February 1, 2016 @ 8:00 am – February 5, 2016 @ 4:30 pm America/New York Timezone
International Student House (ISH) – Ella Burling Hall
1825 R St NW
Washington, DC 20009

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Newly redesigned to reflect the current, relevant topics related to employees who aren’t at work, this week brings together everything involving one of the most complex areas of federal sector employment law: absences from the workplace. Topics include employee leave, leave abuse, and medical issues as they relate to unacceptable performance and conduct, sick leave, annual leave, leave without pay, absence without leave, FMLA, ADA, OWCP, and telework.


William Wiley, Deborah Hopkins, Barbara Haga, Rock Rockenbach.

Daily Agenda:

Monday – Leave Use & Abuse Overview

Types of leave and leave entitlements, overviews of Family Medical Leave Act leave, Office of Workers Compensation Program absences and leave as a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act, medical determinations, leave abuse, related offenses and controlling principles from case law.

Tuesday – Labor Relations & Other Leave

The impact of collective bargaining on leave-related issues, including negotiability of leave proposals, and relevant rulings of the Federal Labor Relations Authority and the Federal Service Impasses Panel; administrative leave; forced leave; funeral leave; military leave; miscellaneous leave scenarios.

Wednesday FMLA Law & Policy

Federal sector FMLA basics, military family leave, serious health condition developments, medical certification issues, managing intermittent FMLA leave; discipline, FMLA and the under-performer; and employee notice issues.

Thursday Medical Issues Under the ADA

The ADA Amendments Act had a sweeping impact on the collection of employee medical information.  Gary Gilbert and Ernest Hadley cover pre and post-employment medical exams and inquiries under the ADA and the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act of 2008 (GINA), conditional offers of employment, medical documentation requests for reasonable accommodation, direct threat and other medical conditions, and the new “regarded as” provision of the ADA.

Friday Approved Absences Management

Establishing Alternative and Compressed Work Schedules, teleworking, leave as a reasonable accommodation for disabilities, leave as a religious accommodation, monitoring employee performance and conduct away from the worksite.


  • 5 days = $2050
  • 4 days = $1680
  • 3 days = $1290
  • 2 days = $910
  • 1 day = $490

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