FMLA Pitfalls & How to Avoid Them

FMLA Pitfalls & How to Avoid Them

June 10, 2015, 2:00 pm ET
Duration 1.0 hours

This webinar will guide employers through everything they need to know about how to comply with the FMLA's technical requirements; how to avoid common mistakes during the FMLA leave process and ensure its smooth management; and what to do when it has been mismanaged.

Employers continue to face difficulties complying with the FMLA's technical requirements, as well as administration of leaves and issues of employee abuse. Failure to fulfill any of the FMLA's complex requirements, such as improper leave designations or terminating an employee after leave, even if justified, can generate lawsuits, damage an employer's reputation and costs tens of thousands of dollars in litigation costs and potential damages.

Join Steven Luckner, labor and employment partner at Ogletree Deakins, to get:

  • Key insights on the most vulnerable areas for employers and how to address them.
  • Practical examples of specific situations where employers regularly fail to meet their FMLA obligations.
  • Tools and best practices which HR can implement to ensure full compliance with the FMLA's technical requirements – so that the administration of FMLA leave runs smoothly for both the employer and employee, while reducing exposure to potential violations and abuse by employees.

Presented by

Steven J. Luckner

Steven J. Luckner

Steven J. Luckner is a shareholder with the law firm of Ogletree Deakins.

Mr. Luckner's practice focuses on the defense of employment law cases involving allegations of wrongful discharge, sexual harassment, age, race, sex, religious, disability discrimination and whistleblowing.

He also has experience in defending wage and hour claims under the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act and various state laws.

Mr. Luckner prosecutes and defends cases involving post-employment restrictions, unfair competition, breach of fiduciary duty and trade secrets.

In connection with these claims, he has extensive experience obtaining and defending against applications for temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions.

Mr. Luckner also has experience in the cutting-edge issues associated with the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and how that Act and other state computer fraud laws relate to the management of employer-employee relationships in the digital age.

He also routinely advises HR professionals, in-house counsel and business owners on day-to-day employment issues including leaves of absence, reasonable accommodations, reductions-in-force and employee discipline.

Mr. Luckner assists employers through reductions-in-force and in responding to employment audits from government officials.

He also conducts independent investigations for employers in relation to complaints of sexual harassment, discrimination, whistleblowing and other employee issues.

HR professionals will learn >

  • Common mistakes made during the FMLA leave process and how to avoid them
  • Proactive steps employers can take to ensure smooth management of FMLA leave
  • What employers can do if the FMLA leave process has been mismanaged
  • What to do when an employee's FMLA leave expires