The Family and Medical Leave Act entitles eligible employees to job-protected leave, but does it protect them from discipline or termination? The answer is not black and white. Employers seeking to discipline or discharge employees on leave must proceed cautiously - missteps may result in costly claims of leave interference, discrimination, or retaliation. This program will provide employers with a guide for conducting legally compliant discipline while an employee is out on leave. Learn how to handle prior performance issues, spot the warning signs of leave abuse, and deal with tricky intermittent leave challenges - register today!
Review the FMLA and understand how it interacts with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Determine whether a disciplinary action is legal or discriminates against the employee.
Learn what to do when an employer has an honest belief of FMLA fraud or leave abuse.
Acquire best practices to protect your company from discrimination, retaliation, and leave interference claims.
The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA): Essentials for Employers
Discipline, Termination, and Employees on FMLA Leave: A Legal Guide
What to Do When You Suspect FMLA Abuse, Fraud, or Other Leave Misconduct
Guarding Against Claims of Interference, Retaliation, and Discrimination
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Cindy Cole Ettingoff is CEO and general counsel for Memphis Area Legal Services and practices in the areas of labor and employment law, representing both employers and employees in OSHA, wage and hour, FMLA, ADA, and other employment law matters. In recent years, one of the major focuses of her practice has been assisting growing employers in the development of their employment policies and practices, including drug testing policies, disciplinary policies, workers' compensation policies, and performance policies, as well as in contract drafting and negotiation. In addition, Ms. Ettingoff is the chair of the Tennessee Bar Association's Alternative Dispute Resolution Section and serves as a mediator on employment-related disputes. She earned her J.D. degree from the University of Memphis, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law.
Meghan Wynkoop is an associate in the labor & employment practice group in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania office of Margolis Edelstein. Her practice focuses on representing both public and private employers in all aspects of employment law, including discrimination, harassment, wrongful discharge, retaliation, hostile work environment, and breach of contract claims. Ms. Wynkoop also has experience in handling workplace investigations and assists employers in drafting policies, handbooks, and employment-related agreements to ensure compliance with state and federal laws while also serving employers' individual business needs. Prior to joining Margolis Edelstein, she represented parties in litigation and arbitration in a wide range of insurance coverage matters, including property damage claims and bad faith litigation. Ms. Wynkoop earned her J.D. degree from the Thomas R. Kline School of Law at Drexel University, where she won the CALI Excellence for the Future Award in appellate advocacy. While in law school, she served as president of the Civil Litigation Society, vice president of Finance for the Student Bar Association, and as a member of the Moot Court Board. Ms. Wynkoop also competed in two national moot court competitions, including the New York City Bar Association Competition sponsored by the American College of Trial Lawyers.
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