webinarWhen: Thursday, June 23, 2016 (12:30 – 1:45 p.m. CDT)

This is going to be fun!

Earlier this month, the EEOC issued a technical assistance resource on leave as an ADA reasonable accommodation under the ADA. I am delighted that EEOC Commissioner Chai Feldblum will join me for a webinar to take a deep dive into the information provided in the EEOC’s resource and apply the technical assistance to a variety of real-life scenarios.

This complimentary webinar comes at a critical time for employers, as employers need to be informed about the extent to which they should provide a leave of absence to an employee with a medical condition – either before or after the employee’s FMLA leave has expired (or when FMLA doesn’t apply at all). Whether it’s the obligation to provide light duty, how and when employers can obtain medical information about an employee’s need for leave, or how many extensions of leave must they provide, employers often struggle with their obligations to provide leave as an ADA reasonable accommodation.

The webinar will provide employers much-needed technical assistance for staying compliant with the ADA and related laws. Commissioner Feldblum and I will cover a variety of common, yet difficult issues, including:

  • At what point must an employer consider leave as a reasonable accommodation?
  • What information can an employer obtain from an employee’s health care provider to support a request for leave? How often can an employer request this information?
  • How should employers structure their paid leave and related policies to comply with the ADA?
  • Can an employer maintain an “automatic termination” policy that sets a specific end date upon which an employee is terminated when they cannot return to work?
  • At what point is an employer required to reassign an employee to another position as a reasonable accommodation?
  • How many extensions of leave must an employer provide before it can permanently fill an employee’s position or terminate employment?

Maybe I’ll even entice Commissioner Feldblum to sing with me!

My law firm is an approved provider of Illinois Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE). This program is approved for 1 hour of MCLE credit. This program also has been submitted to SHRM and the HR Certification Institute for review and approval for accreditation.