Webinar Recording: Master the Circus of FMLA – State Law & Employer Policy

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The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) has long stood as the cornerstone of employee rights, offering crucial leave provisions to eligible workers nationwide. However, the landscape of leave programs has evolved, with individual states increasingly taking center stage by implementing their own measures, including unpaid leave mandates, paid family and medical insurance schemes, and provisions for sick or safe leave. This expanding tapestry of regulations has transformed the realm of employee leave into a complex circus of intersecting policies and requirements.

Yet amidst this swirling spectacle, employers must navigate a myriad of challenges as they strive to maintain compliance with both federal and state regulations, while also managing their own internal leave and compensation policies. The modern workplace resembles a bustling circus ring, with HR professionals and managers taking on the roles of skilled Ring Masters, orchestrating the delicate balance between employee needs and operational demands.

In this discussion, we explored how the FMLA is impacted by various other leave programs. From determining what information to request from an employee to how your accrued paid leave policies apply, we equipped attendees with the knowledge and strategies needed to confidently navigate the leave of absence circus.

This webinar was 90 minutes.


  • Daris Freeman, JD, Assistant Vice President and Legal Counsel, Unum
  • Christine Schott, Senior Advisor, FMLA, U.S. Department of Labor


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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