Top Ten Best Practices For Managing FMLA Leave
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The majority of employees nationally now qualify to take leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (the FMLA). Each year tens of millions do. Understanding the regulations implementing this statute is the first step to both compliance and managing employees use of FMLA leave. Notice and Recordkeeping IssuesCertifications, Clarifications and Recertifications - a Quick How toPaid vs. Unpaid LeaveForeseeability, Intermittent Leave and Reduced Scheduling IssuesMilitary Service and the FMLAThe Interplay Between FMLA, ADA and Workers’ Compensation LeavesRecommended Changes to Your Leave and Notice PoliciesHow to Investigate and Discipline Fraudulent FMLA Use and Manage RiskThe End Game – Return-to-Work and Termination IssuesAbout The Presenters
Join us to learn best practices for administering your FMLA leave program and coordinating it with your other types of leave. Mastery of these tools, together with proper and consistent application of your leave program, is the key to mitigating your risk of FMLA lawsuits, managing leave usage, and preventing abuse.
The Basics - a Quick Overview of the FMLA Statute
Eric D. Chapman
James K. Cowan, Jr., Esq.
- Attorney with CowanPerry, PC and Washington & Lee University School of Law, JD, 2013, magna cum laude
- Practice focuses in the areas of business litigation, employment law, and corporate transactions
- Represents clients in Virginia and North Carolina where he is actively licensed to practice
- Experienced in evaluating and analyzing employment law claims, including E.E.O.C., ADA, Title VII, and ADEA.
- Member of the Virginia State Bar; North Carolina State Bar; the Ted Dalton American Inns of Court; and Board Member of the New River Valley Chapter of Mental Health America
- Appointed in 2014 as the 27th Circuit Representative for the Virginia State Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Conference
Brian S. Wheeler
- Chairman and founder of CowanPerry, PC in Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virgina
- Practice focuses on labor and employment counsel, and litigation
- Represents a number of employers in the mid-Atlantic region, ranging from high-tech start-ups to large manufacturers
- 18 years litigation experience in federal and state courts across Virginia defending wrongful discharge claims, claims for relief under the Family Medical Leave Act and Fair Labor Standards Act, disability discrimination claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act, age discrimination claims under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and claims of sexual harassment, and race and gender discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
- Focuses on assisting clients with compliance obligations under the FLSA, FMLA, ADA, ADEA, Title VII, and Executive Order 11246 compliance, including preparation of affirmative action plans and responding to OFCCP audits
- Frequent speaker and corporate trainer for companies on sexual harassment, employment discrimination, FMLA and ADA compliance, the Fair Labor Standards Act, diversity and affirmative action, conducting workplace investigations, hiring and firing, and union free management
- Member of the Virginia State Bar; the Virginia Bar Association, Labor Relations and Employment Law Section; board member for the New River Valley Society for Human Resource Management; currently serves as general counsel to the New River Valley Economic Development Alliance, and as chairman of the New River Valley Regional Executive Council
- Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®, Labor and Employment Law; selected as a Virginia Super Lawyer in Employment and Labor
- Attorney with CowanPerry, PC
- Practice focuses on complex commercial litigation including employment and energy matters
- Represents a number of mid-size to Fortune 500 employers in Virginia, West Virginia and Tennessee where he is actively licensed to practice
- 10 years in federal and state courts across Virginia, Tennessee and West Virginia defending breach of contract claims, product liability claims, wrongful discharge claims, age discrimination claims under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, claims for relief under the Family Medical Leave Act and Fair Labor Standards Act, and claims of sexual harassment, and race and gender discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
- Member of the Virginia Bar Association; and member of the New River Valley Society for Human Resource Management
- Listed as a Virginia Super Lawyer Rising Star in Commercial Litigation, 2010
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