Human Resources

The Real World of FMLA

  • 02/28/2019
  • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Merket Alumni Center


  • Current Members of SHRM Chapter #186

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Guest Speaker: Matthew Effland

Matt is the Vice President – Employment Counsel for KAR Auction Services, Inc., an international collection of companies that provides wholesale buyers and sellers of preowned vehicles a comprehensive set of remarketing solutions based in Carmel, Indiana. A 1999 alumnus of the Texas Tech School of law, Matt’s career before KAR involved representing management at firms in California, Florida and Indiana before taking his practice in-house. Matt was a frequent SHRM National Conference speaker, presenting at the Society’s annual conference every year from 2006-2013, and again in 2015.


   Program Details:

FMLA in the Real World

Even after 25 years, the Family Medical Leave Act of 1993 (“FMLA”) is a law that defies easy understanding or application. While simple in concept – give sick employees time to recover without fear of losing their job – neither the black letter of the law nor multiple versions of defining regulations provide much guidance for HR practitioners who struggle to advise their operational partners on when exactly someone is entitled to take time off. This presentation will help HR partners grapple with the inherent ambiguity of the FMLA by addressing real-life examples that defy easy application of the regulations. It discusses some of the more common rules and provides advice on the best practices for handling the difficult – but all too common – situations involving employee leave in the modern workplace.


  1. Review of most common situations involving potential use of the FMLA
  2. Understanding how to apply the Act to real world situations that are not contemplated in the regulations
  3. Give ideas to attendees to help them evaluate and resolve issues in their businesses without running afoul of the complex workplace leave legal environment


SHRM Recertification Credit: 1


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 HRCI Recertification Credit: 1   
























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