Keep yourself and your business up to speed with a free workshop focusing on the changes made earlier this year to the federal Family and Medical Leave Act. Free workshops on how to start a small business in Illinois also are coming up.
The Illinois Small Business Development Center at Rend Lake College, in its efforts to partner with and inform the Southern Illinois small business community, has joined with the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce Small Business Council and the U.S. Department of Labor to present the FMLA workshop.
"The Federal Family Medical Leave Act: What It Means to Me and My Employees" will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday, April 21, in Room 354 at the Rend Lake College MarketPlace on Potomac Boulevard in Mt. Vernon. The session is expected to last approximately two hours.
The program will provide a general overview of the FMLA with special emphasis placed on the changes implemented as of January 16 this year. The Act provides certain employees with up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave per year and requires that group health benefits be maintained during the leave. The FMLA is designed to help employees balance their work and family responsibilities by taking reasonable unpaid leave for certain family and medical reasons. It also seeks to accommodate the legitimate interests of employers, and promotes equal employment opportunity for men and women.
Seating is limited, so register for this free workshop today by calling (618) 242-5813.
Also on tap from the SBDC are two free sessions of "Starting Your Business in Illinois." These workshops cover SBDC services, legal structures, registering businesses and business plans.
Participants can choose from two workshop dates, Saturday, April 18, or Saturday, May 16. Both will be held from 9 a.m. to noon in Room 338 of the RLC MarketPlace, and will be led by Curt Mowrer, Executive Director of the Illinois Small Business Development Center at Rend Lake College. One lucky participant from each class will win a $20 gift card from Lone Star Steakhouse.
Anyone interested may call the RLC Small Business Development Center at (618) 242-5813 to register.