How to Handle Tricky Employee Absenteeism Problems?
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  • Duration : 60 Minutes
  • Level : Intermediate
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U. Harold Levy is a national and international speaker, trainer, consultant and recognized expert on civil right issues, human resources, leadership and management. Mr. Levy has over 25 years of experience in the profession, most recently as the Eastern Regional Business Enterprise Analyst for the State of Pennsylvania. Some of Harold's clients have included major pharmaceutical corporations, Police Departments, colleges and universities, and state and county government agencies.

Mr. Levy has published several articles on topics relating to Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action, Equity Issues, Civil rights and Human Resource Issues. A graduate of the Pennsylvania State University, Harold Levy has a Bachelor's degree in International Relations, a Master's Degree in Public Administration and is a certified Mediation Counselor. Mr. Levy is the recipient of many awards including the prestigious Administrative Service Award at the University of Minnesota Duluth, and the Tri State Consortium of Opportunity Programs for New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. Mr. Levy is an adjunct Sociology Professor at Northampton Community College and serves in several communities and professional organizations.

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When employees don’t play fair with your organization’s absentee policy and take an unplanned or excessive time off, it causes problems and you need solutions! This webinar will teach you how to create or update your attendance policy which complies with legal standards and which can be flexible enough to meet the demands of different departments or positions. The program will also address federal and state laws that may be implicated in dealing with attendance issues such as the FMLA and ADA.

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize legally protected absences under federal laws
  • Recognize and deal with patterns of abuse
  • Develop strategies to identify and manage leave abuse red flags
  • Importance of a written attendance policy and consistent tracking
  • Explain why you’ve never enforced an absenteeism policy in the past - without being accused of discrimination or harassment
  • Create a bulletproof legal policy when your policy is non-existent or out of date, including lawful “no-fault” attendance policies under FMLA
  • How you can implicate a leave under ADA policy?
  • Costs of excessive absenteeism
  • How should you investigate based on social media post while employee is on FMLA leave?

Who Should Attend

  • HR Generalists, Managers, Directors
  • HR Vice Presidents
  • Labor and Employee Relations Managers
  • Employee Benefit Specialists
  • FMLA Coordinators
  • FMLA Leave Managers
  • HR Professionals
  • FMLA and Leave Management Coordinators

Why Should You Attend

Chronic absenteeism can hurt productivity and profits, while also taking a severe toll on employee morale.

You’ll discover how to not only recognize, but deal with patterns of abuse. The typical reasons behind unnecessary time off, why it deserves your attention and what you can do to prevent it. And you’ll find out what disciplinary steps you can take even in the most sensitive situations and strategies for addressing the most common employee absenteeism problems.

Topic Background

If employee absence is handled incorrectly, it can lead to charges of discrimination, harassment or favoritism. And that not only causes poor morale among employees; it can even leave your organization vulnerable to legal penalties.

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