2018 Washington (Greater Seattle) Chapter Meeting: Sept. 26

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FMLA Compliance Issues & How to Create Training Programs to Minimize Employer Liability

Meeting Overview

September 26, 2018 | 12:00-3:00 pm PT

Join us for our interactive final chapter meeting, where employment attorney Jeff Nowak, author of the FMLA Insights blog, will lead us in a two-hour presentation on recent key FMLA cases critical to our leave law compliance, and provide a roadmap in preparing your own workplace FMLA training program.

As creative employees submit new claims and anxious employers test the waters with new defenses, it’s important to understand recent case law and its impact on employment practices across the country. In the first half of our session, Jeff will review recent major FMLA & ADA case law developments, identify emerging case law trends, and discuss recurring issues that continue to get the court’s attention. You’ll also gather tips and tactics that will keep your organization out of next year’s legal update. In the second half, Jeff will outline the critical considerations in creating your very own FMLA compliance program, providing six components every program should include in order to maximize FMLA compliance. Jeff will be available for a Q&A session after our program.

We hope you will join us for this final chapter meeting on Sept. 26, and for a happy hour following the meeting at nearby Billy Baroo’s Bar & Grill as we say thank you to our friends and members of the Washington (Greater Seattle) chapter!

*Please note this meeting starts one hour later than the usual start time.

DMEC members receive discounts on DMEC chapter meetings. Log in to your DMEC account prior to registering to receive member pricing.

Learning Objectives

  • Gain a greater awareness of what the courts are saying about FMLA compliance, and learn what to implement to minimize workplace liability.
  • Explore the latest trends in training management on FMLA compliance.
  • Discover the components and content of a one-hour FMLA training program for your own managers.


  • Jeff Nowak, Partner, Franczek Radelet, JD  
    Jeff Nowak serves as co-chair of Franczek Radelet’s labor and employment practice, and is widely recognized as one of the nation’s foremost FMLA and ADA experts, regularly counseling clients on compliance with FMLA and ADA regulations. He is also the author of the highly regarded FMLA Insights blog, which has been selected for six consecutive years as one of the top-10 labor and employment blogs in the country. Jeff provides private and public-sector employers with advice and counsel on how to minimize legal risks so they can run their most profitable business and efficient operations without being side-tracked by discrimination claims, strikes, or other workplace issues. Jeff is a frequent national presenter on employment law matters, and brings a depth of experience and practical advice that serves his clients all across the country. Jeff earned his J.D. from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law and his B.A. in political science from Indiana University, where he served as the student body president.


12:00-12:30 pm Registration,  networking, and buffet lunch
12:30-1:30 pm Presentation: FMLA – Recent Case Review
1:30-1:45 pm Presentation: FMLA – Ways to Minimize Employer Liability
1:45-3:00 pm Q&A, closing remarks, and networking


The following CEUs will be offered for this event. Please pick up CEU forms at the end of the meeting.

    • CLMS: 2
    • CPDM: 2

CLMS Logo_RGB_PNGExclusively offered by DMEC, the Certified Leave Management Specialist (CLMS) program is the only professional designation of its kind that provides interactive, hands-on training to ensure your programs effectively comply with state and federal leave laws. Learn more about the CLMS program.


Tukwila Community Center
12424 42nd Avenue South
Tukwila, WA 98168

Free parking is available onsite.

Registration Fees

Your registration for this chapter event includes lunch. Please register by Sept. 24.

Registration Fee
DMEC members $20
Nonmembers $25

DMEC members receive discounts on DMEC chapter meetings. Log in to your DMEC account prior to registering to receive member pricing. Not sure if your organization is a member? Use our online form to verify membership and sign up as an individual under your company’s membership.