Curbing FMLA Abuse: How To Manage Manipulative Employees

Webinar: ID# 1021512
Recorded CD
About This Course:
Since the FMLA's enactment in 1993, employers have struggled with the administration of an otherwise fairly simple concept: protected leave from work for family and medical reasons.

Of course, actual FMLA compliance, and administering it within the law while not allowing employees to abuse this protection, is a much more difficult task.

From intermittent leave headaches to questionable medical certifications to employees who seem to know how to maneuver the law better than those who wrote it, HR professionals, managers and supervisors spend an inordinate amount of time dealing with FMLA issues.

This webinar will identify common areas of abuse with regard to FMLA leave, and provide employers with the tools to push back on misuse, to address employee problems even when protected leave is in the picture, and identify and tackle abuse when it is occurring.

Anyone involved in the administration of FMLA - from the details of the forms to the strategy of your organization's policies - will benefit from this course.


Proactively Managing the FMLA Process to Prevent Abuse in the First Place
  • Certification and Designation Tactics
  • Policies to Minimize Leave Abuse
  • Transitioning Employees Who Need Leave Beyond FMLA
Addressing the Performance Issues of Employees When FMLA Is Part of the Equation
  • Managing Job Performance
  • Terminations, Layoffs and Other Employment Actions
Tackling Leave Abuse
  • Internal Surveillance of Employee Leave Use
  • Hiring Outside Help
About The Presenters

Dana Connell
  • Shareholder in the Chicago office of Littler Mendelson P.C.
  • Member of the firm’s management committee, and oversees firm’s practice groups
  • Practice emphasizes all aspects of employment law, focusing especially on the FMLA and ADA
  • Works closely with employers to keep game-playing employees from taking advantage of the ADA and FMLA, and other employment laws, and to position employers for victory in the event of litigation
  • Written numerous articles, conducted numerous training sessions and webinars, and frequently interviewed on the FMLA and ADA since its inception; testified before the United States Commission on Civil Rights regarding the ADA
  • Named The Best Lawyers in America®, 2013 to 2016; named Leading Illinois Attorney in Employment Law
Alexis C. Knapp
  • Shareholder in the Houston office of Littler Mendelson P.C.
  • Core member of Littler’s Leave and Disability Accommodation Practice Group
  • Practice emphasizes all aspects of employment law, with a significant focus on leave and accommodation issues under the FMLA and ADA
  • Regularly develops and delivers customized training programs, workshops and webinars for employers on FMLA and ADA issues, and is a regular speaker to industry and HR groups on those topics
  • Works closely with employers to review, revise and improve their leave and accommodation processes and policies, including internal audits, development of tools and forms to support the leave and accommodation process, and assisting clients with extensive policy review and drafting
  • Wrote several publications and has been interviewed on leave and accommodation is-sues
  • Active member of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) and HR Houston, and is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization; as a former HR professional, she also holds her SHRM-SCP certification
Curbing FMLA Abuse: How To Manage Manipulative Employees
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