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Labor Department Plans Sept. Employer Seminars on FMLA, Unemployment Insurance 101

For immediate release
August 16, 2010

WETHERSFIELD,  Provisions of the Connecticut’s Family and Medical Leave Act and Unemployment 101 – including the way benefit eligibility is determined and the 3-level hearing/appeal process -- comprise a fall series of seminars planned by employees in the Connecticut Department of Labor’s Office of Program Policy. 

Being held at the agency’s Central Office in Wethersfield, the seminars – which will be held Sept. 17 and 24 respectively, and run from 8 to 11 a.m. – represent the agency’s ongoing outreach and education efforts, according to State Labor Commissioner Linda Agnew. 

“Of interest to members of the state’s business community, each of these seminars provides an opportunity for Connecticut Department of Labor employees to reach out to employers and to provide in-depth and up-to-the minute information about each of these important topics,” she explains. 

Being facilitated by Heidi Lane and Jennifer Devine, attorneys in the Office of Program Policy, the Connecticut’s Family and Medical Leave Act workshop will address such questions as who is covered by FMLA; and how much leave time is available. It will also detail what medical certification is, and explain what kind of notice is required of the employee and the employer. Maria Hagen, an Operations Coordinator, along with David Ricciuti and Susan Crabb, Programs and Services Coordinator of the Office of Program Policy, will conduct the Unemployment Insurance 101 session. It will, among other things, provide a basic introduction to unemployment insurance, address the law of “quits and fires”, and give attendees the opportunity to ask questions about unemployment eligibility issues. 

There is a $25 fee for each seminar. Pre-registration for the Connecticut’s Family and Medical Leave Act seminar is due by Sept 10, while pre-registration for the Insurance 101 seminar is due by Sept. 17.

Individuals planning to attend either of the employer seminars are asked to go to the Agency's Web site at for an application which can be downloaded and sent to the Department of Labor.  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.

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