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UBA Webinar: Curbing FMLA Abuse

Posted by: Bill Olson    July 10, 2014 at 11:08 AM

Unum and United Benefit Advisors offer Webinar on Top FMLA Mistakes and Suggested Best Practices 

Indianapolis, Ind., [July 10, 2014] --  The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA) regulations are complex, but employers need to know the laws so they can adopt leave policies that prevent abuse while maintaining compliance. Employers often fall into the same traps for failure to review the regulations carefully and administer leave requests appropriately. United Benefit Advisors (UBA) and Unum are hosting a WisdomWorkplace webinar for HR professionals and employers, titled, “Curbing FMLA Abuse” on Thursday, July 10, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. ET / 11:00 a.m. PT.

Webinar attendees will learn the top 10 mistakes employers make that allow FMLA abuse and create liability for employers, learn best practices and tips to avoid these mistakes, and become more compliant with FMLA regulations.

The top 10 FMLA employer mistakes are:

1.    Improperly determining eligibility 
2.    Deeming employees FMLA eligible 
3.    Failure to provide required notices 
4.    Using a calendar year 12-month period 
5.    Failure to calculate leave entitlement appropriately 
6.    Failure to properly designate FMLA time 
7.    Inappropriate use of medical certifications 
8.    Failure to request a new certification and re-determine eligibility in a new leave year 
9.    Improper use of re-certifications 
10.  Failure to monitor intermittent leaves closely

For further details on the top 10 mistakes, see UBA’s blog at http://bit.ly/1qBKyt1.

To register for the webinar, “Curbing FMLA Abuse,” go to http://bit.ly/1pJqIfR and enter code UNUMUBA for a $149 discount. This webinar has been submitted to the Human Resource Certification Institute to qualify for 1.25 recertification credit hours.

About the Presenter

Angela A. Ripper, Assistant Vice President and Senior Counsel, Unum Group 
Ms. Ripper has worked for Unum Group for 18 years. In 2000, she helped start the Leave Management Center, a unit within Unum Group that administers FMLA and state leave laws for employers/customers. She continues to provide legal support for the Leave Management Center and has done so since its inception. Ms. Ripper speaks at seminars nationally on FMLA and has been featured by DMEC with a representative from DOL to speak on FMLA.

About United Benefit Advisors

United Benefit Advisors is the nation’s leading independent employee benefits advisory organization with more than 200 offices throughout the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. As trusted and knowledgeable advisors, UBA Partners collaborate with nearly 2000 fellow professionals to deliver expertise, thought leadership, and best-in-class solutions that positively impact employers and make a real difference in the lives of their employees and families. Employers, advisors, and industry-related organizations interested in obtaining powerful results from the shared wisdom of our Partners should visit UBA online at http://www.UBAbenefits.com.


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Carina Sammartino 
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