Return-to-Work Policies and Practices:
A Legal Workshop

Back to Work

Let's say employees who were out on FMLA leave, emergency leave, workers' comp or furlough during the current crisis are finally ready to return to work. What now?

  • Can you require a fitness-for-duty medical exam?
  • What type of "reasonable" accommodation must you provide (intermittent leave)?
  • Must the person be returned to the SAME position … or is similar OK?
  • When can you terminate employees before (or after) their return?

Those are just a few of the complex legal questions you face with return-to-work issues in the weeks and months ahead. And you can't just get SOME of them correct – one mistake can lead to a multi-million-dollar lawsuit.

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You'll discover how to legally handle the most dangerous issues presented when employees return after leave. This in-depth session will examine the intersection of all related laws – FMLA, ADA, workers' comp, state leave laws, etc. – and how to make air-tight legal decisions in complex situations.

You'll learn:

  • The elements of a legally smart (and effective) employee-leave program
  • When (and how) to use fitness-for-duty exams
  • 5 key leave laws and how to apply them in return-to-work cases
  • How the new FMLA paid leave and emergency leave law comes into play
  • When you MUST offer intermittent leave after the person returns
  • How pregnancy leaves carry special RTW risks
  • Common (and costly) return-to-work mistakes
  • When you can say "no" to employee reinstatements
  • Why your "100% healed" policy will get you 100% sued
  • And much more!

One of the biggest – yet most controllable – costs associated with employee leave is lost time from work due to a disability. Having a successful RTW program is vital – but those returns can also trigger some truly expensive and messy lawsuits.

Take an hour to discover the legally safe, best-practice strategies for bringing employees back after injury, illness or other type of leave. This is a confusing topic, so stop wondering if you're handling things correctly … start complying with confidence! Get your copy of Return-to-Work Policies and Practices now!



Pat DiDomenico, Editorial Director
HR Specialist

P.S. Your satisfaction is unconditionally guaranteed. If Return-to-Work Policies and Practices fails to meet your needs, we will refund every penny you paid – no hassles, no questions asked.

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About Your Speaker:


Lara de Leon is a partner with the employment law firm Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete. Her extensive legal career has involved representing companies of all sizes, across many industries, in all aspects of employment law. Lara has successfully defended clients in the courtroom, before administrative agencies, and on appeal. In addition to litigation, Lara has spent her two-plus decades of experience partnering with clients to counsel them through complex issues involving discrimination, retaliation, accommodation, and wage and hour compliance. Lara has also developed a passion for guiding clients through high-stakes matters involving pay equity, harassment, leave of absence and accommodations. Lara is licensed in both California and Texas, and is Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

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