• Save the Date: September 13-15, 2017
  • Peace, Love and HR
Julie Pugh

Julie Pugh

Organization - Graydon Law


FMLA: Flowers, Magic, Love, And issue spotting

Learning Objectives

1. Advanced leave of absence analysis

2. Nuanced issue spotting regarding absence management

3. Legal review of applicable legislation


It's all rainbows and sunshine until someone requests time off. That's when the HR professional earns their cheddar, ya dig?

At that point, many legal concepts converge to govern how an employer's decisions must be made, managed, and administered. The Family Medical Leave Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, workers' compensation laws, and company policies provide guidance and structure to the leave procedures. However, the communication with the employee, consistency of decisions, and documentation of the interactions are essential to any future defense.

Hang loose with us as we explore a the life of the employee poster (flower) child for FMLA issues, Dakota Rain. We'll explore some nightmare scenarios DR brings to her employer, and how you as an HR professional should handle and tips to prevent in the future.
This program isn't for the inexperienced HR professional. Attendees that dig legal analysis and fact-based inquiries should attend to identify and resolve more nuanced legal risks embedded in employee requests.

Psyched? We are too!


Julie Pugh is an attorney and a noted national speaker on a variety of legal, labor, and employment topics. Julie's training sessions are recognized for being edgy, vibrant, and innovative. She makes legal education fun, something most think to be impossible.

As a trusted advisor on both labor and employment issues, Julie routinely counsels clients on a variety of legal topics. Her trial experience and continued involvement in the HR community allows her to offer a unique understanding about a client's needs. She truly enjoys her legal practice, as solving problems and supporting strong, ethical employment practices are an important component of her daily life.

Julie received her undergraduate degree from Xavier University and is also a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Law. She is the Vice President of the Greater Cincinnati Human Resources Association (GCHRA) and the President of the Board of Trustee for Cancer Family Care, a local non-profit providing cancer patients and their family members with mental health support. Julie is a recognized as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) by the HR Certification Institute and a Certified Professional by the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM-CP).

Julie lives on the west side of Cincinnati with her husband and fellow Xavier grad, Jeff. A mother of two young boys, Julie is fueled by coffee, tolerant of mischievous cuteness, and an answerer of the eternal question, "why?"

Conference Details

Conference Location
  • Kalahari Resorts
    7000 Kalahari Drive
    Sandusky, Ohio 44870
Date and Time
  • September 13, 2017
    Begins at 9:00 AM
  • Through...
  • September 15, 2017
    Ends at 3:00 PM