Understand Your Employer FMLA Responsibilities

    Staying compliant with family leave employment laws are a responsibility of a small business owner and potentially expensive if ignored. Learn the substantial differences between the federal and Connecticut versions of the Family Medical Leave Act and the related CT Paid Leave law. Understand employee eligibility criteria and how serious health conditions are defined. And review the requirements for providing notice to staff and the length of leave time employees may be entitled to request.

    Heidi Lane is the Legal Director at the Connecticut Department of Labor and has served the Department for 31 years and state government for 37 years. She provides legal counsel to the executive administration, directors and staff at the department. Her areas of expertise include: FMLA, Paid Leave, personnel files, misclassification of workers such as independent contractors, meal period regulations; electronic surveillance and monitoring, and minors in the workplace.

    Erin O’Brien Choquette is the Chief Executive Office of the Connecticut Paid Leave Authority, having previously served as the Authority’s Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel. Prior to joining the Connecticut Paid Leave Authority, Ms. Choquette worked at the Department of Administrative Services for 14 years, in various roles including directing the agency’s legislative and general legal functions.  Ms. Choquette practiced law for several years at Robinson+Cole, where she focused on employer counseling and the litigation of employment-related claims as well as disability insurance litigation.