Strategies for Managing FMLA Abuse & Catching the 'FMLA Gamers' Who Are Manipulating the System

Duration: 90 Minutes
Let's face it; HR has a lot to manage today when it comes to compliance. However, managing FMLA and specifically employees' abuse of intermittent leave under the FMLA is at the top of the list of HR challenges. Today, it isn't uncommon for employees to game the system by "calling in FMLA" for just 15 minutes to avoid a written warning for tardiness. And, it also isn't uncommon for employees to call in sick; yet, post photos and comments on social media about how they are enjoying their "day off." This is frustrating for everyone else back at work to see how the "gamers" are getting away with these types of abuses. So, what is HR to do?
FMLA Abuse Investigations
Product ID: 503023
Even though the FMLA regulations are complex and there are ways that employees can manipulate their leave time, it doesn't mean there aren't ways to combat the "gamers." This training session will help you understand some of the basic compliance obligations under the FMLA, changes to the law that have given more leverage to employees-and how to investigate potential abuse and fraud cases.

Objectives of the Presentation
  • Identify employer obligations under the Family and Medical Leave Act
  • Recognize the most common abuses of FMLA and why it's happening
  • Develop strategies for helping managers identify the "red flags" of FMLA abuse
  • Changes to the FMLA that give employers leverage in managing abuse
  • Company policies you must have in place to effectively manage FMLA leave-and abusers of leave
  • Determine how to leverage your internal resources to prevent FMLA abuse
  • Identify individuals you need to involve in an internal investigation
  • Recognize the basic steps in how to conduct an effective investigation and how to acquire physical, documentary, and testimonial evidence
  • How to take effective steps for managing FMLA abuse investigations
  • Recognize the risks in just getting testimonial evidence to support an FMLA abuse case
  • How to evaluate investigative findings and prepare a report that is court-ready
Why Should you Attend
It is unfortunate that HR professionals actually have to manage abuse of employee leave - but it is a reality, as more and more employees utilize the FMLA as a means to avoid disciplinary action for poor attendance and tardiness. But what can HR do? Well, a lot.

Even though the FMLA regulations are complex, confusing, and present loopholes that are easy to exploit, companies should not be reluctant to deny leave or terminate troublesome employees for fear of being sued.

Attend the session to identify exactly what you can do – and how to take decisive action in even the most delicate situations.

Who will Benefit
HR Generalists, HR Managers, HR Directors, HR Vice Presidents, Employee Relations Managers, Labor Relations Managers, Employee Benefit Specialists, FMLA Coordinators, FMLA Leave Managers HR Professionals, FMLA and Leave Management Coordinators.

Topic Background
The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is a complicated law, but yet employees seem to know it pretty well. Today, the FMLA is often called "The Friday-Monday Leave Act" because employees "conveniently" get their episodic conditions, like migraine headaches, on days that run in conjunction with their off days.
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Instructor Profile:
Natalie Ivey, MBA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP is an HR consultant, professional speaker, author, and educator within the HR profession. She has more than two decades of leadership and HR management experience with Fortune 500 organizations and in working as a trusted advisor and consultant to business leaders both in the U.S. and abroad. She is the founder and CEO of Results Performance Consulting, Inc., an HR consulting practice that specializes in providing HR expertise and guidance to employers doing business in the U.S. She also provides targeted, result-focused leadership and professional development training programs.

Natalie routinely works with organizations to address destructive leadership behaviors and organization dysfunction. She consults with employers and designs customized training programs to help employers correct poor behaviors, minimize legal exposure, and improve performance and profitability. She is also the instructional designer/author of numerous HRCI accredited HR training programs that are marketed throughout the U.S., as well as the author of the book: How to Conduct Internal Investigations: A Practical Guide for HR Professionals, which has received excellent reviews. Her new book: How to Keep HR from Being the Employee Complaint Department is due to be released in the latter part of 2017. Ms. Ivey is a dynamic and engaging speaker who is known for her sense of humor and 'tell-it-like-it-is' direct approach to teaching HR education. She is a frequent lecturer at university symposiums, is a guest speaker at SHRM conferences, and is an internationally known speaker who travels throughout the U.S. and abroad, speaking on a variety of topics to advance the HR profession.
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