January 30: FMLA Breakfast Briefing

The new FMLA regulations go into effect on January 16, 2009.  To help Delaware employers prepare for these significant changes, Young Conaway’s Employment Law Group will host a free breakfast briefing on the new regulations.  The two-hour seminar will be held at our Wilmington, Delaware offices on January 30, 2009, from 9 – 11 a.m.  Delaware employment law attorneys William W. Bowser, Scott A. Holt, and Margaret (Molly) DiBianca will discuss the following:

  • New “military caregiver leave” permitting family members of wounded military personnel to take up to six months of unpaid leave in a 12-month period to care for their relatives during the recovery process
  • New “qualifying exigency leave” permitting families of National Guard members and the reserves to use up to 12 weeks of leave to manage the members’ affairs while they are on active duty
  • New definitions of a “serious health condition”
  • New regulations on  “chronic serious health condition”
  • Prohibitions on direct supervisors contacting the employee’s health care provider about a medical certification
  • Expanding the notice requirements for employers and employees
  • Explaining how employers may settle FMLA claims
  • Stopping employers from charging FMLA time to employees who are on light duty

Due to the expected popularity of this seminar and the limited number of seats, employers are asked to send no more than two representatives.  Registration is open until all seats are filled or until January 23, 2009, whichever is first.  Registration forms can be found on the Young Conaway website.