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Why You Should Attend
Leaves of absence and workplace accommodations pose complex legal, regulatory, and policy challenges for both employers and employees. Chronic conditions, increases in mental health and substance abuse issues, and vaccine and accommodation considerations relating to COVID-19 add to the complexity. Meeting the challenges involves a delicate balance of legal, safety, and employee relations considerations and requires an understanding of the substantive and practical considerations involved in achieving legal compliance.
In this program, practitioners from third party leave management providers and employee advocacy and management defense bars, along with in-house counsel and agency representatives, will share legal updates and practical insights on how to manage risk relating to leave and accommodation decisions. Panelists will provide insights into enforcement and legal trends and share practical approaches to addressing issues using hypothetical but realistic scenarios to illustrate and explore best practices for managing thorny leave and accommodation challenges, while avoiding legal risk. The program’s goal will be to provide a legal framework from which pragmatic solutions can emerge.
What You Will Learn
- EEOC and DOL enforcement trends
- Common pitfalls and practical approaches relating to administering the FMLA and ADA
- Tips for managing behavioral and mental health and substance abuse issues
- Return to work and intermittent leave management issues and strategies for ensuring legal compliance while minimizing abuse
- Undue hardship considerations for disability and religious accommodations
- COVID-19 accommodation trends relating to vaccination and remote work
- Convenient half- day program format
Who Should Attend
Seasoned in-house employment and labor counsel, outside counsel for employees and employers, and HR professionals who are looking for in-depth analyses of the ADA, FMLA, and compliance-related requirements. Presenters will assume that attendees already possess an understanding of the legal frameworks of both laws.