Complexity and frustration are two words our clients use when complying with Family and Medical Leave Acts. Even if you have been doing FMLA administration for a while, you may still have some areas that concern you. 

This interactive workshop will delve into solutions and responses to more complex issues often encountered by people who administer both the Federal and Wisconsin FMLA.  We will review the areas where the employer can take action in reducing abuse (ie:  initial review and challenging certifications, when to talk to the treating physician, investigations, etc.). 

Whether you are new to FMLA or even if you have been administering it for many years, this session will help you:

  • Have a more thorough understanding of the employer’s rights when abuse is suspected
  • Handle situations in which the FMLA cert is not returned, incomplete, late, etc.
  • Deal with the complexities of intermittent leave law and the areas in which you have options
  • Conduct an investigation to determine if FMLA abuse has occurred
  • Conduct a self-audit of your FMLA process
  • Be aware of recent court cases and decisions in FMLA
Karen Bender

Presented by: Karen Bender, SPHR-SCP, CEBS

Human Resources Consultant

Karen joined Hausmann-Johnson Insurance in 2017 with over 30 years of Human Resources experience. Her experience includes regulatory compliance (FMLA, EEO, FLSA, HR, and Safety), benefits, wage and salary administration, employee relations, training, and payroll. The majority of her industry experience is in insurance and manufacturing and she is knowledgeable in both union and non-union environments.

Karen also provides training services to the UW-Madison Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in HR areas and instructs a class for the UW-Madison Division of Continuing Studies. Further, she developed and teaches courses targeted at providing small businesses (less than 100 employees) with general HR guidance and employment law review to help them maintain compliance and improve their processes.

Karen enjoys working outside, spending time with family, reading, and traveling. She has traveled to 23 foreign countries so far including hiking throughout Europe, a 1,000 mile snowmobile trip in Canada, and exploring off the beaten path in China.

"The content was great and very engaging for many hours!"
- Recent FMLA Workshop Participant