FMLA Abuse: How to Identify, Investigate, Deny, and Terminate

On-Demand Schedule Sun, January 17, 2021 - Sun, January 24, 2021
Duration 60 Mins
Level Basic & Intermediate
Webinar ID IQW19F0607

  • FMLA overview
  • Which employers are covered
  • Creating and/or updating the employee leave policy
  • Determining the appropriate ‘leave year’ period to implement
  • Which employees are entitled to FMLA
  • The definition of a ‘serious health condition’
  • Eligible reasons for leave
  • How and when to request certification
  • Which health care providers are appropriate
  • Calculating leave entitlement and intermittent leave
  • Definition of fraud
  • Patterns of abuse
  • How to investigate suspected FMLA abuse
  • How to deal with FMLA abusers
  • Recertification
  • When to deny an FMLA request
  • When to transfer an employee covered under FMLA
  • How to terminate an employee on FMLA

Overview of the webinar

This webinar will assist employers with effective strategies to identify, investigate, and terminate FMLA abusers. Additionally, the course will also instruct employers on when it is appropriate to deny FMLA requests in accordance with the law.

Can you answer the questions below?

  1. Sally calls off FMLA on Friday. The same day she posts pictures of herself at the bar drinking and partying, with the caption, "I love FMLA" How do you handle this?
  2. Jane did not turn in her certification within the time frame. She states "I will get it to you when I can." What do you do?
  3. John submits a certification that looks suspicious. What do you do?
  4. Betty, the finance manager, takes off on FMLA for 3 weeks. Her replacement uncovers passible embezzlement. How do you handle this?
  5. Tom will exhaust his FMLA leave in one week and you have not received any return to work information. What do you do?

All of the above questions and more will be answered in this information-packed program! Don’t put your company at risk!

Who should attend?

  • Business Owners
  • Vice-Presidents
  • CEOs
  • COOs
  • CFOs
  • Directors
  • HR Representatives
  • Consultants
  • Managers
  • Supervisors

Why should you attend?

This webinar will instruct attendees on FMLA compliance and educate employers on identifying and eliminating FMLA leave abuse among employees. The employment law compliance expert will also focus on key elements like:

  • Maintaining an updated employee leave policy
  • Calculating leave entitlement and intermittent leave
  • Investigating suspected FMLA abuse
  • Denying an FMLA request

Broad and sometimes unclear regulations, numerous changes to the law, and conflicting court decisions, make FMLA one of the biggest compliance challenges for employers. This webinar will clearly define the parameters of the law, and in the process, simplify FMLA compliance for your organization.

Faculty - Ms.Vanessa G. Nelson

Vanessa G. Nelson, SPHR, CLRL is founder and president of award-winning Expert Human Resources (EHR), which she founded in 2009, to help companies maintain compliance, avoid litigation, maximize human capital, and reduce costs. She has over 29 years of business management experience at 2 major corporations in Michigan. She has helped companies reduce costs as well as save hundreds of thousands of dollars.


Ms Nelson received her Master of Science in Administration/Human Resources Management degree from Central Michigan University and a Bachelor’s in Business Management from Northwood University. She holds the Certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) credential from the Human Resources Certification Institute, and Certified Labor Relations Leader (CLRL) from Michigan State University.


ComplianceIQ is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM. This program is valid for [1] PDCs for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit

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