Webinar Recording: New Year, New Insights – Challenges and Best Practices

Jennifer NelsonResources, VEF Archives


The importance of leave was reinforced during 2020 with the unprecedented circumstances brought on by COVID-19. Human resource professionals nationwide were once again tasked with understanding and navigating multiple leave laws, while guiding their workforce through the complexity. Determining eligibility, applicability, and interactions between the various legislation challenged HR.

To assist in navigating the complex maze, the wage and hour division of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published COVID-19 guidance, including numerous Q&As — addressing the Families First Coronavirus Relief Act (FFCRA) paid leave provisions, application of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and issues arising from COVID-19 impacts.

In this session, we examined the DOL’s 2020 FMLA Request for Information (RFI), including comments reflecting challenges and best practices. Additionally, the DOL released simplified FMLA forms that employers can use during the FMLA process. We reviewed applicable case law and highlighted recent DOL opinion letters to assist in staying abreast of FMLA guidance.


  • Helen Applewhaite, Branch Chief, U.S. Department of Labor
  • Angela Ripper, Assistant Vice President, Special Counsel, Unum


This webinar qualifies for the following CEUs:  1 ADMS, 1 CDMS, 1 CLMS, 1 PHR and 1 SHRM. If you are interested in receiving continuing education credit for the recorded webinar, you will need to watch the full webinar, and then download your certificate of attendance from the “Webinar Recording and Continuing Education” tab.

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