The Family & Medical Leave Act, California Family Rights Act & Pregnancy Disability Leave: Managing Employee Leave & Possible Abuse


Instructor: Diane L Dee
Product ID: 706515

  • Duration: 60 Min
In the state of California, employers often struggle with abuse and fraud of protected leaves of absence as those granted by the Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the California Family Rights Act (CFRA), and the Pregnancy Disability Leave Act (PDL). Employers feel uncertain how they can avoid complex leave of absence issues while protecting their own financial and business needs. The overlap between these pieces of legislation is often confusing and seemingly complicated. All three pieces of legislation provide ways in which an employer can identify an employee’s need for leave while vigilantly remaining alert to potential leave abuse.
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Course "The Family & Medical Leave Act, California Family Rights Act & Pregnancy Disability Leave: Managing Employee Leave & Possible Abuse" has been pre-approved by SHRM as eligible for 1 credits and HRCI as eligible for 1 credits towards a participant's recertification upon full completion.

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Why Should You Attend:

Employers need to be savvy about what they can and cannot do with respect to FMLA, CFRA, and PDL while at the same time remaining compliant. Attendance at this webinar will help clear up the confusion and will assist participants in gaining the confidence they need to administer these leaves while remaining vigilant to incidents of abuse and fraud. Additionally, this webinar will help employers confidently move forward with necessary employment actions.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understanding the provisions and differences of the FMLA, CFRA, and PDL
  • Recognizing how the FMLA, CFRA and PDL intersect and interact in California
  • Successfully navigating the overlap between the FMLA, CFRA and PDL
  • Can FMLA, CFRA and PDL run concurrently?
  • Clarify what you can request/require from employees
  • When may an employer communicate with the employee’s health care provider?
  • Steps to take when an employee fails to return from FMLA/CFRA/PDL
  • Responding to red flags: frequent time off before and after weekends, social media posts, etc.
  • What information employers may request/require from employees
  • Properly documenting the transition from one leave type to the next
  • Disciplining employees who have submitted fraudulent medical documentation, have abused their leave, or who were already underperforming before they requested leave
  • Denying leave based on non-compliance with medical certification requests
  • “Curing” vague or ambiguous medical documentation
  • Documenting requests for leave and how company policies and communication can assist in cases of abuse

Who Will Benefit:

  • Senior Leadership
  • Human Resources Directors, Managers & Representatives
  • Operations Professionals
  • Compliance Professionals
  • Managers & Supervisors
  • Employees
Instructor Profile:
Diane L. Dee

Diane L. Dee
President, Advantage HR Consulting

Diane L. Dee, President of Advantage HR Consulting, has over 25 years of experience in the Human Resources arena. Diane’s background includes experience in HR consulting and administration in corporate, government, consulting and pro bono environments. Diane founded Advantage HR Consulting in early 2016. Under Diane’s leadership, Advantage HR provides comprehensive, cost-effective Human Resources solutions for small to mid-sized firms in the greater Chicagoland area. Additionally, Diane conducts webinars on a wide-variety of HR topics for various training firms across the country.

Diane holds a Master Certificate in Human Resources from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations and has attained SPHR, SHRM-SCP, sHRBP and HRPM® certification.

Diane is a member of the National Association of Women Business Owners and the Society for Human Resource Management. Additionally, Diane performs pro bono work through the Taproot Foundation assisting non-profit clients by integrating their Human Resources goals with their corporate strategies.

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