New FMLA Regulations

Best Practices to Ensure Family and Medical Leave Act Compliance

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

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Conducted on Tuesday, June 23, 2009

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This seminar will explain the key changes to the Family Medical Leave Act and offer compliance strategies for employers to avoid fines and penalties.


The Department of Labor issued long-awaited revisions to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) in late 2008. The revisions, which became effective Jan. 16, 2009, are the first changes to the FMLA since its enactment in 1993.

Between 18 and 21 percent of U.S. employers are estimated to be out of compliance with the FMLA. Mastering the requirements of the FMLA is complex, requiring a detailed understanding of federal and state laws and the development of sophisticated policies and procedures.

Listen as our panel of employment law attorneys explains the key changes in the new FMLA law and offers compliance strategies for employers to avoid fines and penalties.



  1. Key features of new FMLA regulations
    1. Military leave
    2. Notice provisions
    3. Serious health conditions
    4. Application and medical certification requirements
    5. Substitution of paid leave
    6. Fitness for duty
    7. New forms and posters
  2. Strategies for complying with new FMLA changes
    1. Update existing policies and forms
    2. Adopt new policy for military family leave
    3. Implement notice requirements
    4. Provide training to management on new requirements
    5. Update attendance and safety bonus programs to fully benefit from new rules
    6. Update job descriptions regarding medical certifications and fitness for duty certifications


The panel will review these and other key questions:

  • What new legal requirements do the new FMLA regulations impose on employers?
  • What policy and procedural changes must employers make to ensure compliance with the new law?
  • What are the penalties for non-compliance with the FMLA?


Victoria A. Lipnic
Victoria A. Lipnic
Former Assistant Secretary of Labor
Employment Standards Administration, U.S. Department of Labor

A member of President George W. Bush's administration, she was formerly responsible for administering and enforcing...  |  Read More

Dana Connell
Dana Connell

Littler Mendelson

He has extensive experience in court, representing companies in all types of employment litigation. He has litigated...  |  Read More

Henry T. Goldman
Henry T. Goldman

Of Counsel
K&L Gates

He represents employers in employment law matters, including planning, counseling and litigation. He advises on...  |  Read More

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