COVID and ADA Accommodations: Updates You Need to Know NOW
As businesses return to normal operations, a significant number of higher-risk employees predictably don’t want to go back to their former workspaces and are requesting an ADA accommodation to continue working from home. With these higher-risk employees representing a large part of the workforce, they pose significant management and labor force challenge for employers.
Plus, employers and managers must now navigate a host of new and revised federal and state statutes to accommodate employees as part of the “new normal.” In our information-packed 60-minute event, Dr. Jim Castagnera, attorney at law, will guide you through the new requirements to keep your organization in compliance and your employees safe.
Join us as we address:
- Requirements under the FMLA, GINA, ADEA and FFCRA
- The employer’s responsibility today to accommodate under the ADA
- Solutions for addressing employee resistance to necessary work rules
- Ways to prepare for the flood of accommodation requests that are expected
- How to stay on top of and adhere to the latest federal, state, and local requirements
- And MUCH more!
Responding to Employees’ Requests for ADA Accommodations
- How to properly handle an employee's request for an accommodation
- Utilizing the ADA interactive process in determining if an accommodation is warranted
- Addressing work from home and other possible accommodation requests
- Employee's privacy rights with relation to disability and accommodation
Navigating Overlapping Requirements of ADA and FMLA Leave
- Related Family and Medical Leave Act requirements
- Rights of employees with chronic illnesses and potential illnesses under the FMLA
- When a chronic illness may be considered a serious health condition under the FMLA
We’ll answer employers’ ADA accommodations questions such as:
- Are chronic illness and the age of an employee considered disabilities?
- Does the possibility of contracting COVID-19 and suffering a bad outcome constitute a disability?
- Are mental health issues stemming from COVID-19 concerns considered long term disabilities warranting an accommodation?
- Does a genetic predisposition to an illness warrant accommodation in the post pandemic environment?
About the Speaker
Dr. Jim Castagnera holds an M.A. in Journalism from Kent State University, and a J.D. and Ph.D. (American Studies) from Case Western Reserve University. He worked 10 years as a labor, employment, and intellectual-property attorney with Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr and 23 years as associate provost & legal counsel for academic affairs at Rider University, where in 2018 he received the university’s highest annual award for distinguished service. He also did stints as a full-time law professor at UT-Austin and Widener University Law School.
Having retired from Rider in 2019, he is engaged in a portfolio of activities: Member and Chief Consultant of Holland Media Services LLC, a public relations firm with offices in Philadelphia and Los Angeles; Partner with Portum Group International LLC, a cyber security & privacy consulting firm in Philadelphia; Of Counsel to Washington International Business Counsel; an Adjunct Professor of Law in the Kline School at Law at Drexel University, and an arbitrator for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
In our 60-minute program, employers, HR managers and supervisors will learn the latest requirements for granting ADA accommodations to qualifying employees. You’ll discover how to identify who truly qualifies, plus the limits of the accommodations and leave you are mandated to provide.
If you'd like this program customized for your organization, call us at 1-800-964-6033. We're certain we can fulfill your training needs, while making it fit in your budget!
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Please submit a request to obtain proof of your participation and a certificate of attendance will be emailed within 2-3 days.