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    Staying in Touch: What Happens When Your Employee is on Authorized Leave?

    Date: February 11, 2014, 5:30pm – 8:00pm
    Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza
    100 Sandoval Street
    Members: $30 Non-Members: $35 Walk-Ins: $40
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    Staying in Touch: What Happens When Your Employee is on Authorized Leave?

    Attorney Paula G. Maynes, Miller Stratvert PA

    This presentation is pending 1.5 HRCI Credit Hours

    FMLA is a complex and procedurally intense law. Ms. Maynes will address key issues such as
    • Various types of leave:
      • Authorized Leave/Paid Time Off
      • Family Medical Leave (FMLA)
      • Workers’ Compensation
      • Authorized Leave Without Pay
      • Telework Agreements Military Leave
    • Documentation that must be completed prior to taking such leave, including:
      • Certifications for Family Medical Leave
      • Medical/health information to support injury time off/lost time
      • Requests for leave per PTO or Other Leave policy
      • Requests for Military Leave
      • Request for leave without pay/donated leave
      • Telework agreements
    • HR’s role before the employee goes on leave and during the leave:
      • Communicating a simple requirement tostay in touch
        • To who
        • How frequently?
      • What do you need to tell employer?
      • Arrangements with emergency contacts
      • Telephone or internet availability
      • Availability to come into work and meet
    • What is essential to have in place before the employee returns to work:
      • Full physical/psychological release to return to work
      • Fitness for duty evaluation
      • Doctor’s opinion that performance of essential functions of job will not cause harm to an employee/others

    Since 1998, Paula G. Maynes has been with the law firm of Miller Stratvert P.A., with offices in Albuquerque, Farmington, Las Cruces and Santa Fe. Paula works out of the Santa Fe office, and she is a Partner and Director.  At Miller Stratvert, Paula practices law in the areas of:

    • Administrative Law
    • Civil Rights and Public Sector Law
    • Employment & Human Relations Law

    Paula also practiced law with the firm of Montgomery & Andrews, P.A., where she worked on general defense litigation, with emphasis in the area of employment law, which included defense of public and private employers in civil rights and law enforcement cases; advising and counseling New Mexico employers on civil rights, immigration law, wage and hour law, employee handbooks, accommodations to disabilities and fair employment practices.

    Lastly, Paul was an Assistant Attorney General, for the Civil Division, of the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General. In the state Attorney General’s Office , Paula represented labor and employment-related state agencies including the State Personnel Board, Office of the State Labor Commission, the Human Rights Commission, and the Governor’s Committee on Concerns of the Handicapped; which included representing agencies and responding to agency day-to-day requests for legal advice.

    Paula has Bar Admissions with: State of New Mexico State of Texas U.S. District Court, District of New Mexico U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit Paula Maynes is an experienced civil rights trial litigator.  Ms. Maynes has defended Title VII actions, New Mexico Human Rights Act actions, Americans with Disabilities actions, wrongful termination suits, law enforcement actions and 42 U.S.C. §1983 actions sought against State, County and municipal governments. Ms. Maynes has also defended the State of New Mexico against foster care practices.  Specifically, Ms. Maynes defended the State Human Services in Yvonne L. v. New Mexico Dep't of Human Servs., 959 F.2d 883, 891-93 (10th Cir. 1992);  an action challenging a foster child’s right to health safety after placement in a licensed group home while in foster care.

    Paula received her JD, from the University of New Mexico School of Law, Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 1984 and her B.A from St John’s College, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 1979. Last year Paula was recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in 2013, in the areas of Labor and Employment.

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