January 2016 Employer Webinar

FMLA and ADA in 2016: An Employer's Basic Guide to Leave Management

Tuesday, January 12, 2016 | 2:00 p.m. ET / 11:00 a.m. PT

The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) requires covered employers to permit eligible employees to take unpaid job-protected leave under certain circumstances. This can create a variety of questions as it relates to the employee’s benefits and FMLA’s interplay with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).

This webinar will:

  • Discuss which employers are subject to FMLA and which employees are protected by FMLA
  • Discuss which group health plans are subject to FMLA
  • Discuss the FMLA medical certification process
  • Highlight the difference between paid and unpaid FMLA leave, and the substitution of paid leave for unpaid FMLA
  • Provide insight on how paid and unpaid FMLA leave impact an employee’s status as full-time or part-time under the ACA’s monthly measurement and look back methods used by applicable large employers
  • Provide best practices on recovering the employee’s portion of their health premium
  • Discuss the interplay of FMLA and COBRA
  • Provide best practices on FMLA disclosures in summary plan descriptions and the summary of benefits and coverage
  • Discuss how to handle FMLA when two employees are married
  • Provide best practices when employers who are not obligated to offer FMLA reference its protections in their employee handbooks or materials

This 90-minute beginner to intermediate level webinar will help employers understand how to properly design and administer their plans to remain FMLA compliant.

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Kristina H. Vaquera

Presenter - Kristina H. Vaquera

Kristina H. Vaquera is a Shareholder in the Norfolk, Virginia, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. Her practice focuses exclusively on labor and employment counseling and litigation.

Ms. Vaquera represents employers in federal and state court lawsuits and agency investigations and charges covering a wide range of statutes and subjects, including anti-discrimination and civil rights laws, wrongful termination claims, wage and hour laws, covenants not to compete, leave of absence claims, negligent hire/retention, and breaches of fiduciary duty and contract. Ms. Vaquera has litigated class and collective actions, including FLSA, FCRA, and discrimination class actions. She also represents clients in mediation and arbitration before various national and state entities.

As part of Ms. Vaquera’s counseling practice, she provides daily counseling and training to management to help employers avoid litigation. She assists clients with employment agreements, handbooks, background checks and drug testing issues, and disciplinary action. She represents employers before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, National Labor Relations Board, Department of Labor, and numerous state agencies, such as the Virginia Employment Commission, Virginia Department of Labor and Industry, Virginia Department of Housing Discrimination, and Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission.