For decades, the ADA has remained at the top of the list of human resources’ headaches. The statute includes both a non-discrimination provision and an obligation for employers to engage in an interactive process to determine if a reasonable accommodation exists to allow a disabled employee to perform his or her essential job functions. Common issues are whether an employee is “disabled,” what triggers the interactive process, and what constitutes a “reasonable accommodation.” In recent years, courts across the country have issued decisions that provide increased clarity about employers’ obligations under this statute.
Please join attorney Janet Hendrick, a partner at Phillips Murrah, as she discusses recent important ADA decisions in plain English.
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
Just a sampling of what this webinar will cover:
- Common medical conditions that may constitute “disabilities” under the ADA, but employers often overlook, such as mental health conditions, obesity, and hearing impairments
- Whether a job function is truly “essential” (and why it matters)
- How employers can maximize their chance of winning a failure to accommodate claim under the ADA
- How to stop the clock on lengthy, extended leaves of absence
- AND MUCH MORE!
YOUR CONFERENCE LEADER
Your conference leader for “Courts Clarify Employers’ Obligations Under the Americans with Disabilities Act: Recent Updates” is Janet Hendrick. Janet is an experienced employment litigator who tackles each of her client’s problems with a tailored, results-oriented approach. Whether training managers on employment law compliance to minimize an employer’s legal risk or representing the employer in court or arbitration, she brings years of experience and in-depth legal knowledge to deliver results.
Janet regularly appears in state and federal court to defend employers of all sizes against discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and related claims. She frequently represents non-subscribing employers against employee injury claims under state law. Rather than simply managing a case, Janet applies a resolution strategy from the beginning of a matter that informs every decision, always with her clients’ goals in mind. Her approach has led to successful resolution of claims whether by dispositive motion, favorable settlement, or judgment.
To help clients avoid litigation, she helps them navigate high-risk employment decisions and audits, and trains management in a user-friendly, interactive style that results in a more productive and positive work environment and fewer claims. Janet prepares employment contracts and arbitration agreements, and prepares, defends, and enforces restrictive covenants, including non-competition agreements.
Janet is a sought-after speaker and author on topics including gender diversity in the legal profession, workplace accommodations and leave management, evolving workplace protections of LGBT employees, and the rapidly expanding gig economy.
Deeply committed to the advancement of women in the legal profession, Janet is an active member of the National Association of Women Lawyers and the Dallas Women Lawyers Association. She is also a member of the labor and employment law sections of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Texas, and the Dallas Bar Association.
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