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 Feb. 26 Seminar Details “Connecticut Family & Medical Leave Act – Basics and Beyond”

For immediate release
January 29, 2009

WETHERSFIELD, New changes to the federal Family Medical Leave Act regulations and their impact on Connecticut employers and employees will be detailed during a Feb. 26 seminar, sponsored by the Connecticut Department of Labor's Office of Program Policy.  

Titled Connecticut’s Family and Medical Leave Act in 2009 Basics and Beyond, the seminar will take place from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the agency’s Wethersfield Central Office, 200 Folly Brook Blvd. in Wethersfield. The continental breakfast and registration check-in will be held from 8 to 8:30 a.m. 

The event, part of the Connecticut Department of Labor's Employer Education Breakfast Seminar series, will include a continental breakfast, along with a wealth of information that employers need to know to better understand both the federal and state versions of the FMLA. 

“We want to provide Connecticut employers with the opportunity to hear the latest information about changes to the Federal Family and Medical Leave Act," explains State Labor Commissioner Patricia H. Mayfield. “This seminar is geared toward human resource professionals, business owners and managers, attorneys and other interested employers employing 75 or more employees.” 

Labor Department attorneys Heidi Lane and Jennifer Devine will address the following topics:

  • Who is covered by the FMLA?

  • How much leave time is available?

  • Is the leave paid or unpaid?

  • May leave be taken on an intermittent basis?

  • What is a serious health condition?

  • What is a medical certification?

  • What notice is required of the employee and the employer?

  • When may an employer request subsequent re-certification?

  • What are an employee’s rights upon returning to work?

"Employers often contact us to clarify aspects of the FMLA,” Lane noted. "Many times, we are asked how much leave time can be given, whether the time away is paid or unpaid, and what constitutes a serious health condition. The new regulations clarify employee eligibility, what notice is required, what rights may be waived, the definition of a serious health condition, and more." 

Individuals planning to attend the breakfast seminar can visit the Agency's Web site at  to download a registration form. The pre-registration fee for the event is $25 and should be received by Feb. 19. The form and check (made payable to “CTDOL”) should be sent to:  Kathy Marioni, Connecticut Department of Labor, Office of Program Policy, 200 Folly Brook Boulevard, Wethersfield, CT 06109.  

Anyone needing special accommodations for the seminar, or having questions regarding the event are asked to contact Kathy Marioni at (860) 263-6758 or

In the event that the Wethersfield Public Schools are closed or the start time is delayed due to inclement weather on Feb. 26, the seminar will be postponed until March 9 at the same time and location.

Media Contact: Nancy Steffens  (860) 263-6535

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

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