FMLA Webinar - Write or Revise Your Policy
No step in the FMLA compliance process is more important than creating or revising your organization’s policy on Family and Medical Leave. With a well-developed FMLA policy, an organization can make decisions systematically and consistently; without one, an organization is left with case-by-case decision-making and opening the door to legal problems. In this session you will learn: • The 7 Essential Topics You Must Cover in Any Time-Off Policy including PFMLA; • The Structure of Your FMLA Policy; • Cautionary Tales: What FMLA lawsuits tell us about policy mistakes; • Policy Differences: State leave only or state and federal leave combined; • The Special Problem of the Expanded Definition of Family under PFMLA; • Other Policies Affected: Vacation, PTO, and pregnancy disability; • Special Policy Considerations: Out-of-State Employees, temporary employees, breaks in service; • The 12-month Measurement Period Issue: Examples and the pros and cons of the measurement options; The 12-month period the authority is adopting; • What to Say about Group Health and Other Benefits in your FMLA policy; (including the employee who does not make the premium payments or doesn’t come back); • Informing Employees of Their Responsibilities to the Company in Their Need for Leave; • What your Policy Should Say About Medical Certifications; • What Your Policy Should Say About “so close to the employee” Family Relationships; • Restoration: What your policy should say about returning from leave.
Paid FMLA for the Small Employer
This session is designed for the employer with fewer than 50 employees and has not had to consider state or federal family and medical leave acts until now. We will begin with a review of the laws giving leave rights and clarify which laws do not. We will then focus on the basics of the Connecticut Paid Family and Medical Leave Act. You will learn which of your employees will be entitled to leave based on the length of employment and the reasons for being off. We will address the traps of “we are too busy to have you out-we’ll have to let you go,” the matter of workers’ compensation, group health coverage for the employee on leave and your obligations to return the employee to work. You will learn: • Laws Providing the Right to be Off the Job and Not be Fired; • Three Questions You Must Answer in Looking at Leaves; • Connecticut Leave Law versus Federal Leave; • Deaf Ears: Three small employer arguments that will not work; • The Stakes: Enforcement, remedies and litigation; • The Connecticut PFMLA Law: The basics; • How Leave May be Taken: Reduced and intermittent leave rules; • Notice and Information Requirements; • Medical Certifications; • Understanding The FMLA Pay Formula; • Pay and Benefits: STD, PTO and vacations and the “two-week rule,” group health and other benefits, and getting paid by the state; • Restoration Rights.
FMLA: The Basics and Beyond (For Employers with 50 or More Employees)
In this webinar designed for larger employers (50 or more employees), we will give an up-to-date review of the Connecticut Paid Family and Medical Leave Act. We will review unique aspects of the state FMLA and examine the differences between the state and federal law. We will provide the latest updates from our discussions with the Connecticut Department of Labor's legal team on the steps the Connecticut DOL has and will be taking to ready the state for implementation. Among the topics we will cover: • What we learned from Massachusetts’ 2020 paid leave implementation; • Coverage Basics: The out-of-state employer and employees, temp agencies, independent contractors, and out-of-state employees: • Leave Law Comparison: State v. federal leave; • Understanding Leave Stacking: Where it applies and where it doesn’t; • The Definition of Family: Common law marriage and “like family” complications in the state law; • Reduced and Intermittent Leave Rules; • Notice and Information Requirements; • Medical Certifications and Proof of Family Relationships; • Pay and Benefits: STD, PTO, state pay, group health and other benefits; • Restoration Rights; • Interference, Discrimination and Retaliation Claims; • Eight Action Steps to Consider Now.
Sept. 2021 Legislative Update
Mandated vaccinations, the legalization of marijuana, paid FMLA, and the mandatory disclosure of payrates in hiring are among the developments that Connecticut employers will be facing this year and next. In this intensive three-hour program, we’ll cover the laws enacted in the 2021 session of the Connecticut General Assembly, the latest pronouncements from OSHA and the CDC, the most important workplace rulings from both state and federal courts, and the enforcement targets of both federal and state agencies. Among the topics we will review are: • The 2021 General Assembly - What Passed/What Didn’t: Recreational Marijuana-Exempted Industries and Exempted Employees, Calling Back Laid Off Employees in Order of Seniority, Disclosure of Salary Ranges, Age Prohibitions on Employment Applications, Time Off for Voting and more; • The Labor Outlook: Unemployment Rates and Projections; the Consumer Price Index and Wage Increases; the Minimum Wage Rate Schedule; What the 2020 Census Tells Us about the Demographics of the Connecticut Workforce Now and What it Will be in the Future; • Coronavirus Update: The EEOC Guidance and Employer Options; OSHA’s Guidance on Safe Workplaces; Getting Back to Work Surveys; Work-at-Home Policies, Employer Practices on Mandated Vaccines, Masks, Medical and Religious Accommodations, and the Direct Threat Disqualification of Employees; • Paid FMLA: Where the State DOL and Paid Leave Authority are with Implementation; Aflac as TPA, Employer STD Plan Approvals, 5 Things Employers Should do now to Prepare for Paid FMLA; • The EEO-1: The EEOC’s New and Final Filing Deadline for 2019 and 2020 EEO-1 Component 1 Data Collection; Who Must File and How; Why this Report is Critically Important; • Your Company’s Group Health Insurance: What the 2021 Rate Filings Tell us about the cost of Group Health Insurance; • Non-Compete Agreements: What the Biden Administration’s Executive Order on Non-Compete Agreements Bodes for Connecticut Employers; Connecticut Court Rulings on Non-Competes; and • The Top Seven Court Decisions in 2021: The Bostock decision and LGBTQ Rights, Religious Accommodation Lawsuits for Managers Wanting Work Time Off, Conviction Records and the Mandala v. NTT Data Decision-the Road Map for Employer Action. Who Should Attend: HR Administrators, Managers, Company Officers, Payroll and Benefits Professionals, and Insurance Agents. Approved for 3 LR&E CEU’s
Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Webinar
Connecticut requires employers with 3 or more employees to conduct sexual harassment training for each employee within 6 months of hire or the employee’s assuming a supervisory position. As a service to our clients, we will be providing webinar sessions of EMPLOYEE SEXUAL HARASSMENT PREVENTION TRAINING WEBINAR in a “Virtual Classroom” which will comply with the training regulations in duration, form and content. Rather than to have all your employees off-the-floor for two hours, you’ll be able to complete the training for all your employees in stages.