What qualifies as a psychiatric disability? How is an employee’s psychiatric disability determined? What types of accommodation is an employer required to make? Which regulations, in addition to the Americans with Disabilities Act, determine the employer’s response? These are just some of the questions employers are asking in response to an increasing number of employees claiming to be psychiatrically disabled. An employer’s response used to be simpler. Today, an employee can claim to have a disability more easily, employers have an increased requirement to accommodate, and the regulations that the employer must satisfy go beyond just the ADA. Please join Melissa Fleischer, attorney at law, as she takes you step-by-step through what you should consider from certifying an employee as having a psychiatric disability and the required employer accommodations, all the way to the additional regulations which an employer should be concerned with as well.
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
Just a sampling of the many practical tips you’ll take away:
- Learn what constitutes a psychiatric disability.
- Find out exactly what all the Americans with Disabilities Act requirements are, including, certifying the disability, accommodation, and period of certification.
- How the Family and Medical Leave Act and its intermittent leave requirements fit into psychiatric accommodations.
- How workplace safety issues should be addressed while not discriminating against the employee who has been certified with a psychiatric disability.
- GINA considerations.
YOUR CONFERENCE LEADER
Your conference leader for “Psychiatric Disabilities: How to Accommodate & Reduce Employer Risk and Liability” is Melissa Fleischer, attorney at law. Ms. Fleischer is a management-side employment attorney with 20 years of experience representing clients in employment law discrimination litigation as well as providing preventive counseling and training on workplace issues. HR Learning Center, LLC offers training seminars, webinars, and consulting on a wide range of workplace and human resources issues. She is also a frequent speaker on a wide range of employment law topics including: workplace investigations, anti-harassment training, FMLA and ADA training, workplace violence prevention, etc. Ms. Fleischer earned her J.D. degree from The George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C., and her B.A., cum laude, from New York University.
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