Employer Seminar Answers
Questions About Family Medical Leave Act
Labor Department to host Sept. 28 breakfast session
For immediate release
August 23, 2007
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.
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.
planning to attend the breakfast seminar can go to the Agency's Web site
www.ct.gov/dol 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