July 6, 2017
Hello Leaders!

Please review the important information regarding HIPAA and Workers Compensation as it is my goal to keep you informed, and ensure you avoid costly HR Mistakes.  

As always, call me at (810) 813-8732 for any questions or assistance with HR issues. Have a fantastic week!  

Vanessa G. Nelson

Various Disclosures Permitted without Individual Authorization

Employers are reminded that the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) permits disclosures of an individual's health information for workers' compensation purposes. Most notably, HIPAA permits covered entities--including health care providers and their business associates--to disclose the health information of an individual to workers' compensation insurers, employers, state administrators, and other persons or entities involved in workers' compensation systems, without the authorization of the individual.

Permitted Disclosures without Authorization
Disclosures without the authorization of the individual are permitted in the following circumstances: 

  • As authorized by, and to the extent necessary to comply with, laws relating to workers' compensation or similar programs established by law that provide...

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Bring your confusing FMLA cases to this FMLA Abuse Webinar Workshop! 

Confusing regulations, along with numerous changes to the FMLA law, plus conflicting court decisions, cause FMLA to be one of the biggest compliance headaches for employers. A major FMLA frustration for employers is knowing what to do when an employee appears to be abusing FMLA; including fraudulently using approved leave for non-FMLA purposes. Many employers feel helpless.  

It is crucial that employers identify and terminate FMLA abusers; however, employers must proceed with caution when dealing with FMLA abuse; as the cost of violating the law can be massive. For instance, a fired Chase Manhattan Regional Manager won a federal jury verdict of more than $2.2 million in an employment discrimination suit alleging violation of the Family and Medical Leave Act.  

Employees who abuse FMLA can create a negative impact on company‚Äôs productivity, cause problems with customer service and employee morale; as well as trigger increased costs via administration, overtime, covering shifts, etc. Some employers report experiencing as much as a 30% absenteeism rate, on any given day, due to FMLA abuse. 

This webinar will assist employers with effective strategies to identify, investigate, and terminate FMLA abusers. Additionally, employers will learn when it is appropriate to deny FMLA requests.