Understanding Serious Health Conditions Under FMLA
1 hour 30 minutes
Obtain a firm understanding of what is a serious health condition under the FMLA and how it interplays with the ADA.
The federal Family Medical Leave Act is a relatively dense statute with denser regulations that cannot be navigated safely with common sense alone. One of the most challenging aspects of FMLA administration is determining whether or not an employee (or a qualifying family member) even has a ‘serious health condition' that can support leave in the first place. The initial process of gathering the information needed from workers and their medical providers can often range from a minor annoyance to a major headache, and properly analyzing that information once in hand can be equally challenging. During this topic, seasoned employment litigators and counselors will demystify what does and doesn't ‘count' as a serious health condition and discuss the rules and strategies that come into play when management communicates with employees and medical providers about the nature and extent of those conditions. At the end of the day, your organization's basic FMLA challenge is to avoid the exposure from employees claiming they did not receive leave to which they were entitled while simultaneously avoiding the obstacles to productivity that result when an employee is extended statutorily-protected benefits that they do not truly deserve. This information will help you walk that tightrope by better understanding the fundamental concepts and rules behind the medical conditions that do and don't support FMLA leave.
- You will be able to describe the six recognized categories of serious health conditions that may qualify your employees for FMLA leave.
- You will be able to explain not only when you need ‘more information' in support of an FMLA leave request, but also what and the safest and best way to get it.
- You will be able to recognize FMLA certifications that are ‘good enough' and those that need further scrutiny.
- You will be able to review your FMLA administrative process for opportunities to increase efficiency, effectiveness, and consistency.
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