Family Medical Leave Specialist - FMLA

Washington D.C
Oct 04, 2019
Oct 22, 2019
Full Time
Minimum Qualifications:


Graduation from an accredited college or university with an Associate's Degree in Human Resources, Business Administration or a related field.


A minimum of five (5) years of professional experience in the human resources field administering FMLA and ADA programs. Experience working in a unionized environment is highly desirable.

Or, an equivalent combination of post-high school education and nine (9) years of professional experience in the human resources field administering benefits programs, to include FMLA and ADA.


Bachelor's Degree in Human Resources, Business Administration or a related field.

Professional in Human Resource Management (PHR) certification.

Medical Group:

Satisfactorily complete the medical examination for this job, if required. Incumbent must be able to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation(s).

Job Summary/Essential Functions:

The Family Medical Leave (FMLA) Specialist is responsible for effectively coordinating Metro's Family Medical Leave program and coordinating placements for employees who are medically disqualified, to include general administration, comprehensive case management, and program compliance with federal law, WMATA policies and collective bargaining agreements. This position will provide proactive education, guidance, and training to WMATA employees regarding FMLA requirements and other related WMATA programs. The incumbent serves as the subject matter expert for FMLA, in alignment and under the general direction and guidance of HR leadership and COUN; has latitude for independent judgment, action, and initiative within established guidelines.

Independently approves and/or denies FMLA cases based on relevant medical information. Coordinates and organizes all medical information and ensures that HIPAA and Employee Privacy guidelines are closely monitored and effectively executed.

Reviews and assesses current FMLA leave practices and propose revisions to improve overall accuracy, consistency, efficiency and communication with stakeholders.

Counsels employees, supervisors and management about FMLA rights and responsibilities while maintaining appropriate confidentiality of employee medical information.

Communicates as necessary with employees, supervisors and departments to keep stakeholders informed and up to date through FMLA leave application process, period of FMLA leave, and return to work.

Analyzes data, producing and managing reporting metrics and analytics for all leave cases. Coordinates process for statistical reporting as requested.

Coordinates the medically disqualified placement program for employees. Monitors employees' participation in accordance with applicable policies and bargaining agreements.

Assists in the creation and facilitation of FMLA training programs for employees and management.

The essential duties listed are not intended to limit specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Nor is it intended to limit in any way the right of managers and supervisors to assign, direct and control the work of employees under their supervision.

Evaluation Criteria:

Consideration will be given to applicants whose resumes demonstrate the required education and experience. Applicants should include all relevant education and work experience.

Evaluation criteria may include one or more of the following:
  • Personal Interview
  • Skills Assessments
  • Verification of education and experience
  • Criminal Background Check
  • Credit history report for positions with fiduciary responsibilities
  • Successful completion of a medical examination including a drug and alcohol screening
  • Review of a current Motor Vehicle Report


Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, a Federal contractor, is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, gender, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, physical or mental disability, or status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by applicable federal law, except where a bona fide occupational qualification exists. Our hiring process is designed to be accessible and free from discrimination.

This posting is an announcement of a vacant position under recruitment. It is not intended to replace the official job description. Job Descriptions are available upon confirmation of an interview.