Stopping the Madness: Effective Ways to Protect Your Organization Against Misuse of FMLA and ADA Leave

2018 Employment Law & Legislative Conference
Learn how to use the “honest belief” tool to protect your organization against misuse of FMLA and ADA leave.

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) are known as employee-friendly laws, and employers have often felt unable to do anything but approve leave requests under those laws. But a number of recent cases have illustrated how and when employers can say no to unqualified leave requests. Among these are the “honest belief” cases that allow employers to manage the misuse of these leaves. In this informative session, you will gain practical insights and proven strategies to deal proactively with these issues. In the context of recent cases, you will walk through the impact of these decisions and how employers can reject inappropriate leave requests. You will learn how to:

  • Identify leave requests that do not qualify under the acts.
  • Challenge and reject inappropriate leave requests with confidence.
  • Apply recent “honest belief” cases to support the leave approval and decision-making process.
  • Manage successive leave requests.
  • Deal with a variety of issues that might arise when an employee is on leave.
Date(s) & Time(s): 
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:15pm

Matt Morris

As vice president of FMLASource, Matt is responsible for ComPsych’s FMLA and ADA compliance programs. An employment lawyer by background, Matt has more than 10 years of experience working with employers’ FMLA and ADA administration.
Matt is a frequent speaker on FMLA, state leaves, the ADA and compliance challenges regarding leaves of absence. He was invited by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to participate in a roundtable discussion about FMLA and authored a response to the DOL’s proposed FMLA regulations which was cited 38 times by the DOL in the final rule.  
Prior to his work in FMLA administration, Matt practiced employment law representing both employees and management in employment litigation, and counseling clients on compliance with federal, state and local laws. He received his bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and his J.D. from The University of Michigan Law School in Ann Arbor, Mich. 

Dana Connell


Dana Connell has practiced exclusively in the field of employment law for over 30 years, representing companies in all types of employment matters. He has extensive experience in ADA and FMLA matters, litigating numerous cases, and counseling clients on how to comply with these laws while also calling games-playing employees to account. He has spoken and written extensively on these topics, and has testified before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights regarding the ADA. He is recognized as a Best Lawyer in America, a Leading Lawyer in Illinois and awarded the AV Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell.

Location: Congressional A
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Concurrent Session
HR Expertise
Business Acumen
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