2019 Virtual Education Forum Webinar: New Year’s Resolution – Master the FMLA Forms

DMECVirtual Education Forum, Webinars

Tuesday, Jan. 22

9:00 am PT | 12:00 pm ET

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) medical certification form and other required notices can prove challenging for employers. Evaluating the information provided and making an accurate determination of leave can feel like a daunting task. But you do not need a medical degree to decipher the information.

This session will provide up-to-the-minute information about the Department of Labor (DOL) medical certification form and other DOL FMLA notices, and address the most common challenges and questions identified by employers. We will also discuss applicable case law, and highlight recent DOL opinion letters to assist you in staying abreast of current FMLA guidance.

This webinar will be 90 minutes to accommodate additional Q&A.

DMEC members receive free registration for webinars. Log in to your DMEC account prior to registering to receive member pricing.

Learning Objectives

  • Gain an understanding of the requirements of the FMLA forms and employer responsibilities.
  • Identify what information can be requested and how to confirm or clarify missing information.
  • Explore the requirements for employers under the FMLA.


HelenApplewhaiteHelen Applewhaite, Branch Chief, U.S. Department of Labor

Helen M. Applewhaite is the branch chief of the FMLA and other labor standards branch (FMLA-OLS) for the U.S. Department of Labor’s wage and hour division in Washington, D.C. Ms. Applewhaite directs a small staff dedicated to providing subject-matter expertise on the application of the provisions of several key laws that provide workers protections in balancing the demands of the workplace and needs of their families. The FMLA-OLS branch interacts with the public daily, providing telephone technical assistance, outreach to employers, employees, and other stakeholders, and responses to written inquiries. The branch also interacts regularly with agency field enforcement staff and specialists to guide and assist in the consistent and effective enforcement of these provisions of the law. Ms. Applewhaite has 24 years of experience with the wage and hour division, beginning her career as an investigator working in Virginia and West Virginia. She has worked with the FMLA policy branch for over 17 years, and oversees the development of all national policies and procedures in all areas of the FMLA.

AngleaRipperAngela Ripper, Assistant Vice President and Special Counsel, Unum

Ms. Ripper has worked for Unum for 22 years. In 2000, she helped build the leave management center, a unit within Unum that administers FMLA and state leave laws for employers and customers, which now covers 1.6 million lives and administers 227 state leave laws. She continues to provide legal support for the leave management center and has done so since its inception. Ms. Ripper speaks at seminars nationally on FMLA and ADA, and is featured annually by DMEC with a representative from DOL to speak on FMLA. She is a certified trainer for SHRM and CE credit. Ms. Ripper advises HR on decisions ranging from initial hires to disciplinary actions to termination. She also advises on RIF’s, reviews contracts, and advises the leave management center on the FMLA and the ADA. Additionally, she negotiates contracts for service for the leave management center. Ms. Ripper received her BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1986 and her JD from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1989.


This session qualifies for the following CEUs: 1 CLMS, 1 CPDM, 1 PHR, and 1 SHRM. To qualify for CEU credit:

  • You must attend the full duration of the webinar. Following the webinar and once attendance has been confirmed, you will receive an email with CEU reporting information.
  • You must register for and watch the webinar individually. Group participation does not qualify CEU credit.

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.

Registration Fees

Registration Fees
DMEC members Free
Nonmembers $29.99

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