2021 Tools & Tactics Webinar: True FMLA Stories from Recent Court Opinions

Jennifer NelsonTools & Tactics, Webinars

Tuesday, Sept. 14

9:00 am PT | 12:00 pm ET

When dealing with leaves of absence, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) statute sets the framework, while the regulations provide more detail, and the Department of Labor’s (DOL) opinion letters give us the government’s side of the story. But there’s more to FMLA compliance than that. In FMLA lawsuits, the rubber really meets the road with the resulting court opinions. Consider the case about the employer who fired two employees (husband and wife) for taking intermittent leave on the same day to attend their daughter’s field trip. Or the employee who was terminated for driving a Hummer vehicle and lifting a child contrary to weight bearing restrictions during FMLA leave. In these cases, the employer didn’t always win.

Join us for this session as we explore how employers fare in FMLA lawsuits, the lessons learned, and the absolute latest in FMLA case law.

DMEC members receive free registration for webinars.

Learning Objectives

  • Gain an understanding of how courts apply the FMLA and its regulations to FMLA claims for interference and retaliation.
  • Explore situations in which an employer should avoid an immediate reaction and give more consideration to the claim.
  • Discover practical advice based on case law regarding how employer policies can minimize FMLA abuse.


Marti Cardi, Esq.
VP, Product Compliance
Matrix Absence Management

Marti Cardi is the vice president of product compliance for Matrix Absence Management. She is responsible for ensuring that the company’s absence management and accommodation services for outsourcing employers are offered in compliance with the FMLA, the ADA, and other federal and state laws. Prior to Matrix, Marti worked as chief compliance officer at Reed Group, Ltd. Marti designed and was the lead editor and co-author for LeaveAdvisor, a comprehensive on-line reference tool for state and federal leave management. Marti started her career with major Denver law firms. She transitioned to in-house employment counsel for a national child-care company and then for Sports Authority, a national sporting goods company. Marti received her J.D. from the University of Colorado School of Law.

Armando Rodriguez
Compliance Attorney
Matrix Absence Management

Armando Rodriguez has been with Matrix Absence Management for over four years, first as a claims examiner and supervisor, now as an attorney on the Matrix legal and compliance team. Prior to joining Matrix, Armando worked for the state of Florida, managing claims under the social security disability program where he supervised a team of eight examiners. Armando earned a bachelor's degree from Florida International University, a masters from Norwich University, and his J.D. from Nova Southeastern University. He is also a certified emergency medical technician. 

Lana Rupprecht
Director, Product Compliance
Matrix Absence Management

Lana Rupprecht recently joined Matrix Absence Management as director of product compliance. Lana has been practicing employment law for over 18 years, representing large and small businesses and government entities.  Lana worked as in-house employment counsel for The Western Union Company for over eight years where she developed a deep understanding of the challenges associated with managing employee absences, leave entitlements, and requests for disability accommodation for a global workforce. Lana received her undergraduate and J.D. degrees from the University of Denver.


This session qualifies for the following CEUs: 1 ADMS, 1 CDMS, 1 CLMS, 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 for CEU credit.

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Registration Fees

Registration Fees
DMEC members Free
Nonmembers $29.99

DMEC members receive free registration for webinars. 

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