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Top Ten Best Practices For Managing FMLA Leave

Protect your organization from legal hardships concerning FMLA leave. Know how to successfully manage employees on leave.

The majority of employees nationally now qualify to take leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (the FMLA). Each year tens of millions do. Understanding the regulations implementing this statute is the first step to both compliance and managing employees use of FMLA leave. Learn the best practices for administering your FMLA leave program and coordinating it with your other types of leave. Mastery of these tools, together with proper and consistent application of your leave program, is the key to mitigating your risk of FMLA lawsuits, managing leave usage, and preventing abuse.
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James K. Cowan, Jr.

James K. Cowan, Jr.

CowanPerry PC

  • Chairman and founder of CowanPerry PC in Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia
  • Practice focuses on labor and employment counsel, complex business litigation, land use issues, and commercial real estate projects. He also serves as general outside counsel to numerous businesses
  • Represents a number of employers in the mid-Atlantic region, ranging from high-tech start-ups to large manufacturers
  • More than twenty years litigation experience in federal and state courts across Virginia defending wrongful discharge claims, claims for relief under the Family Medical Leave Act and Fair Labor Standards Act, disability discrimination claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act, age discrimination claims under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and claims of sexual harassment, and race and gender discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
  • Focuses on assisting clients with compliance obligations under the FLSA, FMLA, ADA, ADEA, Title VII, and Executive Order 11246 compliance, including preparation of affirmative action plans and responding to OFCCP audits
  • Frequent speaker and corporate trainer for companies on sexual harassment, employment discrimination, FMLA and ADA compliance, the Fair Labor Standards Act, diversity and affirmative action, conducting workplace investigations, hiring and firing, and union free management
  • Member of the Virginia State Bar; the Virginia Bar Association, Labor Relations and Employment Law Section; board member for the New River Valley Society for Human Resource Management; and currently serves as general counsel to the New River Valley Economic Development Alliance
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America┬«, Labor and Employment Law; selected as a Virginia Super Lawyer in Employment and Labor
  • Can be contacted at 540-443-2860 or [email protected]
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