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    Monthly Membership Meeting

    Date: April 10, 2012, 11:30am – 1:00pm
    Melissa Cornwell
    Five Point Credit Union, Port Arthur
    Free to Members; Guest - $20
    Event Type:
    Monthly Meeting
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    Wendy Carmichael joined USI Southwest’s Houston office in January 2006 as in-house ERISA Counsel, focused on helping the benefits department and clients stay compliant with requirements of various benefits laws.  Before joining USI, Wendy was in private practice at Courtney & Associates, P.C. She has practiced exclusively in employee benefits law since 1999. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas and Houston Bar Association.

    In her current position, Wendy monitors changes in benefits laws (HIPAA, COBRA, health care reform, etc.), provides assistance to clients with respect to specific legal questions (discrimination, privacy, etc.), makes presentations and conducts seminars to distribute legislative requirements, and writes weekly updates covering new developments and general issues regarding welfare plans, among many other things.

    Wendy earned her BA from Vanderbilt University and her JD from the University of Oregon School of Law.

    Here is an outline of the presentation:

    This Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) workshop will instruct HR professionals how to protect employee rights while maintaining the integrity of corporate attendance, disciplinary, and operational policies.

    It will answer basic questions such as:

    • Which employers are subject to FMLA?
    • Which employees are eligible for FMLA leave?
    • What are qualifying reasons for FMLA leave?
    • What are the notice requirements?

    It will also answer frequently-asked questions such as: 

    • What is a “serious health condition”?
    • When does the obligation to maintain coverage cease?
    • How does FMLA interact with COBRA?
    • Must employees continue to accrue vacation while on FMLA leave?
    • Can an employer retroactively designate leave as FMLA leave?

     RSVP by Tuesday, April 4, 2012  to Melissa Cornwell 409-338-2126,