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Navigating the ADA Minefield: How to Avoid Getting Sued Over Employee Leaves and Accommodations
Tuesday 06/19/2018 02:15 PM - 03:30 PM Add to calendar
1.25 SHRM PDCs | Competencies: HR Expertise, Consultation, Critical Evaluation | Intended Audience: Midlevel
Workplace Application:
You will learn how to limit your organization's potential legal exposure by properly handling employee accommodations involving medical leaves. 

The most common type of employment lawsuit plaintiff today is the employee who got fired while on, or after returning from, a medical leave. This session will highlight mistakes in handling leaves that will almost certainly get your business sued, including failing to reinstate an employee following a leave because you realized you didn't really need him, firing an employee who fails to return from FMLA leave, terminating an employee who is deemed “permanently disabled” under workers' compensation, and changing an employee's job duties while he/she is away on leave. This session will learn:

  • Best practices in handling difficult and complex ADA accommodations involving medical leaves.
  • How to effectively navigate the interactive process.
  • How to bid farewell to a disabled employee while vaccinating yourself against a future lawsuit.
  • How to handle multiple leave extensions and how to know when you are finished with the interactive process.
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Shayna Helene Balch, Partner,
Fisher & Phillips, LLP
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Pavneet Singh Uppal, Partner,
Fisher & Phillips, LLP