ADA, FMLA, And Workers' Compensation Summit: Meeting HR's Intersecting Leave Law Obligations

Webinar: ID# 1001739
About This Course:
In February, the EEOC sued a disability support services company in Arizona for unlawful discrimination on the basis of its inflexible leave of absence policy, seeking lost wages and compensatory and punitive damages. UPS is dealing with a class action lawsuit over its inflexible leave policy, as the EEOC claims it violates the ADA by allowing only a 12-month leave of absence and fails to provide disabled employees further reasonable accommodations for their disabilities.

With cases like this and dozens more, and new interpretations of the ADA and FMLA, it’s clear that the EEOC is targeting employer leave policies like never before.

Complicated questions arise all the time when the line separating employee FMLA rights, applicable workers’ comp coverage, and employee rights under the ADA is blurred. Employer obligations can get murky very quickly, too, so it’s imperative that you know what you can and can’t do when facing the treacherous triangle of disability and leave laws.

Join us for an intensive, one-day learning event on how intersecting ADA, FMLA, and workers’ comp regulations impact your policies and procedures, and what you MUST do to adapt!

Learning Objectives:
  • Why inflexible leave policies may violate the ADAAA
  • How to distinguish between a serious health condition and a disability that might require leave
  • New definitions for parent, child, and spouse under the FMLA
  • How to handle requests for extensions of leave after FMLA leave expires
  • The differences between “FMLA-land” and “ADA-territory,” and how understanding that can help you handle leave requests
About Your Presenters:

Attorney Susan G. Fentin is a partner in the labor and employment firm of Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C., which has represented exclusively management interests for more than 40 years. She is experienced in teaching master classes on both the FMLA and ADA.

Her practice concentrates on labor and employment counseling, advising large and small employers on their responsibilities and obligations under state and federal employment laws, and representing employers before state and federal agencies and in court. She speaks frequently about employment law topics to industry groups and human resource professionals and is the Editor of the Massachusetts Employment Law Letter. She is routinely named a Massachusetts SuperLawyer, and since 2010, she has been ranked as one of the top labor and employment attorneys in Massachusetts by the prestigious Chambers USA rating agency.

Attorney Kimberly A. Klimczuk has been a partner at Skoler, Abbott, & Presser, P.C. since 2011. She has successfully defended clients in state and federal court and before administrative agencies in a variety of areas of employment law, including wage/hour law, discrimination, harassment, wrongful discharge, and breach of contract.

In addition, Ms. Klimczuk has assisted employers in compliance matters involving the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, and drafted numerous affirmative action plans for them. She is a frequent speaker for a wide variety of associations and organizations and is an active member of the Western Massachusetts community.

Attorney John S. Gannon is an associate in the Springfield, Massachusetts office of Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C. He defends employers against discrimination, retaliation, harassment, wrongful termination, and related claims. In addition, he conducts comprehensive workforce wage and hour audits and reviews workplace policies for compliance with state and federal employment laws. He is a regular contributor to business publications and the Massachusetts Employment Law Letter, and a frequent speaker on employment-related legal topics, such as wage and hour compliance, personnel policies and practices, and employment litigation.

Attorney David W. McBride recently joined Skoler, Abbott, & Presser, P.C. in 2013, having graduated from Cornell Law School. Mr. McBride’s practice is concentrated in labor law and employment litigation representing management. He is a regular contributor to the Massachusetts Employment Law Letter. His prior experience includes working at a major labor union in New York, N.Y., on both labor and employment law issues, including employer compliance with federal employment laws and preparation for litigation and arbitration.

Please Note this is an extended one-day webinar.
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