Meritas Capabilities Webinar

Absence, Leave and Disability Management: A Roadmap to Improve Your Leave Program and Enhance Compliance with State & Federal Law

Date: Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. U.S. Central Time
Presented by: Amy Blaisdell
Assisted by: Eric Eickmeyer

In this economic environment, employers struggle to strike a balance between improving the financial bottom line and promoting a positive working environment for their associates.  This balancing act is regularly complicated by employee absences and leaves due to temporary or long-term illness, injury or disability.

Understanding how the various leave laws, including the ADA, FMLA, ERISA, state worker’s compensation and other state leave laws overlap can be daunting even to the skilled practitioner.  At best, employers hope they are compliant with the law. They rarely have time to devote to developing a plan to improve their leave administration process.

During this presentation, Ms. Blaisdell and Mr. Eickmeyer will discuss steps that employers can take to:

  1. improve the process of administering leaves of absence – particularly intermittent Family and Medical Leaves,
  2. improve compliance with the ever-expanding Americans with Disabilities Act, and
  3. reduce the impact of absence on the workplace.

Ms. Blaisdell will also provide a roadmap to help employers and legal practitioners navigate federal and state leave laws.


About the Presenters

Amy Blaisdell is a partner in the Labor & Employment Practice Group.  Ms. Blaisdell focuses her practice in providing clients with practical day-to-day human resources and employee benefits advice.  Ms. Blaisdell frequently advises employers regarding compliance with various federal and state laws impacting leave rights, including the ADA, FMLA, ERISA, the FLSA, state worker’s compensation and other state leave laws. Ms. Blaisdell routinely advises employers regarding how to properly administer leave rights that may be impacted by multiple different laws and employee benefits plans. She devotes a significant part of her practice to assisting employers with improving the processes of administering their leave programs.

Mr. Eickmeyer is an associate in the Litigation Practice Group.  He has over 23 years of experience in workers' compensation defense representing self-insured employers as well as employers and insurers at all stages of litigation in both Missouri and Illinois.  He has handled cases at both the trial and appellate level and has successfully argued cases before both the Labor and Industrial Relations Commission and Missouri Court of Appeals.

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