Employee Leave Under FMLA, ADA and Workers' Comp: Navigating Overlapping and Conflicting Leave Laws

Avoiding Pitfalls With Accommodation, Retaliation/Discrimination; Handling Light Duty, Company Policy Violations and Discipline

Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A

Conducted on Thursday, March 23, 2017

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Program Materials

This CLE webinar will provide employers’ counsel with best practices to reduce the risk of lawsuits or government action for employee leave violations under the FMLA, ADA or workers’ compensation laws. The panel will outline an employer’s obligations under each of the laws and common areas of confusion and liability.


Managing leave for sick or injured workers under the FMLA, ADA and workers’ compensation laws is daunting for most employers. Employers must balance their efforts to prevent employee abuse of leave against the potential for lawsuits or government action for alleged wrongful denial of leave requests.

Administering employee leave is further complicated by the fact that certain medical or disability-related issues can be subject to different federal and state laws at the same time. The employer must simultaneously ensure consistent compliance with the requirements of each.

Listen as our panel of employment counsel examines the interplay between the FMLA, ADA and workers’ compensation laws; discusses common situations where conflicts arise; and offers strategies for employers and their counsel to comply with the laws and minimize liability and government action.



  1. Source for legal obligations—and their interplay
    1. Workers’ compensation
    2. FMLA
    3. ADA
  2. Leave requirements and limitations
  3. Accommodation requirements
    1. Unique concerns
    2. Employee violation of policy
    3. Disciplining employees
    4. Light duty/reinstatement
    5. Recordkeeping
  4. Best practices to resolve conflicts among competing laws and avoid retaliation/discrimination claims


The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • What are the most common types of employee leave abuse—and how can employers address the abuse without violating the law?
  • How can employers ensure compliance in situations where they must navigate multiple laws regulating employee leave?
  • How can employers approach disciplining an employee claiming entitlement to leave, special ADA consideration or workers’ comp?
  • What are the best practices to avoid retaliation/discrimination charges by an employee claiming accommodation under FMLA, ADA or workers’ comp?


Diane L. Kimberlin
Diane L. Kimberlin

Littler Mendelson

Ms. Kimberlin represents both private companies and public entities in many facets of labor and employment law,...  |  Read More

Jeffrey S. Kopp
Jeffrey S. Kopp

Foley & Lardner

Mr. Kopp has represented and counseled clients in various labor and employment, FMLA, OFCCP and EEO compliance,...  |  Read More

Salomon Laguerre, Esq.
Salomon Laguerre, Esq.

Seyfarth Shaw

Mr. Laguerre represents many of the nation’s leading companies in employment related matters in both state and...  |  Read More

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