Intermittent And Reduced-Schedule CFRA Leave: How To Ensure Compliance And Avoid Costly Errors

About This Course:
Last summer, new regulations were made to the California Family Rights Act (CFRA). Eligibility requirements, timing and notice requirements, medical certification rules, benefits provisions, and defenses to an employee’s fraudulent use of CFRA were all impacted.

While there are now fewer differences between CFRA and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), certain distinctions still remain.

In order to stay compliant, you must have a good handle on the latest changes, as well as the other aspects of CFRA/FMLA administration that continue to challenge even the most experienced California HR professionals.

Join us when attorney Ryan D. Wheeler of Fisher & Philips LLP will discuss best practices for navigating intermittent and reduced schedule leave to comply with CFRA and FMLA rules, so you can ensure smooth operations and avoid costly legal missteps.

Learning Objectives
  • Important CFRA definitions
  • Why the expanded definition of “family member” in other laws affects your CFRA/FMLA administration
  • Recent legal and legislative developments employers must be aware of
  • Your rights as an employer when it comes to medical leave for employees
  • Guidelines for getting the proper healthcare certification forms you need
  • Who is included under the Paid Family Leave (PFL) law, and what you may request to certify compliance
  • Best practices for obtaining documentation to determine if a California employee is entitled to paid and/or protected leave
  • Why it’s important to have proper certification—and what that entails
  • What you can, and can’t, request of an employee’s doctor when it comes to certification and re-certification
  • Rules related to fitness-for-duty certifications before and after returning from leave
About Your Presenter

Ryan D. Wheeler, Esq.
Fisher & Phillips LLP

Ryan Wheeler counsels and defends employers in all areas of labor and employment law, including employment discrimination and harassment, prevention and compliance, litigation of employment disputes, and collective and class actions.

Prior to joining Fisher & Phillips, Ryan served for two years as a law clerk to the Honorable James E. Gritzner, U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Iowa. While in law school, Ryan was a member of the Pepperdine Law Review and worked as a judicial extern for Ugandan Court of Appeals Justice C.N.B. Kitumba, JA, in Kampala, Uganda.
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