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Employer Seminar Answers Questions About Family Medical Leave Act
Labor Department to host Sept. 28 breakfast session

For immediate release
August 23, 2007

WETHERSFIELD, One of the most important laws impacting the workforce these days – Connecticut's Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) – will be discussed during a Sept. 28 breakfast seminar for employers taking place 8 to 11 a.m. at the Department of Labor's Central Office, 200 Folly Brook Boulevard, Wethersfield.

The seminar, Complying with Connecticut’s Family and Medical Leave Act, is part of the Connecticut Department of Labor's Employer Education Breakfast Seminar series and includes a continental breakfast as well as plenty of information to help employers better understand federal and state workplace laws.

“Area employers are invited to drop by our Central Office for breakfast and valuable information about Connecticut's Family and Medical Leave Act," explains State Labor Commissioner Patricia H. Mayfield. "The seminar is geared toward human resource professionals, business owners and managers, attorneys and other interested employers with 50 or more employees.”

Conducted by Labor Department attorney and subject expert Heidi Lane, the seminar will detail the differences between Connecticut's FMLA law, which has covered employees in this state since 1989, and federal FMLA law, which was enacted in 1993.

"Employers often contact us to clarify aspects of both the state and federal FMLA,” Lane notes. "This seminar provides an opportunity for us to reach out to employers at a time and location that is convenient for them."   According to Lane, questions employers often have include, how much leave time can be given to an employee, whether the time away is paid or unpaid, and what constitutes a serious health condition. The seminar will also address topics such as whether leave can be taken on an intermittent basis and what notice is required of both the employee and the employer. 

Individuals planning to attend the breakfast seminar can go to the Agency's Web site at to download an application that can be sent to the Department of Labor. The pre-registration fee, due by Sept. 21, is $25.  Pre-registration applications and checks should be sent to Kathy Marioni, Connecticut Department of Labor, Office of Program Policy, 200 Folly Brook Boulevard, Wethersfield, CT 06109. Individuals with questions can contact Kathy at (860) 263-6755.

Media Contact: Nancy Steffens  (860) 263-6535

200 Folly Brook Boulevard, Wethersfield, CT 06109 / Phone: 860-263-6000

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