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
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
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.
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.”
Department attorneys Heidi Lane and Jennifer Devine will address the following
Who is covered by the FMLA?
much leave time is available?
the leave paid or unpaid?
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 www.ct.gov/dol
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
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