8:00 a.m. registration and include a continental breakfast, lunch, and mid-session breaks. In addition, the program has been approved for 6.25 recertification credit hours through the HR Certification Institute. The cost is $397 per person, however special discounts are available for clients of the firm and members of the Employers Association of the Northeast (EANE). Interested parties can register by calling Business Labor Resources (BLR) at (800) 274-6774, or by visiting the BLR website at http://store.hrhero.com/mass-fmla. For further information on discounts or the program, contact Jamie Martin at Skoler Abbott (413) 737-4753 or jmartin@skoler-abbott.com.

This program is being offered by Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C. under the auspices of BLR®—Business Labor Resources and the Massachusetts Employment Law Letter.