The FMLA Voyage and How to Stay Afloat

Rachelle Stewart headshotNathan Stucky headshotBy: Nathan Stucky & Rachelle Stewart

Participants will be refreshed on the employer’s legal obligations under the Family and Medical Leave Act. Participants will also hear about the centralization of all medical leaves of absence for 14,000 employees into the FSDS unit and what we have learned during this project.  By the end of the session, objectives covered will include: 1) When has the employee “disclosed” a need for leave?  2) General leave requirements & leave entitlements. 3) How medical information can be used and how do we manage the medical documentation?  4) When FMLA overlaps with the ADA  5) Medical Leave centralization at the University of Iowa, the good, bad, and ugly?  Examples will be provided and discussed regarding some of the most challenging cases at the University of Iowa.

Presentation Objectives:

  • When has the employee “disclosed” a need for leave?
  • General leave requirements & leave entitlements
  • How medical information can be used and how do we manage the medical documentation?
  • When FMLA overlaps with the ADA


About the Speaker:
Nathan Stucky is Director of University Human Resources Faculty & Staff Disability Services.  Nathan and his team administer FMLA and the ADA for 15,000 employees on the University of Iowa campus.  Nathan describes himself as a self-proclaimed HR Jock and has worked in a number of industries including: education, local government, healthcare, and retail when he worked for Hy-Vee.  Nathan still to this day lives the motto of having a helpful smile in every aisle.  Nathan is a proud Iowa native who grew up in Atlantic, and split his high school years in Atlantic, Humboldt, and Marshalltown.  Nathan received his BA in Business Management – HR track and his BA in Music from the University of Northern Iowa, and is currently finishing his MBA from the University of Dubuque.

Rachelle Stewart is an Assistant HR Director for University of Iowa Athletics. She has worked at the University for 19 years including roles as a Senior HR Specialist working with FMLA and ADA, and a HR Generalist in University Housing & Dining. Rachelle received her BA from the University of Iowa. She is a self-described FMLA junkie.

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