FMLA Leave for Workers With Chronic Illness: Verifying Medical Treatment, Avoiding Abuse
Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A
This CLE webinar will guide counsel for employers on how to handle FMLA leave for workers with chronic illness. The panelists will discuss how to scrutinize the FMLA certification form completed by the employee's healthcare provider, as well as best practices for verifying continuing medical treatment.
- Overview of chronic illnesses under the FMLA
- Verifying continuing medical treatment for FMLA leave
- Analysis of recent court decisions regarding FMLA leave for chronic illnesses
- Best practices for employers in handling intermittent and reduced-schedule leave for chronic illnesses
The panel will review these and other relevant topics:
- How is "chronic illness" defined under the FMLA?
- What documentation must be provided by workers taking leave for a chronic illness?
- Specific information the employer should look for if using forms from the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division.
- How do courts view the issue of FMLA leave for chronic illnesses?
- How can employers protect against FMLA leave abuse by workers with chronic illness?
Lisa Karen Atkins
Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart
Ms. Atkins has over 20 years' experience defending employers ranging from public and private colleges,... | Read More
Ms. Atkins has over 20 years' experience defending employers ranging from public and private colleges, universities, and technology centers to clients in international tire and automobile manufacturing, steel pipe, carbon black, logistics, security and other safety-sensitive industries, child care, food services, property management, automated retail, and small and family-owned businesses. She represents clients in litigation, EEOC charges, and other state and federal agency proceedings and provides training, day-to-day legal advice, and pragmatic solutions that are tailored to meet client needs.Close
Frank C. Morris, Jr.
Epstein Becker & Green
Mr. Morris leads the firm’s Employment, Labor and Workforce Management Practice in the Washington, D.C., office,... | Read More
Mr. Morris leads the firm’s Employment, Labor and Workforce Management Practice in the Washington, D.C., office, and co-chairs the firm's ADA and Public Accommodations Group. A former NLRB attorney, he now represents private and public employers in EEO, disability, labor, and general litigation matters. Mr. Morris regularly writes and lectures on various employment and litigation topics and is an adjunct professor at George Washington University Law School, where he teaches Discrimination Law.Close