Human Resources Educational Webinars, Four-Part Series

Join members of ASLRRA’s Human Resources Committee for an in-depth look at human resources issues and best practices in this four part series, presented over the course of three webinars and one in-person session at the upcoming CONNECTIONS Convention. 

 Held once per quarter throughout 2017, the series will cover a range of important HR topics, including Eligibility for Leave Determinations, Managing FMLA, Military Leave Management, and End of Leave Considerations.

Part 1:  Webinar

Friday, March 24, 11:00am-12:00pm EST
Eligibility for Leave Determinations

Join HR Committee members Erica Barnard, PHR, and Lise Ann Ebert, MSL SPHR, for an in-depth discussion focusing on the assessment of and eligibility requirements for various leave determinations, including an analysis of the role your policies play in conjunction with applicable state and federal laws.  Presenters will also discuss the benefits and liabilities of outsourcing leave management.  Attendees will have an opportunity to participate in Q&A at the end of the webinar.

Presented By:  
Erica Barnard, PHR, Human Resources Manager, Lake State Railway Company
Lise Ann Ebert, MSL SPHR, Director of Human Resources, Indiana Rail Road Company

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Part 2:  Convention Breakout Session
Monday, April 24, 2:00-3:00pm
Managing FMLA, Including Suspected FMLA Abuse

Courts across the country have issued critical decisions on an employee's notice of the need for FMLA leave; whether an employee can affirmatively decline FMLA leave; combating FMLA abuse; and caring for a family member. This session will highlight some of the latest FMLA trends and identify practical solutions to help employers stay compliant.  Among other topics, presenters will address:

• Recognizing an employee's need for FMLA leave;

• Whether an employer should designate FMLA leave on occasions when an employee does not want FMLA to apply;

• How to address an employee when you are provided Facebook or other social media posts showing them acting inconsistently with their need for FMLA leave;

• Handling an employee's request for FMLA leave where the employee will care for a family member while on vacation or during out of state travel; and

• The latest on managing FMLA intermittent leave and including useful tools.

Presented By:
Chloé G. Pedersen, Fletcher & Sippell LLC
Carrie Brown Manager of Human Resources, Buckingham Branch Railroad
Rachel A. Atterberry , Partner, Freeborn & Peters, LLC

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Part 3:  Webinar
Date TBD
Military Leave Management:  Special Provisions under Laws Including USERRA and FMLA

This webinar will focus on leave for individuals who are covered by laws such as Uniform Services Employee Rights and Re-Employment Act (“USERRA”) and provisions under the Family Medical Leave Act ("FMLA"). 

Presented By:
David Hankins, HR Director, Anacostia Rail Holdings Company
Lynda Malmborg, Human Resources Director, A&K Railroad Materials. Inc.

Part 4:  Webinar

Thursday, September 14, 2017, 1:00pm

End of Leave Considerations and Transitions

In this final webinar of our four-part series, our speakers will focus on the many varied, overlapping and at times complicated considerations that come into play when employees return from leave.  Topics covered will include legal and practical considerations relating to:  return to work; fitness for duty functional capacity evaluations (FCE); reinstatement; leave, transitions, and other alternatives.  

Presented By:
Bobbi Allen, Director of Human Resources, Iowa Interstate Railroad, Ltd
Tracey Donesky, Attorney, Stinson Leonard Street LLP

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