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K-12 Schools and FMLA: Understanding The Special Rules That Apply To K-12 Schools

December 14, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm CST


FMLA compliance can be tricky for schools. Not only do schools, like other types of employers, deal with issues relating to calculating intermittent leave, covered military caregiver rules, “qualifying exigency leave,” etc., but there are also additional rules which focus specifically on school compliance with the Family and Medical Leave Act.

Understanding the purpose and provisions of the FMLA
Government entity that enforces the FMLA
Situations that qualify for FMLA
Circumstances covered by the Military Families Provisions for Caregiving and Deployment (“qualifying exigency leave”)
Calculating the applicable 12-month period
Compensation during FMLA leave
Other types of leave that count towards a 12-week FMLA leave
Use of vacation or sick time with an FMLA leave
Job security while on FMLA leave
Special FMLA rules for K-12 schools
Understanding your legal compliance obligations
Definition of “educational institution” under the FMLA
Defining who is an “instructional employee” under the law
What time off counts as leave?
Dealing with teacher leaves of absence that occur near the end of the school year
Handling benefits of teachers on FMLA over the summer
Definition of “academic term”
Know which schools are subject to special rules under FMLA and which are not
Dealing with summer vacation and FMLA
Special rules for intermittent leave
Rules regarding Covered Employers, Eligible Employees, Leave Entitlement, Intermittent Leave, Requesting Leave, Medical Certification, Job Restoration and Treatment of Health Benefits
Case Studies
Calculating intermittent leave in a school setting
Discussion of the difference in requirements for instructional and non-instructional employees
Married employees who work for the same employer
Calculating the 1250 minimum hour requirement for “exempt” teachers
Substitute teachers
Recordkeeping recommendations
Why Should You Attend
There are special rules relating to “instructional employees” of public and private elementary and secondary schools. The law also offers direction relating to how to calculate leave while school is not in session, how to handle requests for leave that are made shortly before the end of a term, and rules for calculating leave in the event two employees who work for the same school system request to take FMLA leave simultaneously. Put together all of the Family and Medical Leave requirements, and complying with the FMLA can be confusing for schools. That confusion leaves little room for error since getting it wrong can expose the school district to substantial risks.

Who Should Attend:
School District Personnel
School Board Members
Human Resources Professionals
Health & Welfare Professionals
Operations Professionals
Principals & Assistant Principals
School Faculty
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