When Employees are Absent: Sick Leave, FMLA, and Paid Parental Leave: Part 1: Sick Leave


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Managing the uncertainty and increased workload when employees are absent has always been a challenge for federal HR professionals, Employee Relations specialists, and supervisors. Absence doesn’t just occur when an employee is sick. Federal employees enjoy a host of leave-related entitlements, including a large swath of leave tied to family member medical conditions, including sick leave and FMLA. With FMLA, the employee may substitute paid leave, and now with the Federal Employee Paid Leave Act, employees have another type of leave to cover birth and placement. It can all seem quite confusing, but FELTG is here to help.

FELTG Senior Instructor Barbara Haga will provide you with the tools and knowledge to answer the toughest questions on all of these entitlements, and she’ll explain how they overlap. Attendees will learn the necessary steps to ensure that a grievance or adverse action case that arises out of these leave determinations will withstand the scrutiny of the MSPB.

Part 1: Sick Leave                             

Administering sick leave can be complicated, especially the multiple uses for the leave and numerous family members covered.  Proper coverage decisions are critical and acceptable documentation is essential. In this half-day training, Ms. Haga will explain every critical aspect of sick leave from how it is earned and accumulated, to notice requirements and taking action on sick leave issues,  This session will also review regulations regarding offering and ordering medical examinations.

Attendees will learn how to:

  • Determine when medical certification is required and what needs to be in it
  • Take action on sick leave abuse
  • Determine deadlines for submitting sick leave documentation and what happens when deadlines are not met
  • Identify the necessary documentation for and limits of family care sick leave
  • And much more!




Barbara Haga

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