Santa Clarita - Effectively Managing Leaves of Absence
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Santa Clarita - Effectively Managing Leaves of Absence

When: Thursday, June 14, 2018
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Where: Embassy Suites Valencia
28508 Westinghouse Place
Valencia, California  91355
United States
Presenter: Lonnie D. Giamela, Esq.
Contact: Eric LaPointe, Esq., SPHR

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PIHRA Santa Clarita

Effectively Managing Leaves of Absence


One of the most complicated and difficult areas of employment law compliance is managing leaves of absence. Drafting compliant policies, providing adequate notice and explanations to employees on a leave of absence, conducting the required interactive process to find a reasonable accommodation, and transitioning an employee back to work following a leave all involve a myriad of laws that Human Resources professionals are required to know, explain and comply with. This presentation will provide attendees a comprehensive analysis by, instead of simply reviewing caselaw, using case examples provided by attendees to explain obligations under state and federal law. The presentation will educate attendees on compliance traps in the leave management process as well as empower attendees with tools and best practices to effective manage leaves of absence.


  • Provide attendees comprehensive understanding both of leave and interactive process obligations under the law;
  • Identify obligations to employees who are on protected leave, transitioning to non-protected leave, on a lengthy leave, or returning to work when a position may not be available; and
  • Utilize case examples by attendees to issue spot frequent areas of potential violations or technical non-compliance.


Program Agenda

11:30am - 12:00pm - Registration, Lunch and Networking
12:00pm -  1:30pm - Program



Lonnie Giamela, Esq., Fisher & Phillips LLP


Lonnie Giamela is a partner in both the Los Angeles and Irvine offices of Fisher & Phillips. His practice is focused on being a “one-stop shop” for businesses of all sizes to address their labor and employment law needs. Lonnie's subject matter expertise ranges from fair employment matters to leave management, Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) litigation, wage and hour compliance, payroll tax audits, mass layoff strategy, management training and litigating matters before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Lonnie has extensive experience representing local, regional and national clients in class action wage-hour lawsuits as well as representative lawsuits brought under California's Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA). Utilizing experiences from his family's restaurants in the San Fernando Valley, Lonnie also provides preventive advice to the companies he represents. His prior business experience assists in finding practical, compliant legal solutions to clients' everyday employee relations issues.



This program has been approved for 1.5 Professional Development Credits (PDCs), towards SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP, through the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

This program has been approved for 1.5 HR (General) recertification credit hours through the HR Certification Institute (HRCI). For more information about certification or recertification, please visit the HR Certification Institute homepage at

The use of this seal confirms that this activity has met HR Certification Institute’s® (HRCI®) criteria for recertification credit pre-approval. 


Registration Rates

Category Pre-Registration Onsite
PIHRA Member $39 $44
Guest/Nonmember $54 $59
PIHRA Member In-Transition $20 $20
PIHRA Student Member $20 $20

Online registration closes on Thursday, June 14, 2018 at 2:00pm. Registrations will also be taken onsite.
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There will be a 50% administration fee for any cancellation. If you need to cancel, we must receive it in writing (email or fax) 2 business days prior to an event during normal business hours. Refunds will not be given to no-shows. Credits will not be issued for use towards future PIHRA events.


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