On March 24, 2011, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released the much-anticipated final regulations implementing the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, which expanded ADA employment protections in the workplace. The regulations are effective on May 24, 2011. Franczek Radelet is pleased to provide a complimentary webinar that will explain what the regulations mean for employers and offer strategies for avoiding and defending against potential disability discrimination claims.
Given the ADA’s new statutory framework and new regulations that stretch the statute even further, employers should be prepared more than ever to respond to accommodation requests, make accommodations where necessary, and manage employees with medical conditions.
In this webinar, I will:
- Provide a plain-English explanation of the new ADA regulations
- Highlight the EEOC’s decision to specifically include in the regulations those medical conditions that will “virtually always” constitute impairments covered by the ADA
- Guide employers on how to deal with episodic or short-term impairments, and conditions in remission
- Cover what is required during the “interactive process” and what is “reasonable” when considering an accommodation for an employee
- Address how the “regarded as” disabled prong makes it easier for employees to establish ADA coverage
- What the EEOC says about an individual’s use of mitigating measures (such as medication, medical equipment, and prosthetic devices) as part of the disability analysis
- Advise how employers should adapt their policies and reasonable accommodation processes so as to minimize liability