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Seminar on Complying With Connecticut’s Family and Medical Leave Act is Jan. 8

For immediate release
November 30, 2009

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 Jan. 8 employer breakfast seminar at the state Department of Labor's Wethersfield office, 200 Folly Brook Boulevard.   

Titled Complying with Connecticut’s Family and Medical Leave Act, the seminar will be held from 8 to 11 a.m. and begins with a continental breakfast. The session is geared toward human resource professionals, business owners and managers, attorneys and other employers with 50 or more employees and will include time for participant questions.  

Heidi Lane and Jennifer Devine, attorneys in the agency’s Office of Program Policy, 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 and amended in 2009.  

According to Lane, the seminar provides an opportunity for employers to get definite answers to 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.

$25 pre-registration fee, due by Dec. 31, can be sent to Kathy Marioni, Connecticut Department of Labor, 200 Folly Brook Boulevard, Wethersfield, CT 06109.  Pre-registration applications can be obtained and downloaded from the agency’s Web site at

Individuals with additional questions can contact Kathy via email at or by phone at (860) 263-6755. Persons needing special accommodations are requested to contact the agency at least one week prior to the event.

In the event of inclement weather, individuals planning to attend should follow the lead of the Wethersfield Public School System. If schools are delayed or cancelled for the day, the seminar will be postponed until a later date.

Subsequent seminars in the winter series include The Essentials of Connecticut Wage and Hour Law on Feb. 5, and Unemployment Insurance 101 on March 12.

Media contact: Nancy Steffens  (860) 263-6535

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

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