Focus on FMLA: Handle Family & Medical Leave Abuse the Smart Way

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Product Format
Prerecorded Event
60 minutes
Product Description

Stop Fraudulent Leave Now—and Minimize Collateral Damage


The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) requires certain employers to provide job-protected employees with unpaid leave for designated medical and family reasons—including pregnancy, military service, foster care placement, adoption, and personal or family illness. While the act is a lifesaver for many workers, abuse is prevalent. One recent study suggested that one-third of all sick days were taken fraudulently, and abuses included leave to serve jail time, work a second job, and travel to exotic locations. The cost? In the billions, analysts say.

Susan Fahey Desmond has practiced labor and employment law since 1985. Join her as she shows you how to handle suspected abuse of family and medical leave. Desmond cautions that while most employees don’t abuse the system, the ones who do hurt your bottom line. She’ll show you how to identify the abuse and what you can do about it.

This event will show you how what types of leave are likely to be abused, how to use medical certifications to combat abuse, and what red flags hint at potential abuse. She’ll also show you how to conduct a property investigation, what to document and what not do document, how to discipline or terminate employees, and how to avoid retaliation claims after terminating an employee for leave abuse. Most importantly, she’ll help you cut losses and stay legal.

Session Highlights

Desmond is a top employment and business lawyer. She will teach you:

  • What types of leave are most likely to be abused—and why
  • How to use medical certifications to combat abuse
  • Red flags that suggest an employee might be abusing leave
  • How to conduct a proper investigation into potential abuse
  • Avoid retaliation claims when terminating an employee after family and medical leave
  • Best ways to document the “dos” and “don’ts” when disciplining or terminating an employee for excessive or fraudulent leave

Who Should Attend

  • Human resource managers
  • Company owners
  • Benefit specialists
  • Senior HR Professionals
  • HR Managers & Directors
  • HR Personnel
  • Employee Relations Professionals
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About Our Speaker

Susan Fahey Desmond

Susan Fahey Desmond is a partner with Jackson Lewis, LLP, which has offices in over 54 cities across the United States. She has been representing management in all aspects of labor in employment law since 1985. She is listed in Best Lawyers in America and has been named by Chamber USA as one of America’s Leading Business Lawyers for labor and employment law. She is also listed in...   More Info
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