The Mystery of the Missing Employee (Afternoon)
The HR Detective Finds the FMLA Offender
Date: Sep 19, 2019 Beginning at 2:30 PM
Session Duration

Learning Objective
Understanding the FMLA leave and how to administer it
Avoiding common FMLA mistakes
Tackling troublesome intermittent leave issues

Session Description
The FMLA is one of the greatest mysteries HR practitioners deal with on a daily basis. Deciding whether the employer is a covered employer and whether the employee is an eligible employee can leave even experienced human resource professionals in the dark. Then, there are numerous reasons an employee may take FMLA leave! This session will walk you through the maze of the FMLA and give you the tools on how to respond to employee requests for leave and deal with the potential FMLA abuser.

Session Speakers

Sarah Pawlicki

Eastman & Smith Ltd.

More About Sarah Pawlicki

As an attorney and a certified SHRM Senior Certified Professional, Sarah Pawlicki’s practice focuses on advising the Human Resource practitioner (and other individuals charged with the HR duties for their companies) on best practices and legal compliance. As a Member of Eastman & Smith Ltd.’s Labor and Employment practice group, she counsels employers on state and federal employment law compliance and represents employers in employment discrimination and workers compensation matters before administrative agencies such as the Ohio Industrial Commission, Ohio Civil Rights Commission, and Unemployment Review Commission. Sarah’s also experienced in representing clients in Ohio state and federal courts. Sarah is a past president of the Northwest Ohio Human Resources Association and serves on the Board of Directors for Directions Credit Union.

James Yates

Eastman & Smith Ltd.

More About James Yates

James B. Yates, Esq. is a Member of Eastman & Smith Ltd.’s Labor and Employment practice group and a SHRM Senior Certified Professional who has represented employers in labor and employment matters for over 20 years. He represents public and private sector employers in all facets of labor and employment law matters including collective bargaining, general personnel planning and counseling, equal employment opportunity matters, workers' compensation and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Occupational Safety and Health Act. Jim has represented employers in labor and employment law related matters with various agencies such as the Industrial Commission, NLRB, EEOC, OSHA, SERB, OCRC, OBES and in state and federal courts and arbitration tribunals. He regularly consults with Human Resource Professionals regarding the drafting and implementation of employment policies and conducts supervisor training. Jim is a frequent speaker at seminars regarding numerous labor and employment law topics.