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FMLA/CFRA Certification Mistakes You Never Want to Make: How to Tell if Your Practices Are Unlawful and What to Do to Correct Them

FMLA/CFRA Certification Mistakes You Never Want to Make: How to Tell if Your Practices Are Unlawful and What to Do to Correct Them

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FMLA/CFRA Certification Mistakes You Never Want to Make: How to Tell if Your Practices Are Unlawful and What to Do to Correct Them

Live Webinar: Tuesday, February 27, 2018

10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Pacific

WEBINAR SNAPSHOT: Learn FMLA/CFRA certification mistakes to avoid and what to do if you uncover administration practices that could expose your company to legal liability under state and federal law.


Medical certifications are used to help HR evaluate whether leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) must be granted and for how long. They are also useful for helping employers combat FMLA/CFRA abuse and fraud. 

But companies commonly misuse these medical certifications and the information gleaned from them, creating legal risks. There are also strict limits on what you can request, and when. 

Join us on February 27 when two skilled California-based labor and employment attorneys will explain the compliance tripwires to avoid when requesting medical certifications, determining whether to grant FMLA/CFRA leave based on what the medical certification says (or doesn’t say), and more. 

You’ll learn: 

  • Notice requirements concerning medical certifications in California 
  • What you can and can’t do when you receive incomplete or vague certifications under state and federal law 
  • How to handle certification issues when an employee’s need for leave is the serious health condition of a family member 
  • Certification requirements for intermittent or reduced schedule leave under California and federal law 
  • The right way to challenge a medical certification under FMLA/CFRA regulations 
  • Mistakes to avoid concerning fitness-for-duty certifications 
  • Best practices for obtaining medical recertification under FMLA/CFRA regulations 
  • The consequences of an employee’s failure to provide sufficient medical certification in support of the need for FMLA/CFRA leave 

About Your Presenters

Mark Schickman, Esq.Mark Schickman, Esq. 
Of Counsel 
Freeland, Cooper & Foreman LLP 

Mark I. Schickman is a partner at Freeland Cooper & Foreman LLP in San Francisco. He is the Editor of the California Employment Law Letter and has written and appeared in numerous employment training videos. He concentrates on employment and labor law, litigating every type of employment matter, handling charges before California and Federal administrative agencies and providing advice in avoiding liability for discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, union-related charges, and all other aspects of the employment relationship. He is a member of the blue ribbon employment arbitration panel of the America Arbitration Association and has written about and taught labor and employment law across the country. 

Mr. Schickman represents California on the American Bar Association's Board of Governors and has served as president of the Bar Association of San Francisco and as governor of the State Bar of California—posts that keep him focused on the entire employment law landscape in California. 

Cathleen S. Yonahara, Esq.Cathleen S. Yonahara, Esq. 
Freeland Cooper & Foreman LLP 

Cathleen Yonahara, a partner with San-Francisco based Freeland Cooper & Foreman LLP, received her law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of Law in 1999. She concentrates her practice on labor and employment law, including Title VII, FEHA, ADA, ADEA, FMLA, CFRA, and the California Labor Code. Cathleen has represented clients before federal and state courts, the EEOC, the DFEH, the California Labor Commissioner and other government agencies. Her employment litigation practice includes claims of discrimination, harassment, failure to accommodate, retaliation, wrongful termination, unfair competition, wage and hour violations, and breach of contract. Ms. Yonahara’s practice also includes counseling clients on all aspects of the employment relationship from hiring to termination. She is an experienced speaker on labor and employment law matters, such as complying with California employment laws, preventing sexual harassment, legally managing leaves of absences, and wage and hour compliance. She is also the assistant editor of the California Employment Law Letter

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