Family Medical Leave Act: Understanding the new rules


Presented by: Gerard P. Panaro

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As you may already now, the Department of Labor has revised and updated its Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) regulations to comply with court decisions, new laws, and bring the rules into closer conformity to reality, after 15 years of experience with the FMLA. The new regulations are the product of a two-year long process involving 20,000 public comments (perhaps yours among them).

Most significantly, the FMLA now entitles family members of service members and members of the Guard and Reserve to take up to 26 weeks of leave to care for a wounded Solider and/or to handle "exigent circumstances" connected with deployment.

Find out which "family members" are entitled to this leave and which "exigent circumstances" justify leave.

Another significant change involves the medical certification rules. Due to HIPAA, the new FMLA regulations now limit who may contact a health care provider and forbid the employee's direct supervisor from doing so.

Actually, several of the changes to the rules make it easier, simpler and more favorable to employers to comply with the FMLA.

In addition to a thorough explanation of the expanded FMLA rights for uniformed services personnel and their families, this two hour webinar will also provide details on the following changes to the FMLA and allow you ample opportunity to ask questions:
  1. Increased notice obligation for employers so that employees will better understand their FMLA rights
  2. Revised employee notice rules to minimize workplace disruptions due to unscheduled FMLA absences
  3. Removal of penalties against employers for failing to follow notification rules
  4. Imposition of burden on employee to prove harm if employer fails to follow notification rules
  5. DOL endorsement of parties' right to waive FMLA claims in settlement, severance and termination agreements
  6. Revisions to the "serious health condition" definition
  7. New rule that time spent in "light duty" work does not count against FMLA leave
  8. New rule on "perfect attendance" awards
  9. New rule requiring employees to follow an employer's "normal and customary call-in procedures"
About the Speaker: Gerard P. Panaro is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center, admitted in D.C. and Maryland, and holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Boston College. He is resident in the D.C. office of Howe & Hutton, a Chicago law firm with another office in St. Louis, Missouri.

Mr. Panaro has focused on employment law for nearly the entire 25 years he has been an attorney. He is the author of a nationally recognized treatise on employment law, Employment Law Manual, a 1500-page volume that was first published in 1990. He is also a regular contributor of articles to numerous HR magazines and publications, and a speaker and trainer. He is a Bankersonline Guru.

This program was recorded in its entirety in February 2009. The CD-ROM includes program slides, materials (if available) and follow-up Q & A document.

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