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
Why Should you Attend
- 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
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.
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.