2020 Tools & Tactics Webinar: FMLA Certifications – A Step-by-Step Guide

DMECTools & Tactics, Webinars

Thursday, Nov. 12

9:00 am PT | 12:00 pm ET

The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) has been around for 25 years, but employers still struggle with several administrative aspects of the law. Employers regularly report confusion around managing the certification process, which is the cornerstone of successful FMLA administration. Join us for a deep dive into FMLA certifications, and leave feeling confident in your abilities to navigate this crucial process!

Experts will guide attendees through several common challenges when evaluating various FMLA certifications. This session will explore considerations for the use of the Department of Labor’s model forms, parameters around the use of information from other benefit programs, and concerns for healthcare provider statements. You’ll leave with an understanding of what is necessary or can be requested for various qualifying events such as the employee’s own serious health condition (SHC), a family member’s SHC, bonding events, military exigency, and military caregiver leave.

This session will equip you to respond appropriately when the information provided is insufficient or incomplete to obtain the necessary detail. Then, once certified, we’ll walk through what considerations should be contemplated for recertification, such as excessive intermittent leave frequency and duration and/or absence patterns.

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

Learning Objectives

  • Identify key considerations when evaluating various FMLA certifications.
  • Gain an understanding of what information is necessary or can be requested on FMLA certifications.
  • Describe the correct process when the provided information is insufficient or incomplete.


Bryon Bass, SVP, Workforce Absence, Sedgwick

Mr. Bass is the senior vice president of workforce absence at Sedgwick. In this position, he is responsible for overseeing disability and absence management product standards and compliance, quality, and disability payroll. Previously, Bryon was the director of integrated disability management at Pacific Gas and Electric where he oversaw companywide integrated delivery of disability and absence management services, comprised of self-insured/self-administered workers’ compensation, fitness for duty, leave of absence, accommodation and time-off programs. Bryon has a wide range of experience in health and productivity management, both from an employer benefits role perspective as well as third party administration. His responsibilities have included client relationships, service operations, and product management for disability and absence management products. Bryon has also been active as an author and seminar leader dealing with FMLA implementation, corporate health and wellness strategies, workers’ compensation metrics, and disability program design.


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.

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

DMEC members receive free registration for webinars. 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.

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